Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Crowdsourcing as a way of taxonomic identification for museum specimens

An interesting article about the use of social networking resources, like Facebook, to rapidly identify specimens collected in the field.

Many museums have unidentified specimens sitting on shelves waiting to be seen and studied. It will be interesting to see how social networking resources will transform the field of taxonomy and systematics and improve the utilization of museum collections.

Photo: Panay Striped-Babbler (Stachyris latistriata) by Casey Tucker/Wild Auk Photography