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EMu Polls for Proposed Module Changes

From time to time we receive suggestions for changes to functionality in EMu. In line with the process agreed at the North American User’s Conference EMu users will be notified of the suggestions and given a month to decide whether they approve or disapprove the alterations.

At the end of the month the votes will be tallied and if approved, the suggested changes will be applied.

Bibliography Module Proposed Changes

Following the release of the upgraded bibliography module in EMu 8.0 two suggestion were made for alterations to the agreed Summary data for the Article and Chapter record types.

Change Number 1

The approved SummaryData for Articles is as follows:

“[“ + PublicationType + ”] ” +  (AuthorsRef_tab (
if count (AuthorsRef_tab) = 1 then
CitedName
else if count (AuthorsRef_tab) = 2 then
CitedName + “, “ + CitedName
else if count (AuthorsRef_tab) > 2 then
CitedName + “, “ + “et. al.“
)) + ” “ + PublicationDate(yyyy) + “. “ + Title + “. “ + Volume + “ (“ + Issue + “): “ + Pages + “.”

e.g. [Article] Pilsbry, Henry & Hubricht, Leslie. 1956. Beach drift Polygyridae from southern Texas. The Nautilus. 69 (3): 93-96.

or    [Article] Natarajan, R., et al. 1966. Chromosomes of eight species of Succineidae (Gastropoda, Stylommatophora) from the southern United States. Acta biol. Hung. 17 (1): 105-120.

The suggested change is as follows:

Articles published in Journals, the name of the journal (=article’s parent) is not being inserted in the SummaryData string. It is requested that it be added.

Do you agree or disagree with this change?

Change Number 2

The approved SummaryData for Chapters is as follows:

“[“ + PublicationType + ”] ” +  (AuthorsRef_tab (
if count (AuthorsRef_tab) = 1 then
CitedName
else if count (AuthorsRef_tab) = 2 then
CitedName + “, “ + CitedName
else if count (AuthorsRef_tab) > 2 then
CitedName + “, “ + “et. al.“
)) + ”. “ + Title + “ in “ + ParentSummary + “. “ + Pages + “.”

e.g. [Chapter] Buck, P. H. Section XII, Ornaments and personal adornment. in Arts and Crafts of Hawaii. 553-561.

The suggested change is as follows:

Although the SummaryData seems ok for a chapter published in a book, in such situations the prefatory word “in” is always capitalized as “In” and most commonly as “In:” with a trailing colon. I would recommend “In:” as the default.

It is also noted that the approved example has a full stop (period) after the title which is not in the definition and appears to be an oversight.

The complete changes would be to add a full stop (period) after the title and convert the in following the title to In:

Do you agree or disagree with this change?

EMu Taxonomy Proposed Change

During the North American User’s Conference a suggestion was made to alter the rank for ICZN.

The suggested change is as follows:

The specific logic for the ranking of taxonomic hierarchy in the ICZN code needs updating. The rough logic is as follows:

Where etaxonomy.ClaApplicableCode contains “ICZN”
ClaSection  falls after ClaInfraorder and before ClaSuperfamily when applying the logic for ClaRank.
Where ClaApplicableCode does not contain “ICZN”
apply the logic to ClaRank as it exists now.

The World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) is a taxonomic authority website and this is an example of the requested ICZN rankings.

Do you agree or disagree with this change?

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