A representative of Google attended the recent Taxonomic Databases Working Group meeting held at Missouri Botanical Garden and offered assistance to botanic/taxonomic researchers by giving them space to store their data. I 'suspect' Google is well aware of the questionable value of some, but not all, information on the WWW and is attempting to gather documented scientific data. As was explained to the group however, the data would not be searchable by the public Google search engine - leaving some in the audience to question the value of copying their data to the Google sites offered while others appreciated the privacy aspect. The admonition for the reader to take care applies equally to printed data. I suspect we can all recall one or more 'references' filled with questionable information. One of my favorite undergraduate professors reminded us frequently that anyone with a little bit of money can hire a publisher to print anything they want - it doesn't make the information 'true' however. Boyce Tankersley In cloudy Chicago where the 12+ inches of snow have begun to melt and the temperatures are no longer in the single digits (F).