- Web-based taxonomy
Web-based taxonomy is the effort by taxonomists to use the
World Wide Webin order to create unified, consensus taxonomies of life on Earth.
In his 2002 paper on the subject [ [http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v417/n6884/full/417017a.html Godfray, H.C.J (2002). Challenges for taxonomy. "Nature" 417: 17-19] ] ,
H. Charles J. Godfraycalled for the creation of Web-based organisations to collect all the accumulated literature on a taxonomic group into a centralized knowledge base and make this data available through the Web as a unified taxonomy, so that it can be more easily examined and revised. Such a platform would be owned and maintained by a taxonomic working group, governed by an editor or an editorial board. An example of such a platform is FishBase.
The notion of Web-based consensus taxonomies remains controversial because, as two Australian researchers pointed out [cite journal | author = Thiele, Kevin and David Yeates | year = 2002 | title = Tension arises from duality at the heart of taxonomy | journal = Nature | issue = 419 | doi = 10.1038/419337a | pages = 337 | volume = 419] , taxonomic names are not fixed but hypotheses, and therefore in constant change.
* [http://www.cate-project.org/ CATE Project]
* [http://www.eol.org/ Encyclopedia of Life]
* [http://www.catalogueoflife.org Species 2000 / ITIS Catalogue of Life]
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