03.05.2016 10:53

Incentives to properly geo-reference specimens


Visualization of data in ongoing publications is one the new tools taxonomists are getting. Though we are not there yet to have a fully automated system that finds new articles, text and data mines and visualizes included observation records, on the way there, some interesting results appear.

One of the amazing discoveries that are well hidden in a closed access, bone dry article by Yasunga and colleagues on the the transfer of holotypes from one to another institution, is that by plotting the provided geo-coordinates the exact location of the collecting site in a remote small clearing in Northern Thailand appears.

 

At the same time, the collecting site in Southern Thailand is much less likely and calls for a better control of observation data before it is being published. In fact it calls for taken care of getting the most accurate GPS reads in the field first hand.