Missouri Botanical Garden launches bid to catalog all world's plant species

Jen Young points us to The St. Louis Dispatch and a story on The Missouri Botanical Garden, and plans to create a catalog of all the plants in the world - a sort of encyclopedia of every green living thing.
Peter Raven, the garden's director, envisions the database as a tool for documenting and protecting the approximately 400,000 plant species in the world, about a quarter to half of which are considered to be threatened by extinction.


Cataloging sex offenders

I was listening to today\'s Justice Talking program on NPR over my lunch hour. The debate was about Megan\'s Law requiring registration of sex offenders. Both participants agreed that information on former offenders should be available to anyone doing background checks, as long as they have a name to search by. The ACLU representative was arguing that it is unconstitutional to make the data public and searchable by address or other fields, and it occurred to me: this is a cataloging issue! It\'s all about access points and availability of data.


Al Qaeda cataloger

Jack Stephens writes \"A story in the New York Times (\"Qaeda Videos Seem to Show Chemical Tests\"; 8/19/02) describes a cache of videos recently recovered from Afghanistan by a CNN reporter as \"a library that was collected, cataloged and stored by unknown individuals, apparently to document the history of Al Qaeda.\"

So what I want to know is, Who does collection development and cataloging for Al Qaeda?!



Berman wins victory - LC to create new subject heading

Steve Fesenmaier writes \"Sanford Berman, using documentation provided by me, wrote the Library of Congress. Mr. Yee has acted quickly and within a few weeks - is this a record?- will create an important new subject heading. Filmmakers, authors, and others around WV and the country also wrote Mr. Yee. Congrats to all - and to Mr. Yee - for acting so quickly. The recent Pa. coal mine disaster may have helped our cause - disasters often cause change in Appalachcia. Here is Mr. Yee\'s letter -


Spelling of Foreign Names and Terror Tracking

Gerry writes \"Just thinking how this little problem reminds me of library issues.....

1) name authority, 2) romanization, 3) immigrant records and genealogy, anyone?\"

The Story says computerized databases at the FBI, CIA,
Immigration and Naturalization Service and
other agencies bulge with lists of suspected
terrorists. Some of the names identify actual
terrorists. Others are aliases, misspellings,
alternative spellings or misidentifications of
putative bad guys. And without extensive
fieldwork, there is no way to tell them apart.


On Despising Genres

Ursula K. Le Guin has written an interesting piece, On Despising Genres where she says division of fiction into genres is like all classification, useful, but, Genre has no use at all as a value category and should never be used as such.


Internet Book Database?

Slashdot ran an interesting story, Internet Book Database?, that points out there is not a well developed internet book database to match CDDB, and asks \"What programs, if any, do those of you reading /. use to keep track of your books? If you were to start an open source internet book database project, what features would you include in it?\"


Petition in Support of Freedman/Berman Catalog

Steve Fesenmaier writes \"Please ask your readers to log on to
New Pages
and sign the Petition in Support of Freedman/Berman Catalog.\"


Hennepin County Library replaces catalog

Somone writes \"On March 5, 2002 Charles Brown, the director of
the Hennepin County Library System announced that
they are going to replace their innovative internationally
acclaimed catalog and use the Library of Congress Subject
Headings instead.

So why is this important? As you know a library\'s catalog
is the first point of contact for everything in a library.
People can search the catalog themselves or ask us to
search it for them. If the catalog does not contain the
subjects that people are searching for neither they nor
we can find the information they need.


Peoples Catalog for the 21st Century

Madeline Douglass writes \"Berman\'s catalog has always been instantly and continuously responsive
to the pulse of global culture, it embraces and celebrates diversity,
recognizes and defines emerging trends. It is the true Peoples Catalog
for the 21st century.

Dynamic and ever evolving, not limited by bias or outdated language or
censorship, Berman\'s catalog is NOT a relic of the past, it\'s NOT obsolete,
it\'s NOT incompatible with the internet. It can, more than any other existing
resource, be used to help us find the information we need on the internet.



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