[Taxacom] e-publishing and the "taxonomic impediment"

Paul Kirk p.kirk at cabi.org
Wed Sep 5 02:51:40 CDT 2012


In the context of the best part of a century to abandon the requirement for Latin only diagnosis the speed with which e-publication was accepted is 'relativistic' ... :-)


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From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu [mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Paul van Rijckevorsel
Sent: 05 September 2012 08:46
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Subject: Re: [Taxacom] e-publishing and the "taxonomic impediment"

From: "Richard Pyle" <deepreef at bishopmuseum.org>
Sent: Wednesday, September 05, 2012 8:07 AM

> Not quite; the Amendment for Zoology was drafted in Paris in 2008;
> when e-publication was just a gleam in the botanists' eyes.  Depending
> on how you prefer to frame the world, either this means that
> zoologists are hopelessly inefficient in getting things done, or
> botanists are reckless and overly hasty.

It is not easy to say when "e-publication was [first] a gleam in the botanists' eyes", but the 1993 Congress set up a Committee, which reported to the 1999 Congress:
"The possibilities of electronic publication are so impressive and complex and evolving so rapidly that it would be futile to try to make recommendations about means and processes. When electronic journals have been published for a few more years, informed decision will be possible."

"- How can an electronic publication be archived in a form that will remain readable by future hardware and software?
- How can an original version be protected from changes?
- How can each publication be uniquely identified for access purposes?
These questions are being answered by librarians, archivists, and publishers, in concert with computer experts, but the solutions have not yet been widely implemented. We should allow time for those with appropriate expertise to formulate long-term guidelines."

There were two subsequent Committees before e-only publication was allowed, twelve years later, so speculation about being "reckless and overly hasty" is not called for!



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