In the wake of the post the other day on upcoming tasks for the ODP, Christian Foth and Rob Taylor have submitted first passes on the list of taxonomic synonyms and institutional abbreviations (click on the links to access files for taxonomic synonyms and institutional abbreviations). To simplify things, these files should be edited directly online if at all possible. I have authorized read/write access for all users. NOTE: At present, a Google account is required to access this file. If you do not have a Google Account and do not desire one, you may email Andy (email@example.com) for the file.
I would recommend that you initial any changes, corrections, or additions, just so we can keep track of the relevant contributors. Feel free to discuss concerns or differing opinions in the comment threads.