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This is a letter template for inviting collaborators... if you have suggestions for improving, please email, or just modify when you send! or use your own! the template is only to save you time, so use it only if you find it helpful (Systematics2011 11:43, 20 October 2011 (UTC)).


Dear XXX,

I'm writing to invite you to participate in an online monograph of Cyperaceae worldwide. The BioSynC Center at the Field Museum hosted a global Carex synthesis meeting this past month, in which we assembled a small group of Carex workers from the Western Great Lakes region and global Carex and Cyperaceae systematists to begin work on an online monograph (you can get an idea of what the scope of the synthesis meeting was at http://tinyurl.com/BioSynC2011). The project is part of the larger eMonocot project led by Kew Gardens (http://e-monocot.org/) and is being conducted in the Scratchpad system, a database system built for collaboration in and sharing of biodiversity data (you can see our very young Scratchpad site at http://cyperaceae.e-monocot.org/). We are right now working on a draft classification for the entire family, so you will notice that taxonomy at the site is incomplete. Within the next few months, we expect to have the draft taxonomy for all taxa in the family posted.

At the same time, we are writing taxon pages and importing literature and images that will contribute to a global understanding of the family. Our vision for the site is to create a dynamic online monograph that incorporates the best and most thorough data -- both published and unpublished, or not-yet-published -- on all taxa, yet also provides regional data that makes the resource useful to the field practitioner. The goal is ambitious and anticipates in part (though does not depend on) future developments at Encyclopedia of Life that are expected to allow for greater regionalization of species page views.

I would be delighted if you wanted to participate in writing taxon pages in your area of expertise. Authorship for all pages is explicit and will be posted online when taxon descriptions are posted (the mechanism for posting author names is still a little clunky, but this is being worked on now). This is an exciting venue for providing the best and most current information on Cyperaceae, and on that you as an editor would be able make substantial and timely contributions to. It's the sort of resource that you can update after a set of herbarium visits, as your understanding of a taxon changes. In this way, it really is a dynamic monograph.

If you are interested, let's talk. I hope you are. I was specifically hoping you'd be interested in XXX.

I look forward to talking with you again soon. Take care.

Sincerely, XXXX

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