Pseudo-Publications on the WWW
gread at actrix.gen.nz
Fri Oct 25 18:18:06 EST 1996
I thought this had been thrashed out sufficiently already but ...
Jim Blake opined robustly that:
> ... Tom Parker's posting proposing a new
> synonymy does not belong on the Annelid WWW site because it does not
> constitute a publication in the sense of the 3rd Edition of the ICZN.
This logic is hard to understand. It already has a self-declared status as
a _non-publication_ under ICZN as is traditional amongst newsletter-type
items, into which category some people seem to think this web page falls.
In any case no one disagrees about its status and Tom doesn't declare a
new synonym. It's an interesting little item. What is the problem?
> Virtually everyone felt that publication in traditional referred
> journals was preferred for papers having a taxonomic content. I have
> not seen any postings, apart from Geoff Read, that is in disagreement
> with this position.
Pardon? I don't believe I volunteered a preference against traditional
anything. I said "A potentially impermanent, potentially changing
document will not be the primary place where anyone will publish new
species until technology can create a date-stamped, authenticated,
encrypted document [etc, with comment on a possible refereed electronic
journal in the future]"
[Jim quotes the code that a publication "must contain a statement by the
author that any new name or nomenclatural act within it is intended for
permanent, public, scientific record."]
> Therefore, can Tom Parker (or Geoff Read) claim that the Annelid WWW
> site is permanent? I DON'T THINK SO!!
Again I don't see the logic. It's more permanent than you imagine but
that's irrelevant as the page declares its status as a _non-publication_
for ICZN (also part of article 8). _If_ it was relevant then we are
talking about a statement of intent, not the physical permanence of the
object that is the publication, or that houses the publication. No
statement of intent = not a ICZN valid publication. No problem (unless
anyone becomes enraged that they can't quote it and tear it to shreds).
> ... We have already experienced a
> change of address from the original Cornell Muse server to the Univ. of
> Kansas server and two totally different URL addresses.
You'll find that both still work. Isn't the internet a marvellous thing :-)
Geoff <gread at actrix.gen.nz>
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