[Wikipedia-l] Developers needed!

Benedikt Mandl benedikt.mandl at gmx.at
Tue Aug 24 11:19:24 UTC 2004

All species would mean a detailed review by experts and I think that the 
dimensions of such a project are too big to be even estimated. At this 
point I think we should rather talk about wikispecies as a species 
directory without limitations rather than the demand of becoming 

First of all, I think it would be attractive for people interested in 
limited groups of species; according to distribution, taxon, ecology, 
behaviour, etc.

What we should define as a target: Wikispecies should become the most 
extensive directory of its kind and not specialise exclusivly on a 
particular group of species (as fishbase does, for example) nor users (NOT 
for scientists only, for example).


> Daniel Mayer wrote:
> > > Looks essentially what a wikispecies should look like, I guess.  I
> guess a
> > > w-species would focus more on the biology, history, genealogy,
> genetics, or
> > > what, so that it's different from the w-pedia?  
> > 
> > All that should be covered in the Wikipedia article. 
> My impression is that Wikispecies' goal is to catalog *every* existing
> (and extinct?) species.  We're talking about, what, hundred thousands
> of articles.  This is similar to documenting every town and village,
> no matter what the size, and such attempts have historically not been
> appreciated within Wikipedia.  This is why I think Wikispecies should 
> be developed separately.
> Consider another hypothetical project:  Wikibibliography, that
> catalogs and reviews all books ever printed, which would be something
> like the OCLC WorldCat on an open content basis.  Any such project has
> goals that have a rather small overlap with that of Wikipedia.  
> However, that overlap (a few thousand articles) might be interesting
> enough that compatible licenses and some coordination could be useful.
> -- 
>   Lars Aronsson (lars at aronsson.se)
>   Aronsson Datateknik
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