[Tdwg-guid] Demise of Phyloinformatics journal
m.doering at BGBM.org
Mon Nov 27 16:56:23 CET 2006
Richards post and Napster keyword reminded me of a vague idea I had for some time to use P2P networks like bittorrent as an persitent storage space. You can read about it a bit more closely here:
Don't take it as a real proposal, but I like the general idea if it. It might even have been done already within the GRID community. But it conveys the original internet idea of distributing resources and minimizing impact if a nodes gets lost.
A quite nice discussion by the way.
Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin Dahlem,
Dept. of Biodiversity Informatics
Königin-Luise-Str. 6-8, D-14191 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 83850-284
Email: m.doering at bgbm.org
> -----Original Message-----
> From: tdwg-guid-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
> [mailto:tdwg-guid-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of
> Richard Pyle
> Sent: Sonntag, 26. November 2006 20:42
> To: 'P. Bryan Heidorn'; tdwg-guid at mailman.nhm.ku.edu; 'Taxacom'
> Subject: Re: [Tdwg-guid] Demise of Phyloinformatics journal
> I only just now read Bryan Heidorn's excellent post on this
> topic (below). One thing I would add is that the nature of
> the internet and electronic information allow us
> opportunities to ensure permanence and access that were
> either impossible, or prohibitively expensive even a decade
> ago. Imagine, for example, an internet protocol that allowed
> both institutions and individuals to "plug in" and expose
> their digitial catalogs of stored electronic publications
> (and other resources) such that the whereabouts of literally
> thousands of copies of every electronic publication could be
> known to anyone. The system I envision is somewhat of a cross
> between existing protocols for interlibrary loan, and the
> original Napster. Certainly all sorts of copyright issues
> need to be sorted out, but these are short-term problems
> (less than a century), compared to the long-term
> (multi-millenia?) issue of information persistence. The point
> is, knowing the whereabaouts of extant copies of digital
> documents, coupled with the amazing ease and low cost of
> duplication and global dissemination (not to mention
> plummeting costs of electronic storage media), would
> virtually guarantee the long-term persistence of digital information.
> Any system is, of course, vulnerable to the collapse (or
> major perturbation) of human civilization. And the
> electronic translator problem I alluded to in an earlier post
> cannot be ignored. But to pretend that the potential doesn't
> exist or shouldn't be actively pursued is pure folly, in my opinion.
> Richard L. Pyle, PhD
> Database Coordinator for Natural Sciences
> and Associate Zoologist in Ichthyology
> Department of Natural Sciences, Bishop Museum
> 1525 Bernice St., Honolulu, HI 96817
> Ph: (808)848-4115, Fax: (808)847-8252
> email: deepreef at bishopmuseum.org
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: tdwg-guid-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
> > [mailto:tdwg-guid-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of P.
> > Bryan Heidorn
> > Sent: Friday, November 24, 2006 8:22 AM
> > To: tdwg-guid at mailman.nhm.ku.edu; Taxacom
> > Subject: Re: [Tdwg-guid] Demise of Phyloinformatics journal
> > The problem and solution has less to do with the Internet and
> > more to do with institutional longevity.
> > The permanence of paper has less to do with acid free paper
> > and more to do with the relative permanence of the
> > institutions that house them. Most paper documents over a
> > hundred years old have been lost forever because there were
> > no permanent institutions to hold them until the advent of
> > public and academic libraries. Papers in individual
> > scientists collections are discarded when they die. War and
> > economic upheavals left paper in rain and fire. It is
> > foolhardy to assume that what is on paper is safe.
> > We know that dissemination of information in electronic form
> > is must more economical than paper dissemination. The issue
> > is development of proper institutions with adequate stable
> > funding to develop and maintain copies into "perpetuity".
> > Commercial publishers, are clearly not the answer for
> > preservation. Corporations and publishers go out of business
> > all the time. It is only because libraries kept paper copies
> > that we still have a record.
> > Digital preservation and access problems exist for all
> > sciences and government documents so there is no need to the
> > biodiversity community to go it alone on this. We are just in
> > the beginning of the digital publishing history and have not
> > yet established adequate preservation mechanisms within
> > libraries to handle data curation, preservation and access in
> > all the situations where it is necessary.
> > There are projects underway world wide to address this issue.
> > In the United States the Library of Congress The National
> > Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program
> > http:// www.digitalpreservation.gov/ is one example. The U.S.
> > Government agency the Institute of Museum and Library
> > Services (IMLS) http:// www.imls.gov/ began grant programs to
> > train librarians and museum curators in digital librarianship
> > and most recently in digital data curation
> > http://www.imls.gov/applicants/grants/
> > 21centuryLibrarian.shtm is addressing the education issues.
> > The University of North Carolina
> > papers.html and the University of Illinois
> > http://sci.lis.uiuc.edu/ DCEP/ have begun working on best
> > practices and education. This week say the successful Data
> > Curation Conference (DCC) in Glasgow, Scotland
> > http://www.dcc.ac.uk/events/dcc-2006/. DCC will be running
> > "Long-term Curation and Preservation of Journals"
> > 31 January 2007. (as an aside, at DCC conference I saw
> > results of a survey in "Attitudes and aspirations in a
> > diverse world: the Project StORe perspective on scientific
> > repositories" Graham Pryor, University of Edinburgh
> > http://www.dcc.ac.uk/events/dcc-2006/
> > programme/presentations/g-pryor.ppt that more scientists
> > trusted publishers to save their digital documents than their
> > home institutions and libraries! It is clear that scientists
> > are generally not trained in economics and that the
> > information technology management of many institutions must
> > be abysmal!
> > We need something like to 5 institution rule for distribution
> > to apply for digital documents. Digital documents need to be
> > replicated as well for both access and preservation.
> > Institutions like the Internet Archive help with some of the
> > current problems.
> > Institutional Repositories (IR) are another. Many
> > universities and libraries world wide are beginning these. It
> > is authors'
> > responsibility to deposit their publications in these
> > institutions and to support their creation. JSTOR and other
> > institutions also exist. They all have their weaknesses and
> > additional research, development and funding is needed to
> > adequately address the issues.
> > Also, all journals need to be managed using good data
> > curation principles but al too often the publishers in spite
> > of best intentions are not educated in such issues.
> > Digital publishing of taxonomic literature are not the full
> > answer for current poor dissemination of taxonomic
> > literature. The deposit of a published name in five
> > institutions is a preservation rule, not a dissemination
> > rule. We hurt science and human health is we do not at the
> > same time address the information access issue. We need to
> > aspire to better dissemination and preservation. Electronic
> > publishing will help but only if appropriate institutions in place.
> > On the smaller issue, DOIs for publications, electronic or
> > paper is a no-brainer. URLs were never designed to be
> > permanent. URLs were designed to be reused and be flexible.
> > With DOIs we can place the same paper in multiple digital or
> > physical locations and reliably find copies.
> > Bryan Heidorn
> > --
> > --------------------------------------------------------------------
> > P. Bryan Heidorn Graduate School of Library and Information
> > Science
> > pheidorn at uiuc.edu University of Illinois at
> > Urbana-Champaign MC-493
> > (V)217/ 244-7792 501 East Daniel St., Champaign, IL
> > (F)217/ 244-3302 https://netfiles.uiuc.edu/pheidorn/www
> > On Nov 24, 2006, at 9:54 AM, Renato De Giovanni wrote:
> > > Rod,
> > >
> > > Thanks for sharing with us the information. I already
> imagined that
> > > things like that could happen, but it's always better to
> > argue having
> > > real examples.
> > >
> > > Anyway, just in case someone reading the story decides to
> > blame URLs,
> > > I just wanted to say that in my opinion the main issue
> here is not
> > > the technology or the GUID format being used. It's the
> > business model
> > > and the management strategy.
> > >
> > > I can easily imagine similar things happening to DOIs,
> > LSIDs or other
> > > kinds of issued GUIDs if the institution(s) behind them simply
> > > disappear.
> > >
> > > Best Regards,
> > >
> > > Renato
> > > --
> > > IT Researcher
> > > CRIA - Reference Center on Environmental Information
> > > http://www.cria.org.br/
> > >
> > > On 24 Nov 2006 at 13:37, Roderic Page wrote:
> > >
> > >> The Open Access web-only journal "Phyloinformatics"
> seems to have
> > >> disappeared, with the Internet address http://
> > >> www.phyloinformatics.org now up for sale. This means the
> > >> have just disappeared!
> > >>
> > >> There weren't many papers published, but some were
> > interesting and
> > >> have
> > >> been cited in the mainstream literature.
> > >>
> > >> This also illustrates the problems with linking to digital
> > resources
> > >> using URLs, as opposed to identifiers such as DOIs. With
> > the loss of
> > >> the domain name, this journal has effectively died.
> > >>
> > >> A sobering lesson...
> > >>
> > >> Regards
> > >>
> > >> Rod
> > >
> > >
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