[tdwg-tag] [tdwg-content] canonicalScientificName

Simon Chagnoux simon.chagnoux at mnhn.fr
Thu Mar 15 10:22:55 CET 2012

Sure, for prototypes and proof of concept things, edge cases can be left 
apart. But some people and institutions also use Darwin Core for 
exchanging data between big databases. It is a simple and powerful tool 
for that, especially coupled with DwC/A.

When records doesn't fit in standard terms and you cannot afford losing 
the information, the only solution is to add your own custom field.  I 
am clearly happier when I find the term I need in the standard.

As canonicalScientificName is both useful enough and clearly defined I 
vote for adding it to the standard.



Le 14/03/2012 20:17, Roderic Page a écrit :
> Apart from the fact that I can barely bring myself to care about 
> plants ;) I suspect that the vast majority of names do not present 
> these problems. Why do we let edge cases determine what we do?
> Regards
> Rod

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