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Re: Idea for an "Open Dinosaur Project"-like Wikimedia Project
The problem with paleodb is that it only accepts contributions from
people who hold Ph.Ds. I can understand why it takes that approach,
but I think it's self-defeating, and it will certainly greatly reduce
the amount of effort it's able to attract (not least because people
with Ph.Ds are mostly already working on their own projects and don't
have a lot of time for contributing to such efforts). Wikipedia shows
the way here, for sure.
2009/12/3 Steve C. Wang <email@example.com>:
> At 9:23 AM -0800 12/3/09, Saint Abyssal wrote:
>>I have an idea for a new Wikimedia Foundation project that would serve as
>>a free reference work *for researchers*. This concept would apply the wiki
>>architecture to the task of organizing data, references, images, and other
>>data useful for the professional researcher.
> This sounds similar in spirit to the Paleobiology Database
> (http://www.paleodb.org). The PBDB is more oriented to repositing locality
> data and references, rather than pictures or character matrices, but I
> believe the structure already exists to store other kinds of information.
> The PBDB has had a great effect on paleo research, particularly in invert
> paleo. In less than a decade, there have already been more than 100 papers
> published using PBDB data. For example, see the article on mass extinctions
> in the open ocean vs epicontinental seas by Miller and Foote in last week's
> http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/326/5956/1106 .
> Steve C. Wang
> Blauistein Visiting Associate Professor of Geological Sciences
> Stanford University
> Associate Professor of Statistics
> Swarthmore College