[Syrphidae] Syrphidae revisions in EDIT

daniele sommaggio dsommaggio at tiscalinet.it
Tue Sep 5 22:19:05 BST 2006

Dear Dr. Irina

    excuse me for the long delay; I hope it is not too much late for partecipate to the project. I'm available for any help. I'm particularly involved with taxonomy and faunistic record in Italy

Your sincerely
Daniele Sommaggio
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Irina Brake 
  To: syrphidae at lists.nottingham.ac.uk 
  Sent: Tuesday, September 05, 2006 2:58 PM
  Subject: [Syrphidae] Syrphidae revisions in EDIT

  Dear collegues,


  Thanks to everyone who responded to my email in June about the participation of Syrphidae in the EDIT project (European Distributed Institute of Taxonomy). The amount of responses encouraged us to add Syrphidae as one of the target taxa in EDIT.


  I am now established in London and have started to work on EDIT. One of my first aims is to establish a syrphid network, which is quite easy thanks to this mailing list. In future I will send most emails concerning EDIT only to the collegues who expressed an interest in EDIT and just general information to this mailing list.


  The aim of EDIT is to enhance cooperation between taxonomists and to migrate taxonomic data to an internet platform. There are several workpackages and as member of WP6, "Unifying revisonary taxonomy", I coordinate the taxonomic side, while another workpackage is responsible for developing the tools necessary for online revisions. Since the project runs for 4.5 years, it will take some time before those tools are ready for use. So to start getting some information online we are now looking for papers of revisions, which are unpublished but peer-reviewed and accepted by a journal. We intend to mark these manuscripts up in xml and make the content and figures available on the Syrphidae site (with appropriate acknowledgements). We will not make the original pdfs available. In order for this to work, the authors must retain the copyright for the paper and give the journal only the exclusive right to publish. Does anyone have a suitable paper available?


  In October our IT person will start his job and develop the EDIT portal and necessary web structures. After that we can hopefully start to put the first data online. 

  As a backbone for information retrieval at the portal we will use the syrphid names of the Biosystematic Database of World Diptera. Thanks to Chris Thompson for developing such a great tool for us all!


  Best wishes,



  Dr. Irina Brake
  European Distributed Institute of Taxonomy (EDIT) Department of Entomology

  Natural History Museum

  Cromwell Road

  London SW7 5BD 

  United Kingdom

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