Alrighty. Whom do we ask or get to add a taxonomic addition to any living
organism's wikipedia entry? How do we create that - database, or what? And
as for having it on wikicommons, that's perfect, and have each individual
language wikipedia have its own species name (homme, man, hombre, whatever,
for homo sapiens) show up in its respective wiki. I don't know how that'd
be done, but why don't we try that, see how it works, and if not, go with
So long as the database has all the kingdom, phylum,...order...genus,
species, then local name, such as:
| Kingdom | .... | Order | Family | ... | Genus | Species | English |
Deutsch | Francais | Englisc | Dansk |
Animalia Primata Hominidae Homo Sapiens Human
Mensch homme mann Mann
And then have the local name used in each respective wikipedia, so that if a
user is in the French Wiki, then he'll see "Animalia...Sapiens" and
as the common name.
Is that what you're talking about?
[mailto:wikipedia-l-bounces@Wikimedia.org] On Behalf Of Daniel Mayer
Sent: Wednesday, August 25, 2004 9:17 PM
Subject: Re: [Wikipedia-l] Summary & questions was: Re: Taxoboxes.
--- Marco Krohn <marco.krohn(a)web.de> wrote:
Please don't bring it to a personal level who is
more "unhelpful". I
am sure both sides (pro-/contra Wikipspecies) want the "best", in the
sense that we all want to create as much as possible high quality and
free content in the long run.
Point taken. I apologize to everybody I've been rude to. This is not an
excuse but I felt (and still feel) that the proposed version of Wikispecies
would be a fork that would greatly harm our coverage of species info in
I also fear the creation of Wikihistory, Wikiphysics, Wikiwar, Wikiwhatever
forks that would harm our coverage in those areas by diverting eyeballs
(readers) and fingers (contributors) to the separate specialized projects,
leaving Wikipedia impoverished in those areas. (although subject-specific
WikiReaders up to the size of entire encyclopedias can and should be
evenutally created. But those would be selected from Wikipedia.)
The idea of creating a separate project that may be more suitable to
specialists is also counter to our open spirit, IMO (esp when the originator
of the Wikispecies idea suggested restricted editing of entries).
I firmly believe that Wikipedia can contain all these specialized data by
creating detailed [[Biology of ...]] articles where needed and leaving a
more accessible and shorter summary in the animal/taxon article (most of the
time the amount of info - such as in Jimbo's FishBase example - could be put
into the main article on the species/taxon).
Use of Wikimedia Commons to share common data (such as the taxoboxes and
elementboxes) between all Wikimedia projects and language versions is also a
great idea. As well as extending the category system by adding database
functions and adding an advanced search capability so that category-specific
searches and selects can can be conducted.
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