[Syrphidae] Unifiying revisionary taxonomy of Syrphidae?

Graham Rotheray G.Rotheray at nms.ac.uk
Tue Jun 13 15:50:47 BST 2006

Dear Irina, I would like to help too!  I can help with early stages.

All best wishes,


Dr Graham E Rotheray, Curator of Insects,
National Museums of Scotland, Chambers Street,
Edinburgh EH1 1JF Tel +44 (0)131.247.4243 
Fax +44 (0)131.220.4819

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Subject: Re: [Syrphidae] Unifiying revisionary taxonomy of Syrphidae?

I would like to participate in this !
I am not a taxonomist, so cannot help with any of the nomenclature, but
I can contribute to any biological knowledge


Dr Francis Gilbert
(on sabbatical in Egypt from 25th Feb 2005)

Info: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/biology/gilbert
Website http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/~plzfg
Egyptian-British Biological Society
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>>> ibrake at sel.barc.usda.gov 06/12/06 6:11 PM >>>
Dear syrphid workers,

the European Commission has funded EDIT, the European Distributed
Institute of Taxonomy
), a network of Excellence, with the aim of better integrating taxonomy
across Europe. 

I will be a member of the workpackage "Unifying revisionary taxonomy",
the aim of which is to encourage expert taxonomic task groups to migrate
taxonomic data to an internet platform (for an explanation of unitary
taxonomies see http://www.cate-project.org/unitary_taxonomies.html ).

One of the target taxa is Lepidoptera, but I since I am a dipterist
(working on acalyptrate flies) I am pushing for the addition of Diptera.
Chris Thompson told me that Syrphidae are the ideal target taxon,
because there are so many people actively working with Syrphidae and
because there is already a lot of information available in digital

So my question to you is: Would you like to participate in EDIT? Would
you like to work together on an online revision of Syrphidae?

We will need many experts who will populate the webpages with taxonomic,
nomenclatural, biological, etc. information. We need people, who review
the information. We need "amateurs", who will tell the specialists, what
they would like to see online and how the taxonomic information can be
put into an "understandable" format.

If you would like to participate in this project, please answer to this
mailing list or to me directly at ibrake at sel.barc.usda.gov 

Best wishes, 
Irina Brake

Dr. Irina Brake
BioSystematic Database of World Diptera (BDWD)
Department of Entomology
Smithsonian Institution
MRC-0169 NHB
PO Box 37012
Washington, DC 20013-7012
(202) 633-1004 voice
(202) 786-9422 FAX
ibrake at sel.barc.usda.gov email
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