2822Re: [TaxoCoP] Re: Sounds like a job for Knowledge Integrator!
- Jan 12, 2009So it's fun thinking up new names for ourselves. But back to whether
or not we have any future as "taxonomists" I find it a bit worrying
that we supposed masters and mistresses of the science of naming are
so easily thrown off our balance about our own name by such a "banal
and shallow" prediction from CMS Watch (to quote Nick Berry).
I've blogged about this here: http://www.greenchameleon.com/ok/view/what_are_we/
We build taxonomies. We sell taxonomies. We manage them. People ask us
to help them with their taxonomies. We belong to a community of
practice organised for discussing taxonomy work - the word "taxonomy"
drew us here. Yes, many of us do other things as well, and we have
names for those disciplines and identities alongside the taxonomy
And we have pragmatic ways of describing ourselves differently
depending on who the audience is and how informed they are likely to
be. But I do find it odd we are so insecure even amongst ourselves. Is
it really in the nature of taxonomists to be so fickle about names or
just our own? Are we so unsuccessful in our current label that we need
to find another to struggle under? And would a label change actually
remove the challenges we face in what we do?
Have you seen our KM Method Cards? http://www.straitsknowledge.com/store/
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