[Taxacom] Re; Research Assistant ? Solanaceae DNA Taxonomy

Bob Mesibov mesibov at southcom.com.au
Tue Apr 6 17:40:44 CDT 2010

Dear Edward,

It is disappointing to see this:

"It is advisable that candidates prepare their answers to the questions in word document which can be transferred into the online application form at www.nhm.ac.uk/jobs"

if by 'word' you meant 'Microsoft Word'. The latter is a proprietary program sold and licensed by Microsoft, and I am surprised to see the NHM advising its use, when there are perfectly good cost-free alternatives available with non-restrictive licences.

It would be even more surprising if the online application form advised attaching a Word document, rather than pasting ASCII text into an online form, or attaching a document in a non-restrictive format such as PDF or Open Document.

I'm sure that NHM allows its staff to use non-Microsoft software, and it would be good to see that liberality reflected in NHM's job advertisements.
Dr Robert Mesibov
Honorary Research Associate
Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, and
School of Zoology, University of Tasmania
Home contact: PO Box 101, Penguin, Tasmania, Australia 7316
(03) 64371195; 61 3 64371195
Website: http://www.qvmag.tas.gov.au/mesibov.html

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