Scratchpads: community tools for taxonomists

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Invited talk at The Fourth International Conference on the Comparative Biology of the Monocotyledons- eTaxonomy session. August 15, 2008.

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Scratchpads: community tools for taxonomists

  1. 1. Scratchpads “community tools for taxonomists” Vincent S. Smith Simon D. Rycroft Dave Roberts
  2. 2. Macro scale taxonomy The big picture of taxonomic research Goal… • Inventory the Earth’s species • Document their relationships • “Publish” these data Data set… • 1.8M described species (10M names) • 300M pages (over last 250 years) • 1.5-3B specimens People… • 4-6,000 scientists • 30-40,000 amateurs • Many more citizen scientists?
  3. 3. Micro scale taxonomy The practice of taxonomic research Parochial… • Specialised • Experts • Fragmented distributed Methodological… • Communities of practice • Hard to record update • High output but low impact Different… • Data • Interpretations • Methods How do we integrate micro macro taxonomy?

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