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One of the many arguments people give for switching from Clements/Cornell to IOC taxonomy (apart from the higher numbers) is that the IOC list is updated quarterly rather than annually, so is more up-to-date. But when I look at the taxonomic lists available for BD it seems that nothing has happened to the IOC list since the big fanfare last October. Are there plans to provide annual (or more frequent) updates or are the majority of BD users happy to stick with Clements/Cornell?
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Thanks for posting. As always, I produce an update to each of the big 4 taxonomies (ABA, AOS, Clements and IOC) each year at this time.
They will be ready to go near the end of September.
I have no plans to update IOC more often than annually. I don't feel customers want to pay for an update that costs me weeks to put together more than once a year, and to-date, you are the first to ask as far as I can remember. What do you think?
Does this answer your questions?
Let me know please and thanks again.
FYI: I have been releasing and issuing annual updates to the IOC list for years.
Good question. Yes - a few dozen folks do this every year. They make the change from Clements to IOC. Not sure of all the reasons for the change, but I am sure that many see it as an opportunity to increase their world life lists counts as the IOC tends to split more than Clements. However, Clements, of late, has been falling more in line with this type of reasoning also.
Yes, the process is accomplished using the Reconcile feature. It may take from just an hour to more-than-a-few-hours; but it's not any bigger of a task than that. And, it is a task wherein using the Reconcile feature, you can do a little now and a little later. It doesn't all have to be done in one sitting.
Let me know if I can assist further.