[Taxacom] OMG! OMG! Run for your lives! End of the World!

Jim Croft jim.croft at gmail.com
Thu May 6 02:42:51 CDT 2010

PDF is hardly an archival format... In fact I think it is reasonable
to worry about any electronic format as being archival...


On Thu, May 6, 2010 at 5:34 PM, Stephen Thorpe
<stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz> wrote:
> Regarding covertly changing electronic copies, the crucial thing is for there to be a requirement for an electronic copy to be officially deposited in some appropriate electronic repository where it is archived as a read only PDF ...
>>why would anyone want to do that?
> Why do vandals vandalise, forgers forge, ... ?
> ________________________________
> From: Paul Kirk <p.kirk at cabi.org>
> To: Donat Agosti <agosti at amnh.org>; TaxaCom <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
> Sent: Thu, 6 May, 2010 7:25:05 PM
> Subject: Re: [Taxacom] OMG! OMG! Run for your lives! End of the World!
> there is nothing in the botanical Code which prevent anyone from downloading a published on-line 'pre-print' and printing multiple (more than one) identical copies at 'one time' (i.e. not print on demand) and delivering them to more than one library ... I know, I did it back in 2008 (http://www.indexfungorum.org/Names/NamesRecord.asp?RecordID=511980). The more people who work the Code in this way the more pressure there will be to change the Codes to reflect the reality of the 21st century. And there will always be paper copies (even though we add environmental messages to our emails) and electronic copies can be changed - but why would anyone want to do that? and if someone did the Codes could deal with it ... couldn't they?
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> From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu [mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Donat Agosti
> Sent: 06 May 2010 08:12
> To: 'TaxaCom'
> Subject: Re: [Taxacom] OMG! OMG! Run for your lives! End of the World!
> It is also not the first time Linnaeus meets the internet. This happened earlier in PLoS One
> http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0001787  in 2008. There was also a lengthy heated debate in ICZN list about whether this was correct or not, even though advice from the ICZN commission has been thought beforehand. It might also have been important in moving the Commission towards dealing electronic publications.
> Donat

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