Publishing taxa in Latin and in print: ave atque vale

Tim Harvey
Fri, 22 Jul 2011 09:51:25 PDT
Well, 'everything' has NOT been switched to electronic format. It is just proposed that it is to be allowed. This has been the case for cultivar names for a while BUT with the proviso that certain institutions must possess hardcopies, or are provided with them by nurseries/authors.
If technology was really so reliable and at the level needed, there would of course be something to translate an english description into botanical latin!

> I don't think the committee made a light decision to switch everything to
> electronic format without first making it necessary to retrieve such data
> many years in the future. Sure, PDFs will probably not exist in a couple of
> decades, but the data behind such PDFs remain and could be transferred to
> another format.
> In regard to loosing all the data on on one's computer, the idea of
> electronic copies is that all the major servers on earth will have access
> and storage of these data and retrievable from anywhere else. If one server
> crashes, then others will still be online and available. That is the power
> of the internet. Some people ask what if all the servers on earth suddenly
> and simultaneously crash? The counter argument is that if such a thing were
> to happen, we have a lot more to worry about than description of species!
> Nhu
> On Fri, Jul 22, 2011 at 8:20 AM, <> wrote:
> > On 21 Jul 2011, at 10:57, AW wrote:
> >
> > It also smells like a knee-jerk reaction "Oh, print is so old-school, so
> > anti-
> > digital, so anti-cybernetic." Tell that to someone whose home computer
> > crashed
> > and left them without printed backups of their contact lists.
> >
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