ARGH! Electronic archives yet again (Re: ICZN Code questions)
Fri Aug 23 15:12:58 CDT 2002
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From: "Doug Yanega" <dyanega at POP.UCR.EDU>
Subject: ARGH! Electronic archives yet again (Re: ICZN Code questions)
> I don't know about you, but I don't see ANY molecular biologists
> wringing their hands in fear or dismay, worrying about whether
> GenBank's archives will somehow be lost when CDs become obsolete like
> the dreaded 8-track, or insisting that GenBank issue paper copies of
> their archives every month to make sure nothing is lost to posterity.
> Too many people are WAY too paranoid and technophobic about this. The
> people who are creating today's electronic archives KNOW they can't
> expect the technology to remain static, and they can plan
This says it all. I'm almost 57 and didn't get email or hooked up to the
web till late 1998. If my son and son-in-law weren't so pushy about it I
would still not be. I think I am typical of "older" people to whom
technology is moving just too fast. What I am saying is perhaps a lot of
us just need to face the fact that we are just having trouble with change.
Intellectuals tend to be a lot better of denying varioius elements of their
own base humanity via some theory of _why_ mayonaze should not go on bread
based on their _logic_ of incompatable textures. Hey, they just don't
The first point is that we are just BS-ing ourselves. Human subjectivity
disguised as logic.
The second is paranoia. The good thing about 8 tracts is that the
"industry" learned something - have a plan B. As Doug said, " The people
who are creating today's electronic archives KNOW..." Yes they do don't
they Doug. They are way ahead of us. Having a son-in-law who works for
the industry I am amazed at the things he tells me are already off the
drawing board and into experimentation. Like quarter (25 cents) sized hard
drives with many many gigabyte capacity. Yah, I think they will have what
we need - and long before we need it.
Gosh, I may talk myself right into another perspective!
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