The All-Species effort1 is certainly audacious. It also can't be but a multidisciplinary effort. Besides taxonomists, ecologists, and software engineers, it will also need the skills of librarians and information scientists. These professionals belong to a field that has more than a hundred years of experience with the classification, storage, and retrieval of huge amounts of data. Many librarians, moreover, excel in communicating with clients (and team members).
Ronald Rousseau
KHBO, 8400 Oostende, Belgium
and UIA, IBW, 2600 Wilrijk, Belgium
1. R. Lewis, "Inventory of life," The Scientist, 15[15]:1, July 23, 2001.

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