Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Surfacing the deep data of taxonomy

My paper "Surfacing the deep data of taxonomy" (based on a presentation I gave in 2011) has appeared in print as part to a special issue of Zookeys:

Page, R. (2016, January 7). Surfacing the deep data of taxonomy. ZooKeys. Pensoft Publishers.
The manuscript was written shortly after the talk, but as is the nature of edited volumes it's taken a while to appear.

My tweet about the paper sparked some interesting comments from David Shorthouse.

This is an appealing vision, because it seems unlikely that having multiple, small communities clustered around taxa will ever have the impact that taxonomists might like to have. Perhaps if we switch to focussing on objects (sequences, specimens, papers), notions of identity (e.g., DOIs, ORCID), and alternative measures of impact we can increase the visibility and perceived importance of the field. In this context, the recent paper "Wikiometrics: A Wikipedia Based Ranking System" looks interesting. A big consideration will be how connected is the network connecting taxonomists, papers, sequences, specimens, and names. If it's anything like the network of readers in Mendeley then we may face some challenges in community building around such a network.