One way to do this would be to associate places with users and places with taxon names and then display the taxon name thats a best fit for the user's place. Country specific sites could override these settings to always show names associated with the country
This is part of the NatureWatchNZ wishlist
This is a good idea. One thing to look out for is that the taxon name place IDs will need to be added to sphinx, or they will need to be considered whenever we search sphinx for taxon names to ensure it's searching for names appropriate to the place in context. This includes places like taxa/search and taxa/autocomplete, as well as Taxon.single_taxon_for_name, which underlies most cases where we try to automatically match a single name to a taxon.
Another requirement: we need the ability to rank names within a place regardless of lexicon. E.g. in New Zealand many of the common names people use are Maori, while others are English, but they often conflict with Australian names, which can be a mixture of lexicons. For example, Typha orientalis is Raupo (Maroi) in NZ, Broad-leaved Cumbungi in Australia (presumably English and aboriginal).
For the record, place IDs were added to sphinx in de746a6
Allowed taxon names to be associted with places (#190)
Merge branch 'place_taxon_names'