I just started a crowdfunding project at www.microryza.com/projects/staphsubfamilies
There are two goals to the project:
1) Build an interactive online Lucid identification key to the subfamilies of Staphylinidae (Coleoptera, rove beetles and their relatives) occurring in North America. It'll be put on Lucid Central (lucidcentral.org
) for everyone to use when it's finished.
2) Use this as a proof-of-concept example to convince budding taxonomists to build and share Lucid identification keys over their taxa of choice. (This is the most important part to me.)
As per the crowdfinding standard if you pledge any money, you won't be charged 1) unless I meet my goal, and 2) until the end of the campaign, in this case 29 July.
The money goes to fund a trip to visit Margaret Thayer and Alfred Newton at the Field Museum in Chicago. More importantly it legitimizes the research and encourages undergrads and beginning grad-students to get active, etc., etc. (You get the idea.)
Feel free to pass this around to anyone who might be interested.