Index Kewensis on CD-ROM

Les at Les at
Sat Dec 20 18:28:12 CST 1997

>Ah, we begin to see the downside of modern technology ...

     This is not the downside of modern technology.  It is the downside of
leaving the authoritative Index in the hands of an institution which is
unable or unwilling to apply the technology in a legitimate way; viz., to
render the Index readily and inexpensively accessible, in continuously
updated form, to the scientific community at large.  The original cost of
the CD-ROM put it beyond the reach of most individual botanists, and of many
herbaria - for whom out of date versions are of little use anyway;  and the
cost of periodic updates (themselves out of date from the time of issue)
should come as no surprise.

Les Watson
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Albany, WA 6330, Australia              Phone: +61 98 41 6181

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