Topic 3: GUIDs for Taxon Names and Taxon Concepts - Maybe ...

Sally Hinchcliffe S.Hinchcliffe at KEW.ORG
Fri Nov 4 15:08:12 CET 2005

Jessie wrote:
> I agree that anyone should be able to assign GUIDs but for their "own"
> Taxonomic_Concepts, (so for example a provider like say Mammal species
> of the world (or Bergey's manual for bacteria) which has well described
> concepts, could issue GUIDs for all of the concepts they recognise and
> other users of concepts could use their GUID in their database to record
> observations etc if they agreed with their concept. If they didn't agree
> with the MSW concept they could publish their own Taxonomic_Concept and
> GUID and relate it to some MSW Taxonomic_Concept GUID) BUT....
Here's a friday afternoon, post-pub idea: we set up a concept bank
like GenBank. You can publish (and ID) as many concepts as you like
in your own databases but it would be good practice to voluntarily
deposit your new concepts in some central repository of concepts and
after a while nobody would take any paper seriously if it didn't have
a bunch of concept bank ids at the bottom of it listing the new
concepts formed. People could go in and mine the ConceptBank for
concepts and do meta analyses or build up automated checklists out of
small concepts culled from monographs.
Anyone want to set  one up?
partially joking ...
*** Sally Hinchcliffe
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