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[Annelida] Digital guide to Australian native and invasive polychaetes

Geoff Read via annelida%40net.bio.net (by gread from actrix.gen.nz)
Thu Feb 13 18:02:00 EST 2014


Hi Lena,

An observation, and not meant as a criticism of the scientists in the team
as I'm sure this wasn't something you guys had much control over. It is a
mystery to me why the Australian Museum has gone against all other
examples, and the open access trend, and have put access to this set of
pages behind a paywall, and a rather steep paywall at that. As an intended
public service from a taxpayer funded organisation one would expect it to
be open access.  One would not expect it to be trying to be a fund-raiser
for the museum.  Good luck with that by the way.

Quote: "It is critical to be able to accurately identify invasive
polychaete species or potential new introductions and to distinguish
between them and our native fauna."  And "How can you help solve these
problems?  By purchasing our Invasive Polychaetes Identifier you will be
able to quickly and accurately distinguish between non-native and native
Australian species."

Well, by making it free and open, vastly more Australian people would be
able to be citizen scientists, getting educated, and guarding the
Australian coast by detecting these strange new arrivals early.

Ironic eh!

Very best,

Geoff Read

--
Geoffrey B. Read, Ph.D.
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND
gread from actrix.gen.nz



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