Topic: Use of / reliance on Taxon Designations in Recorder 6
I was just wondering to what extent other records centres relied on the taxon designations within Recorder 6: do you use them to search on / indicate the legislation that applies to a taxon / its conservation status, or do you use a user-defined approach? Probably some of the below would be better directed to the Recorder 6 forum, but I'm grouping everything here first!
I've probably just missed the place it documents this, but where does the responsibility lie for keeping lists up-to-date? NHM, JNCC, Recorder Steering / User Group, individuals? And is maintenance of the lists through proactive checking or just based on whenever required changes are spotted and highlighted by any of the above?
I'm feeling a bit wary of the lists as I'm never entirely sure which are completely up-to-date - the Scottish Biodiversity List for example doesn't include the 'changes since previous version' (in version linked to in http://www.biodiversityscotland.gov.uk/ … ity-list/). Was the intention that those returned by the report Des4_Types_Available would be ok to use (Reports > Run > System Supplied > Information), or does this subset itself include other lists that are out-of-date or redundant?
The Des1_Taxa in Designation Type report isn't working for me at the moment (with some exceptions - possibly International ones). Do others regularly check the content of lists using this report or the NHM site and the date updated to work out which should be up-to-date, or do you include a specific disclaimer on your reports?
Be great to know if my feelings are largely unwarranted, or if not, how others approach this!
Fife Nature Records Centre,