[Taxacom] Article 8 compliance

Richard Pyle deepreef at bishopmuseum.org
Fri Mar 31 17:33:19 CDT 2017

> I actually agree with John that it would be much easier if the Code was less
> restrictive on e-publishing than it currently is via the Amendment allowing e-
> publication; 

I COMPLETELY agree!  In fact, I want the Code to completely divorce itself from anything whatsoever having to do with "publication" for new names & acts going forward.  We're stuck with dealing with the legacy, but the advent of electronic publication is making it MUCH harder to maintain any sort of Code governance or reliance on the publication process itself.  This is actually the main reason behind my advocacy for the alternative system.

> I think that it should
> become easier rather than harder, with safeguards in place to ensure that works
> cannot easily be lost. Perhaps actual archiving (rather than a statement of
> intent) would be a necessity if e-publication is made easier. It might be a good
> idea (although where the funds would come from is another issue) if the ICZN or
> Zoobank had its own archive for all new e-only publications in future, and
> publication/availability would depend on receipt of the pdf by the
> ICZN/Zoobank rather than a process whereby individual nomenclatorial acts are
> registered.

All of this goes away if the Code separates the process of governed nomenclatural actions from "publication" completely. (For new names, at least; and eventually for old names as well, once a LAN is robustly incorporated and fleshed out).


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