[Wikipedia-l] Developers needed!

James R. Johnson modean52 at comcast.net
Mon Aug 23 12:01:04 UTC 2004

I'm all for it - sounds pretty cool.  Could there possibly be redirects from
the Wikipedia to the Wikispecies, or vice versa?  Then Wikispecies could
hold all the species info, and free up wikipedia space for other stuff
(don't know what, but it could).  Would it be like current wikis as in
en.wikispecies.org, de.wikispecies.org, ang.wikispecies.org?  

If you put up an Anglo-Saxon wikispecies, I'll give you a lot of info! 


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[mailto:wikipedia-l-bounces at Wikimedia.org] On Behalf Of Benedikt Mandl
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Subject: [Wikipedia-l] Developers needed!


in case you havn't read my initial e-mail: I am currently trying to
establish a wiki-based, open species directory at www.wikispecies.org/,
which is meant to become a wikimedia project.

I got some support for contents by a range of wikipedia writers, but what I
really need now are developers who set up a basic structure so that we can
get started. Jimbo Wales suggested that the inital wikispecies would be
basically the same as the one of wikipedia.

I evaluated some species data bases and based on that I worked out a basic
structure: a main page with search functions and sub-pages for an individual
species/genus/family and so on, whith different features that can be
searched for (for details see bottom of this e-mail).

If you think you can help, please let me know - every support is much
appreciated! Thanks,




Best viewed at: www.fishbase.org (though for a rather professional user,
therefore a bit extensive). Main page would need to be a search page that
provides a determination key as well.

Search terms

A general division in “standard search” and “advanced search” with details
would be good.

NAME (common name, scientific names, synonyms, taxonomic number, etc.)
CLASSIFICATION KEY (classification, would be perfect if we could get a PDA
compatible one for field applications) GLOSSARY FAMILY (loads of detail
search functions, see at fishbase) DISTRIBUTION (loads of detail search
functions see at fishbase: ‘country’) ECOSYSTEM (loads of detail search
functions, see at fishbase) TOPIC (special topics and articles) TOOLS (loads
of detail search functions, see at fishbase; including a
reference/literature search) BIODIVERSITY MAP (once again: see at fishbase)
MEDIA (maps, films, pictures, if available)

Subpage for species:

CLASSIFICATION (as tree diagram, looks like a path) NAMES MORPHOLOGY (incl.
ENVIRONMENT MEDIA (images, maps, diagrams, videos, etc.) CLIMATE ECONOMIC
IMPORTANCE DISTRIBUTION (geographically and in terms of countries)


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