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Subject:   Is an official US Federal Taxonomy coming?
     Date: Thu, 27 Aug 1998 12:10:45 -0400
     From: "Rickard S. Toomey, III" <toomey@museum.state.il.us>
 Reply-To:  batline@mail.unm.edu
       To:  vrtpaleo@usc.edu, batline@unm.edu, cave-biology@mcc.ac.uk
      CC:   ashatt@museum.state.il.us, sjtaylor@denr1.igis.uiuc.edu,
jkath@dnrmail.state.il.us



Rickard S. Toomey, III wrote:
> 
> Hello,
> 
>   Many of you may already be aware of the following, but in case
> some of you haven't seen this . . . .
> 
> The Federal Geographic Data Committee is soliciting comments
> on a proposal to develop a  "Biological Nomenclature and Taxonomy
> Data Standard."
> 
> -----------------------------------------
> >From the NGDC Standards Proposal WWW site
> http://www.fgdc.gov/Standards/Status/sub5_8.html
> 
> The FGDC is soliciting public comments on the proposal to develop a
> "Biological Nomenclature and Taxonomy Data Standard."  If the proposal
> is approved, the standard will be developed following
> the FGDC standards development and approval process.
> 
> PROPOSAL SUMMARY:
> 
> OBJECTIVES:  To provide a standardized, comprehensive, and
> consistent reference of scientific names (nomenclature) and associated
>  classification (taxonomy) for biological species.  This comprehensive
> standard will thus support the coordination, discovery, comparison,
> exchange, organization and integration of biological data among
> different government and non-government agencies, organizations,
> and individuals.
> 
> SCOPE:  This standard will focus on providing a standardized
> and consistent reference for scientific names (including scientific
> synonyms and common names) and taxonomy for plant, animal,
> fungal, moneran and protist species.  The standard should be used
> to support the discovery, comparison, exchange, organization and
> integration of any biological data (or related information product)
> that includes scientific names of species (or higher taxonomic
> groups) as part of its data structure.
> 
> Comments may be submitted via Internet mail or by submitting an
> electronic copy on diskette.
> 
> Send comments via Internet to:
> gdc-taxpro@www.fgdc.gov.  Comments e-mailed as attachments
> must be in ASCII format.
> 
> A soft copy version may be submitted on a 3.5 x 3.5 diskette in
> WordPerfect 5.0 or 6.0/6.1 format, along with one hardcopy version
>  of the comments, to the FGDC Secretariat (attn: Jennifer Fox) at
> U.S. Geological  Survey, 590 National Center, 12201 Sunrise Valley
>  Drive, Reston, Virginia, 20192.
> 
> Comments must be received on or before October 15, 1998.
> -------------------end material quoted from NGDC Website----------
> 
> You can view the entire proposal from the site listed above
> or by going directly to
> http://www.fgdc.gov/Standards/Documents/Proposals/taxpro.html
> 
> The implementaion of this proposal could have numerous
> important ramifications (at least in the U.S.).  I think that
> taxonomists and systematists of all types need to be in on the
> groundfloor on this.
> 
> Rick Toomey
> 
> ^.^  ^.^  ^.^  ^.^  ^.^  ^.^  ^.^  ^.^  ^.^  ^.^  ^.^  ^.^  ^.^  ^.^  ^.^
> Rickard S. Toomey, III   toomey@museum.state.il.us
> Illinois State Museum, 1011 E. Ash St., Springfield, IL 62703
> phone 217-524-7908   fax 217-785-2857
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