Pseudo-Publications on the WWW

JAMES A. BLAKE jablake at
Fri Nov 1 10:34:53 EST 1996

Dear Annelid enthusiasts, 

Geoff Read has noted that the Nature Conservancy has posted: 

>America's Least Wanted:
>     Alien Species Invasions of U.S. Ecosystems



and noted that 

>Oh yes, there is also a paper version and there is no taxonomy. So it 
>is not directly relevant to our discussion. But it is interesting to 
>see  a major USA environmental organisation doing this simultaneous 
>parallel publication. And it's free. As a result the information has 
>already reached people who would never encounter the paper 
>publication. Believe it, one day not too far off only the electronic 
>version will be produced. 

I do believe it and in fact there are quite a number of other examples 
including a large monograph on the introduced species of San Francisco 
Bay contributed by Jim Carlton, the URL of which is not available to me 
here in this office, but I will post it later.  

I agree completely with Geoff, that the WWW and internet in general 
will eventually be a fully compatable source of publication with paper. 
However, in the context of the current Rules of Nomenclature, the 
issues of permanance are crucial.  A close friend (who works on 
Crustacea) has informed of a similar discussion in another venue the 
results of which concluded that the type of document archiving 
necessary to achieve permanance that will satisfy the ICZN is at least 
3 years away.  

I submit that we could accelerate that process if funding agencies 
could be inspired to fund projects that would develop the archival 
resources and produce electronic journals.  I believe we have the 
technology, but not the focus.

Yours also prophetically,

Jim Blake
(jablake at

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