[tdwg-tag] LSID Sourceforge URL & LSID Best Practices

Tony.Rees at csiro.au Tony.Rees at csiro.au
Thu Aug 27 08:55:41 CEST 2009

Rod page wrote:

1. It's perfectly acceptable for the public face of a major  
biodiversity informatics project to be broken in a way that makes us  
look amateurish.

At the e-Biosphere open discussion session, I reported an interesting and unfortunately not totally uncommon experience with major biodiversity informatics sens. lat, that several were either broken (e.g. OBIS searches for common taxa) or returned incomplete, or over-complete (correct + incorrect) data, and nobody seemed to care at this point. I guess it's just not mission-critical enough for anyone who does care??

Regards - Tony

Tony Rees
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From: tdwg-tag-bounces at lists.tdwg.org [mailto:tdwg-tag-bounces at lists.tdwg.org] On Behalf Of Roderic Page
Sent: Thursday, 27 August 2009 4:51 PM
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Subject: Re: [tdwg-tag] LSID Sourceforge URL & LSID Best Practices

OK, the message I'm getting is that:

1. It's perfectly acceptable for the public face of a major  
biodiversity informatics project to be broken in a way that makes us  
look amateurish.

2. TDWG must guarantee universal analysis at all times (even thought   
China may, on a whim, ban access to any site it choses).

3. That TDWG is already using Google Code for Darwin Core (http://code.google.com/p/darwincore/ 
  ) is, of course, irrelevant to this discussion, as is the fact that  
Google Code seems fine for GBIF (http://code.google.com/p/gbif-ecat/ )  
and EOL (http://code.google.com/p/eol-website/ ) projects.

4. Nobody thought these issues were important when the original  
project was set up on SourceForge  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SourceForge 

5. That Greg Whitbread's puns are appalling.

I'm clearly too worked up about this, but all I'm looking for is a  
simple fix to a simple problem. Instead, we're off on some tangent  
about incorporation, instead of actually dealing with the issue at  
hand. Perhaps I shouldn't get too bothered, and take this discussion  
as tacit agreement that LSIDs are doomed anyway.



Roderic Page
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