[Taxacom] e-only from Do rogue taxonomists need rogue publishers?

Geoffrey Read gread at actrix.gen.nz
Tue Feb 9 21:12:50 CST 2010


I simply don't know the answers, except that some sort of digital signing
off process does occur. Read about the NZ electronic land title system


The transactions are done online by professionals, and as a home owner I
take no part except briefly, merely to authorize (on paper still!) my law
firm to act for me. The equivalent of the old paper certificates of title
are just direct printouts from the centralized electronic record. I don't
recall any vigorous debate or dissent about it when the electronic only
system was introduced - which is strange, come to think of it, given how
vital property records are. Of course here we have the power of the state
behind the change - the ICZN doesn't have the same monolithic ability to
change the world of taxonomy (they might wish).

>>> On 10/02/2010 at 12:52 p.m., Pat LaFollette <pat at lafollette.com> wrote:

> In the U. S., many jurisdictions have, to improve access and ease of
> use, created electronic databases for their land surveys and property
> ownership records; some are accessible via the Internet.  But the
> physical paper records are still warehoused somewhere and represent
> the ultimate legal record.
> In New Zealand, what became of the property subdivision maps and
> registered deeds once they were digitized for the electronic‑only
> record?  How are new deeds recorded? Is there a system for digital
> signatures and so forth to replace the traditional notarized
> signatures and official seals? A few years back, I worked at the U.
> S. Patent Office on a project to convert the application and review
> process to digital. (The final patents would be published as usual).
> To use digital signatures required Congressional approval but the
> technology and specifications kept changing faster than Congress could act.

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