NATURE to save taxonomy!
barry_roth at YAHOO.COM
Thu Jun 6 10:29:58 CDT 2002
Well, it might be a kind of wake-up call, with the message being that if we taxonomists don't have our house in order -- with regard to the potential users of our product -- an order will be imposed by some outside entity.
The spectre of some external body being able to say to me, in effect, Taxonomist Roth, even though you have complied with all the rules of your discipline and your ICZN, your species doesn't count because you did not perform our Registration Protocol 623 gives me the big chill.
Donat Agosti <agosti at AMNH.ORG> wrote: In my humble view, the approach by Nature is one of the best things that
could have happened to our field. It is a signal from the publisher side -
based on an in- and oversight - that taxonomy is a dead science, unless we
open our huge important knowledge to potential users.
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