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Wiersema, John H. [1], McNeill, John [2], Turland, Nicholas J. [3], Orli, Sylvia S. [4], Wagner, Warren [5].

The Melbourne Code Appendices: announcing a new approach for tracking nomenclatural decisions and a analysis of the history of nomenclatural proposals.

A newly expanded digital resource exists for tracking decisions on all nomenclature proposals potentially contributing to Appendices II-VIII of the International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants. This resource originated with the Smithsonian Institution's Proposals and Disposals website created by Dan H. Nicolson in 2000 to track conservation/rejection proposals, but it now also covers proposals to suppress works or requests for binding decisions. It was created to accommodate the steadily expanding content of the Appendices in relation to the main body of the Code. The database is capable of generating these Appendices, and has been used for the Melbourne Code. Users can query content in various ways to review proposal histories or to extract all or part of the Appendices through a web interface. The underlying proposal data have been compared for each edition of the Code to evaluate trends in the proposals or their evaluation process over time. Such comparisons include the type of nomenclatural remedy sought, the major organismal group concerned, the numbers of names involved, the timeliness of the evaluation process, the proposal success rate, and the diversity of proposal authorship. Proposal success was further evaluated by the type of remedy sought and by major groups.

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nomenclature proposal database

1 - USDA/ARS, National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Bldg. 003, Room 124, Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, Beltsville, MD, 20705-2350, USA
2 - Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20A Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH3 5LR, UK
3 - Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem, Königin-Luise-Str. 6-8, Berlin, 14195, Germany
4 - Smithsonian Institution, Department of Botany, National Museum of Natural History, P.O. Box 37012, Washington, DC, 20013-7012, USA
5 - Smithsonian Institution, Botany, MRC-166 National Museum Of Natural History, PO Box 37012, Washington, DC, 20013-7012, USA

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Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for Sections
Session: 18
Location: Salon 3/The Shaw Conference Centre
Date: Monday, July 27th, 2015
Time: 3:30 PM
Number: 18008
Abstract ID:644
Candidate for Awards:None

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