[tdwg-guid] ZooBank Guiding Principles Document

Richard Pyle deepreef at bishopmuseum.org
Fri Feb 23 09:16:13 CET 2007

Greetings TDWGers:

First, my apologies for the cross-posting (a sentence many of you will read
three or four times in the next few minutes...)

Attached to this email message is a PDF document representing a draft
version of the "Guiding Principles and Policies" for the future development
of ZooBank, the proposed electronic registry of Zoological names and
nomenclatural acts, as governed by the ICZN Code.  A copy of this document
has also been temporarily placed at this URL:
A more permanent home for the evolving document will be posted as soon as it
is established.

Please take the time to review this document and provide comments,
criticisms and questions. This message has been distributed to the ZooBank
email list, ICZN email list, TAXACOM, and TDWG email lists.  Please feel
free to forward this message and the document to any individuals or
discussion forums with an interest in the future development of ZooBank. As
stated in the document itself, from this point forward the goal is to
develop ZooBank in a completely transparent way, with as much community
input as possible.

All feedback via whatever mechanism is, of course, most welcomed!  However,
to help consolidate the discussions, as much of the feedback as possible
should be posted through the ZooBank email list.  Information for how to
subscribe to that list and access its archives is available here:

Obviously, feedback on any aspect of this document, or relating to ZooBank
in general, will be gratefully received.  In particular, however, it would
be most helpful to receive comments on what minimal data attributes (and in
what format) should be required in order for a record to be considered
"verified", and what standards of quality control should be applied to such

There will be a gathering of a number of ICZN Commissioners at the IUBS
Meeting in Washington, D.C., in May
(http://www7.nationalacademies.org/IUBS/), so it would be especially useful
to have feedback before then.


Richard L. Pyle, PhD
Commissioner, International Commission for Zoological Nomenclature

Database Coordinator for Natural Sciences
  and Associate Zoologist in Ichthyology
Department of Natural Sciences, Bishop Museum
1525 Bernice St., Honolulu, HI 96817
Ph: (808)848-4115, Fax: (808)847-8252
email: deepreef at bishopmuseum.org
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