[Taxacom] ICZN procedure question

Francisco Welter-Schultes fwelter at gwdg.de
Thu Nov 11 20:01:59 CST 2010

I respond to Paul's contribution:

> physical objects can only exist in one place
> ... and for journals/books that means rich institutions in the 
> 'north' (generalization!) - electronic objects [in an open archive, 
> free to the end user] are universal ... so bridging the 'north south 
> divide'

My analysis of the BZN comments in 2009 came to the result that 
e-only was mostly favoured by contributors from the northern, the 
richest and English speaking countries, while paper-based publication 
was in a higher proportion favoured by contributors from less 
developed and not so rich countries, where English was not spoken as 
the first language. 

So the statistical analysis of the published views in the BZN 
suggests that the idea of the north-south bridge is ovbiously not 
shared by those who live in the poor countries, but it is mainly 
promoted by people from rich countries in the north.

University of Goettingen, Germany

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