C5.088 Functional description for service to generate printed publication from the CDM

The labour- and time-intensive back and forth between taxonomist and publisher is one of the bottlenecks in the taxonomic workflow. Furthermore, where print publication are created from a database, the final editing stages often involve only formatted print output. This results in inconsistencies between database and final print output. Integrating a system or service to provide print publishing functionality into the Platform for Cybertaxonomy, and thus turning the database system into the true “master database” right up to the point of publishing would be a substantial improvement in the workflow. Perhaps the most crucial point affecting the success and acceptance of such a system is that the user needs full control over the format and appearance of the printed product.