As we move forward in developing TaxonWorks we continue to receive helpful suggestions on how to improve its ancestors, Species Files, mx, and 3i. While we can't always implement those suggestions in our old software, they will certainly be considered in TaxonWorks. Feel free to comment on this post with these wishes. Alternatively, if you want to suggest a specific feature, consider creating a use case on the TaxonWorks wiki. All feedback is greatly appreciated.
In response to our previous post this is a guest post from Lewis L. Deitz, Department of Entomology. North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. Thanks for the feedback Lew, you've set some lofty goals for us to reach! I sincerely appreciate the creation of this blog for user input. I urge other users to set aside time to share their recommendations. A great deal is outstanding about mx, even though my focus is necessarily on items that I feel might be improved. My suggestions stem from work in developing the Treehoppers Website and Database. We bulk-loaded taxon data for higher categories and genera from spreadsheets. I fear that refining these data and back-filling data that did not quite fit mx formats will require a tremendous amount of time and effort. It is my hope that the lessons learned from my experience will prove helpful to future mx projects and the development of mx/TaxonWorks. Database as Work in Progress: Need for Draft Data and Explanatory Data