[Taxacom] Sorry, but you are out-of-line
taxacom3 at achapman.org
Tue Nov 16 07:10:12 CST 2010
I'd just like to add something to what Doug has said about PDF
PDF/A is the archiving standard for storing documents (used by
businesses, banks, governments and others to archive documents). It is
neither platform dependent or indeed, software itself. It is ISO
standard 19005-1:2005. It is a reduced version of PDF (also an ISO
standard) that has been developed specifically for long-term Archiving.
PDF/A will be readable into the future for a number of reasons - the
document itself stores everything internally (fonts, metadata, etc.)
allowing it to be read into the future without having to have the
specific fonts available in the operating system.
PDF/A is open source and as such the code for deciphering the document
can be stored along with the document itself, making the document
completely independent of software, operating system, etc. Digital
Archiving agencies/organisations already store this information. PDF/A
compliant documents can be prepared directly from a range of software,
or even directly from XML or *R*, etc.
As to Peer-Review. The problem I have is with mandating peer-review
into the Code(s). There are many different degrees of peer-review (as
already discussed), so it would be impractical to police. Also, it would
be extremely difficult 50, 100 years down the line to try and determine
if a name was validly published through having to determine if a
particular article in a particular journal had been peer-reviewed or not.
Many of these issues are discussed in the supporting documentation for
changes to the Botanical Code cited earlier in this discussion.
PS - I have removed the "replied to" information for the sake of brevity!
Arthur D. Chapman
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