NATURE to save taxonomy!

Curtis Clark jcclark at CSUPOMONA.EDU
Fri Jun 7 09:41:40 CDT 2002

At 13:56 2002-06-06, Donat Agosti wrote:
>I would argue, that the crucial, new step
>by Nature is to make an official statement, that the publication will
>actually remain in the public domain, that is, can be accessed by anybody
>from anyhwere and be used for research purposes.

This touches on some reasons why the Nature decision will fail, because in
fact there is no parallel in it to GenBank. Not only are GenBank sequences
publicly available, the whole operation is reasonably well-financed. If
some "deep pocket" wanted to start a "TaxaBank" with funding and procedures
similar to GenBank, in short order the Codes would come around.

Curtis Clark        
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