The Virtual Taxonomist
Scholarly communication for
the facebook generation



Vincent S. Smith
Taxonomy
  The foundation of biology
Goal…
 • Inventory the Earth’s species
 • Document their relationships
 • “Publish” t...
Taxonomy is parochial
              Information sits in the “long tail” of a power distribution

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The Virtual Taxonomist

  1. 1. The Virtual Taxonomist Scholarly communication for the facebook generation Vincent S. Smith
  2. 2. Taxonomy The foundation of biology 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. Taxonomy is parochial Information sits in the “long tail” of a power distribution 1.8 million species Bacteria 9021 Spp Plants Fungi Animals Other Archaebacteria 260k spp. 101k 1.18 M spp. 193k spp. 259 Spp.

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