Digitising works with expired copyrights

Donat Agosti agosti at AMNH.ORG
Sun Jun 9 22:10:25 CDT 2002

> The Gutenberg project is working on digitizing works with expired
> copyrights. Have any taxonomists or organizations endeavoured to piggyback
> on the Gutenberg project with taxonomic works?
> Eric.

No, not piggybacking on Gutenberg, but for ants a project is underway to
make all the primary systematics literature accessible in full text, either
page by page linked to the respective citation, or as entire
publications.See http://antbase.org.

you can get them either by searching for the authors, or from links within
the name servers - search for example for the first described ant,
Camponotus herculeanus.

So war we have ca 500 publications online, but within 2003 should have
>3,000, that is all with expired plus those for which we obtained the

Donat Agosti

----- Original Message -----
From: "Eric Dunbar" <erdunbar at MAC.COM>
Sent: Saturday, June 08, 2002 12:37 AM
Subject: Digitising works with expired copyrights

> > As Chris Thompson said many messages ago, there HAVE been
> > efforts to make unified searchable databases, and to exhaustively
> > list all of the species on earth (certainly not limited to the
> > example above, which is one of the later entries).   There have not
> > been *unified efforts* to make searchable databases (the difference
> Hmmm. This leads me to a different train of thought. I know certain
> institutions have scanned and placed L.'s work on-line (along with a few
> other authors). Has anyone got around to doing more recent works (such as
> for Eastern North America, Britton & Brown & Grey's Manual of Botany 7th
> ed). I've always vowed to get Grey's 8th edition databased for quick &
> search capability (unfortunately can't disseminate it if I ever do).

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