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Re: Dinosaurs and the Web



     What, exactly, is keeping you guys (read 'professional 
     paleontologists" from doing it?  Publishing on the NET, I mean.  I 
     asked about this sort of thing before, and of course, I only heard the 
     opinions of paleontologists already on the NET-who generally seemed to 
     be very conservative with their approach to using the dang thing.
     There are rather a lot of MEDICAL people on the NET, as well as 
     GENETIC specialists, all of whom seem to spend a great portion of 
     their work day on a computer anyways.  Is this not true of 
     Paleontologists?  (George, at least)
     
     -Betty
     

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Subject: Dinosaurs and the Web
Author:  aol.com!GSP1954
Date:    11/10/95 11:32 PM


While in Pittsburgh for SVP, I dropped in at the Carnegie Robotics lab to do 
some research for my robotics book. There my host (H. Moravec) showed me how 
many fields of science are switching to the Web for publishing their
 research. Advantages. Speed, publish the day the paper is finished.
Response, those who have comments on the paper can publish replies the same 
day, and a dialog can be set up (a bit like the dialog Ruben and I had going 
on RT on this board, only more formal and useful). Cost, very low. Reprints, 
don't need them. Reviewer's, unnecessary (in part because of the rapid reply 
system).
   Moravec was surprised to learn that dinosaur researchers are not
publishing on-line, a fact that a scan of the dinosaur location confirmed. I 
explained that we paleontologists are still stuck in the Mesozoic. Also, 
there have been problems with illustrations, but this is fast disappearing. 
 The journal-review system is an artifact of 20th century technology, and it
will be interesting to see if it survives the change over to the next. 
   Take the paper I am doing on respiratory turbinates. It would be ideal for
the Web site. The situation with RT is changing so fast that the journal 
system will probably see the paper obsolete by the time it gets reviewed and 
printed. Besides, the paper is really a commentary on earlier work rather 
than ground breaking original research, and should be on a fast track reply 
and comment system. Too bad it is not yet available to us dino folks.
     
GSPaul