[tdwg-content] status of uBio

Chuck Miller Chuck.Miller at mobot.org
Thu Oct 15 22:44:55 CEST 2015

I got this uBio status update from David Remsen, who is at MBL but no longer involved with uBio:

"uBio and associated systems (such as Nomenclator Zoologicus) are installed on machines for which the supporting software has not been updated in some time and was crashing regularly.  It is currently offline but Dmitry Mozzherin has a solution to host it in a Docker container that would stabilize it for use.  We are looking to have it back in service in the next weeks before Dima heads to Champaign and Species File Software."  


-----Original Message-----
From: davidpshorthouse at gmail.com [mailto:davidpshorthouse at gmail.com] On Behalf Of Shorthouse, David
Sent: Thursday, October 15, 2015 12:21 PM
To: Hilmar Lapp
Cc: Chuck Miller; tdwg-content at lists.tdwg.org; Jonathan A Rees
Subject: Re: [tdwg-content] status of uBio

> Good intentions. However, uBio has historically expressly not allowed 
> the download or redistribution of its content in bulk. (Perhaps 
> they’ve changed this lately, but if so, I’m not aware that they have.)

Is there still a 'they' that can respond? If there is no longer a 'they', is this a case of a resource that does more harm in being revived than in turning it off? I did not see evidence of activity in uBio prior to its disappearance; we ought to strive for resources that can acquire and integrate new content with minimal effort and be able to illustrate that. Perhaps we should solicit the once present 'they'
and current entities/individuals that have assumed ownership to release the content & functionality for reabsorption elsewhere.

David P. Shorthouse

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