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ویکیگونه؛ چیست و چرا؟
زیستشناسانی که گونههای جدید را طبقهبندی می کنند، معمولا در نشریات تخصصی منتشر می کنند، که منجر به افزایش میزان اطلاعاتی می شود که هیچ کسی نظری در آن ندارد. حتی متخصصان در زمینههای بسیار تخصصی اغلب متوجه نمیشوند که یک گونه به طور رسمی دو بار، سه بار و یا حتی بیشتر ثبت شده است.
Therefore, it is not known how many species are known – and this is just as ridiculous as it sounds. We are not talking about all species that exist on earth – but simply the total number of species that have already been recorded in scientific publications.
Nobody knows how many there are. Expert 'A' might think that there are 17 000 annelids known, but expert 'B' believes to know about 20 000. This is because there is no central registration process and no database or reference directory to browse information about the current state of knowledge on a particular species. This situation can be summarized with the statement: A central, extensive database for taxonomy is urgently needed.
And this is what Wikispecies should become: an open, extensive database for scientists and non-scientists to reflect the diversity of life on our planet Earth. Because life is public domain!
There are an increasing number of big, science funded projects, all of which aim to achieve more or less the same thing. Examples include Catalogue of Life, EoL, etc., etc. The main problem with most of these projects is that they are not open to editing, and so the inevitable many errors are "locked in" and difficult to fix…
چگونه میتوانم در ویکیگونه مشارکت کنم؟
If you want to add contents to Wikispecies, but don't know how, have a look at our Help:Contents section where we explain how simple it is to add data to Wikispecies.
Questions about our policy regarding Wikispecies? See the Wikispecies:Charter which explains a bit more what this is about.