a dream work: online counter for new species...

Nico Mario Franz nmf2 at CORNELL.EDU
Wed Feb 18 20:03:14 CST 2004

I assume (correct me if I'm wrong) that a librarian "publishing" a book
record on a 3x5 card 30 years ago vs. exlusively on the internet today,
remains in each case anonymous yet receives credit from his or her
employer. In science, and particularly taxonomy, individual credit is
essential, and lasting recognition is tied to printed publications (acc.
to ICB/ZN).

To realize the dream we need to resolve this conflict of contribution vs.
credit on the internet (it doesn't exist in print) that librarians don't
seem to have.

Nico Franz

> Here is a URL which we should immitate:
> http://www.oclc.org/worldcat/grow.htm
> It is not from our community, but one which has a similar task,
> that is to produce a catalogue of all publications of the world,
> open to anybody so all the duplications efforts can be minimized,
> the data can be improved and it is clear where is comes from.
> Data can be entered from the world's leading library to any small
> one somwhere which has an Internet access. The more people chip
> in the better it becomes.
> Why should the librarian's have something and we not?
> Donat Agosti
> Senior Resident National Research Council Research Fellow
> Jet Propulsion Laboratory
> California Academy of Sciences
> Pasadena, CA

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