PubMedCentral and the Alexandria Problem

D Forsdyke forsdyke1 at home.com
Thu Sep 30 19:59:13 EST 1999


Stevan, 
      It must be very frustrating that old problems, which you have
written about before, re-arise. But, but for the benefit of those who
are pressed for time(like you), could you just give a brief summary
answer, rather than refer to your previous work?

Sincerely, Donald Forsdyke

Stevan Harnad wrote:
> 
> On Tue, 28 Sep 1999, D Forsdyke wrote:
> 
> > Dear Dr. Harnad,
> >                 For the general reader, some of the issues are to be
> > found in the latest issue of The Scientist:
> >
> > http://www.the-scientist.library.upenn.edu/yr1999/sept/smaglik_p8_990927.html
> >
> > However, the "Alexandria problem" seems to remain unanswered. You have
> > probably written about this and can provide a summary answer?
> >
> >        As you know, the ancient library at Alexandria was destroyed and
> > with it all that the library contained. Fortunately, there were some
> > copies and the glory of ancient Greek and other cultures was not lost
> > for all time.
> >
> >      As far as I know the depositary which serves the physics community
> > has only one site. One accident and WHAM! it is all gone!! What steps
> > are being taken to ensure duplication/triplication at geographically
> > disparate sites (like GenBank) in the case of PubMedCentral?
> >
> > Sincerely, Donald Forsdyke (Discussion Leader. Bionet.journals.note)
> 
> Steps will be taken. This is a 100% solvable, 100% nonproblem.
> 
> See:
> http://www.cogsci.soton.ac.uk/~harnad/Papers/Harnad/harnad99.ejforum.html
> 
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