Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Amber spider

Really just a shameless attempt to get one over David Shorthouse, but there has been some buzz about Very High Resolution X-Ray Computed Tomography (VHR-CT) of a fossil of Cenotextricella simon.

The paper describing the work is in Zootaxa (link here). Zootaxa is doing great things for taxonomic publishing, but they really need to get some sort of stable identifier set up. Linking to ZooTaxa articles is not straightforward. If they had DOIs (or even OpenURL access) they wuld make it much easier for people to convert lists of papers that include ZooTaxa publications to lists of resolvable links.

1 comment:

David Shorthouse said...

That's pretty cool, Rod. Dave Penney has been doing some great work and I'm jeolous of those big toys. I too have been terribly annoyed with Zootaxa. You'd think the least they could do is implement a local search function. The URL for their PDF title/abstract offerings come close to being useful such that you could implement a hook into bioGUID reference parsing, but they don't quite cut the mustard and are occasionally inconsistent.