matday97 at STUDENT.UMU.SE
Tue Mar 25 17:49:39 CST 1997
I agree with Joseph here, it seems very unlikely that organisations will be
able to afford the time and money to keep updating/changing the systems and
that systems will be able to read old data. The idea thou of eletrontic
publication seems great. =B4
Also, specimens may well be vunerable to insects but surely eletronic data
is vunerable to "viruses"?
At 07.08 1997-03-25 -0700, you wrote:
>Quote from yesterday:
>"Digital data does not change and is less perishable than
>Sorry to be blunt, but this is total nonsense. The debate
>thus far has been centered around whether electronic
>publication can replace printed descriptions. This task
>presents enough problems. The suggestion that digital images
>can replace specimens changes the nature of the question, and
>is an idea I must strenuously oppose.
>There are specimens in European herbaria 500 years old. If
>they are properly cared for, they will still be available to
>be examined by the famous 24th-Century botanist Keiko
>O'Brian. True, specimens are subject to insect damage,
>weather damage, water damage, and political misfortunes (such
>as what happened to B and PNH in the 1940's). Any digital
>archiving system devised will be subject to all the same
>dangers and more (except maybe the insects). Digital systems
>are also subject to technological change, something from
>which specimens are totally immune. A few days ago, someone
>was touting the advantages of publication by CD-ROM, saying
>it will be "at least 30 or 40 years" before the technology is
>outdated. That is not good enough. Because of the priority
>rules in nomenclature, we need to look 100 or 200 years into
>the future. Will present-day technology still be in use in
>the year 2197? No, of course not. It will be viewed upon the
>way we view upon parchment scrolls. Will our technology still
>be readable? Maybe, maybe not. We cannot assume it will be.
>As for the argument "This information is so important someone
>will undoubtedly take care of it," one cannot assume that
>someone else will value your work as much as you do. Unless
>you are willing to contribute the time and resources yourself
>to ensure that your work will still be accessible for future
>generations, do not assume that someone else will.
>Dr. Joseph E. Laferriere, 4717 E First St., Tucson AZ 85711 USA.
>After 10 Apr 1997: Herbario, CEAMISH, Universidad Autonoma del
>Estado de Morelos, Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico.
Mr. Matt P. Davey "i ain=B4t getting in no plane with=20
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