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  Re: [Aroid-l] Fwd: What happened to CATE-Araceae site?
From: Simon Mayo <simonjosephmayo at gmail.com> on 2020.07.13 at 22:51:34
Dear Greg

All the content that you so generously contributed should be there. I just searched your name on the site and there are over 1000 entries!=C2=A0 The site has been very quiet for the last few years. Its future currently depends on the goodwill of the Natural History Museum of London, who also serve hundreds of other taxonomic websites=C2=A0like CATE on their=C2=A0Scratchpads project, run by Dr Vince Smith (http://scratchpads.eu/). CATE has from the beginning, back in about 2004, been a collaboration between Kew and the NHM London. We are hopeful that we now have a few trouble-free years ahead of us. I think the concept of a taxonomic website run by a global community=C2=A0of taxonomists is still a bit of a novelty. In the end, only institutions can guarantee them as permanent fixtures, but the whole point of websites like CATE is that they are open to all bona fide researchers and I think that this can be a major security problem for individual institutions. The basic concept of the original CATE team was that in the future, taxonomic revisions of organisms will be websites rather than paper-published, and they would usually need to be the work of international teams rather than just one or two individuals, in order to reach and maintain high quality.=C2=A0 This is quite an idealistic view, and there is still some way to go before this becomes the default way of doing taxonomy. However, there are indications that things are moving a=C2=A0bit. See the recent paper here=C2=A0https://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/article?id=3D10.1371/journal.pbio.3000736

All the best
Simon

On Mon, Jul 13, 2020 at 10:25 PM Greg Ruckert <greg@alpacamanagement.com> wrote:

Hopefully this means all our work is not lost.

Greg Ruckert

On 13/07/2020 5:18 pm, Simon Mayo wrote:

Dear All

This is to bring you up to date with CATE Araceae. Anna Haigh and myself=C2=A0are pleased to be able to let you know that CATE Araceae has been reinstated with the original address, which should make it easier to find on Google, by just googling Cate Araceae. The current address is:


If you use the previous address I announced back in February (http://araceae-e--monocot-org.scratchpads.eu/) you should be redirected automatically to the new (original) address.=C2=A0
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It is still a work=C2=A0in progress and will always be so. There is much updating to do. The site is maintained on the servers of the Natural History Museum London, as part of the Scratchpads project for e-taxonomy (http://scratchpads.eu/).

Best wishes
Simon Mayo and Anna Haigh
=C2=A0

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