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RE: Idea for an "Open Dinosaur Project"-like Wikimedia Project

Judging from the amount of similar "wiki-like" projects that have appeared in 
these responses, I wonder if your Wikimedia project idea would be more 
beneficial if it followed a Digg-like approach rather than a Wikipedia style 

That is to say, you could make a site that serves as an aggregator of 
information that is already available online. There is even the potential for 
crowd sourcing, as the professional public will be able to better hone in on 
what online sources are the best for a particular subject.


--- On Thu, 12/3/09, Saint Abyssal <saint_abyssal@yahoo.com> wrote:

> From: Saint Abyssal <saint_abyssal@yahoo.com>
> Subject: RE: Idea for an "Open Dinosaur Project"-like Wikimedia Project
> To: tholtz@umd.edu
> Cc: "Dinosaur Mailing List" <dinosaur@usc.edu>
> Date: Thursday, December 3, 2009, 2:12 PM
> > From: Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
> <tholtz@umd.edu>
> > Actually, from the point of view of
> > the character information and such: this
> > is already underway in MorphoBank:
> > http://www.morphobank.org/index.php?g=search&s=browse&ss=overview
> > 
> > Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
> Morphobank is really interesting, but not exactly what I
> had in mind. For one thing, my idea is not to create a
> *tool* that can be used as a medium for *actively doing*
> research, but a *reference base* to *fuel and empower*
> research being done separately. My idea would serve as a
> repository of results from research that has already
> completed rather than a place for workers to work and
> collaborate together on research projects *in progress*. 
> Also, as far as I can tell with a quick glance, most of the
> data in Morphobank are available to members only, and with
> at least some of it being private to members in specific
> project groups. Only 15 matrices are publicly available out
> of the many dozens of projects. This is very different than
> my suggestion, which as a reference work would try to make
> data as easily accessible to as many people as possible.
> There's definitely some overlap, but Morph
ls than I do. If Morphobank was the
> science lab, my project would be more like a library or
> museum. Thank you for the attention you've given the
> proposal (and for telling me about Morphobank). :D
> ~ Abyssal