[Taxacom] Proposed ICZN amendments on electronic publishing

Doug Yanega dyanega at ucr.edu
Thu Dec 11 14:40:59 CST 2008

Rod Page wrote:

>GenBank doesn't have to worry in part because their data are mirrored 
>in Japan and Europe (so it isn't entirely centralised), and because 
>the data is freely available for bulk download (and terrabytes are 
>downloaded each month), even if those three centres go up in smoke, 
>the data is massively replicated in labs across the planet.  Lots of
>copies keeps stuff safe.

That leaves my fundamental question unanswered: why can't taxonomists 
do the same thing, and therefore be paper-free AND free from worry, 
just like GenBank?


Doug Yanega        Dept. of Entomology         Entomology Research Museum
Univ. of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0314        skype: dyanega
phone: (951) 827-4315 (standard disclaimer: opinions are mine, not UCR's)
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