John D. Oswald
Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University
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BotN Version 7.06 posted 7.ix.2006 -- A new version incorporating 155 new and 2344 updated reference citations, and 1000 new pdf files, that have been recorded in the Bibliography of the Neuropterida database through 7 September 2006. For this new version of the bibliography the primary focus has been to increase the number of pdfs of papers available as direct links from Bibliography citations. The 1000 new digital files linked to this version nearly doubles the number of digital files available through the Bibliography (now 2020 total files), and represents an additional 9500 pages of neuropterid literature available conveniently on-line. More than 21,600 pages of neuropterid literature are now available from the Bibliography. A particular emphasis has been placed on making available copies of papers that contain the original descriptions of new species and higher taxa. The files now available from the Bibliography contain the original descriptions of 45.1% of all neuropterid species, and 43.1% of neuropterid genera.
90% or more of the known neuropterid-related papers published in each of the following additional journals are now available as digital files through the Bibliography:
Annali del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale Giacomo Doria
Arkiv för Zoologi
Boletín de la Sociedad Entomologica de España
Memorie dell'Accademia Pontifica dei Nuovi Lincei, Rome
Notes from the Leyden Museum
Revista de la [Real] Academia de Ciencias Exactas Fisico-Quimicas y Naturales de Zaragoza
Transactions of the American Entomological Society
This release of the Bibliography also makes available for the first time complete digital facimilies of a number of important neuropteran monographs, including:
Hagen, H. A. 1861. Synopsis of the Neuroptera of North America, with a list of the South American species. Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections 4(1):xx + 1-347. [BotN r#455]
Rambur, [J.] P. 1842. Histoire Naturelle des Insectes, Névroptères. Librairie encyclopédique de Roret. Fain et Thunot, Paris. [xviii]+534 pp. [BotN r#5314]
Tjeder, B. 1966. Neuroptera-Planipennia. The Lace-wings of Southern Africa. 5. Family Chrysopidae. Pp. 228-534 in South African Animal Life, B. Hanström, P. Brinck and G. Rudebec, eds. Vol. 12. Swedish Natural Science Research Council, Stockholm. [BotN r#6049]
Tjeder, B. 1967. Neuroptera-Planipennia. The Lace-wings of Southern Africa. 6. Family Nemopteridae. Pp. 290-501 in South African Animal Life, B. Hanström, P. Brinck and G. Rudebec, eds. Vol. 13. Swedish Natural Science Research Council, Stockholm. [BotN r#6050
Walker, F. 1853. List of the specimens of neuropterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. Part II.--(Sialides--Nemopterides). British Museum, London. [iii] + 193-476. [BotN r#6194]
Working out of the interlibrary services office of the Texas A&M University Libraries, Mr. Franklin Leung has continued to coordinate a group of student workers (including David Chaszar and Wilson Lu) in producing raw pdf files for the project; and Shawn Hanrahan has continued in his role as the primary "fact checker" of the files. My thanks again to them for their efforts on the project.
BotN Version 7.05 posted 1.ii.2006 -- A new version incorporating 139 new and 1440 updated reference citations, and 491 new pdf files, that have been recorded in the Bibliography of the Neuropterida database through 27 January 2006. This version of the Bibliography has reached an important new milestone in its transformation into a true "digital library". Version 7.05 contains links to digital files (mostly pdfs) of 1020 different neuropterid-related publications, thus surpassing the 1000-paper mark. These digital files provide on-line access to >12,100 pages of text and figures, and include the original descriptions of 2498 species-group names (27.3% of 9136 total available neuropterid species-group names) and 452 genus-group names (30.1% of 1500 total available neuropterid genus-group names). In the next year, we hope to link digital files for an additional 500-1000 papers.
90% or more of the known neuropterid-related papers published in each of the following journals are now included as digital files in the Bibliography:
Annals and Magazine of Natural History
Australian Journal of Zoology, Supplementary Series
Broteria [including: Brotéria (Ciências Naturais) and Brotéria (Zoológica)]
Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology
Entomologist's Monthly Magazine
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales
Memorias de la Real Academia de Ciencias y Artes de Barcelona
Mitt[h]eilungen aus dem Naturwissenschaftlichen Verein für Neu-Vorpommern und Rugen
Stettiner Entomologische Zeitung
Zeitschrift der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Österreichischer Entomologen
Files from many other journals are also represented in the BotN, but not yet at the 90+% level for neuropterid-related papers.
Our ability to extend the Bibliography into a digital library has been made possible by funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation as part of the Global Lacewing Digital Library project. This funding has allowed us to hire a team of dedicated student workers to produce and check large numbers of new pdf files. I would like to thank here all of the following students who have worked on this project over the past 18 months (listed alphabetically): David Chaszar*, Lisa Doty, Sukhtej Gill, Shawn Hanrahan*, Akash Krisna, Franklin Leung*, Wilson Lu* [current members of the pdf production/processing team as of the posting of Version 7.05 are asterisked (*)]. The diligent attention of this team to the many details involved in producing pdf files from original source materials are very much appreciated and are resulting in a high-quality research resource for the neuropterological community that will last far into the future.
My special thanks to Mr. Franklin Leung, who has helped to coordinate the activities of the several student workers who are actively scanning and producing the pdf files. I would also like to thank Dr. Lan Yang, director of the interlibrary services office of the Texas A&M University Libraries for her librarianship and her assistance with student worker activities associated with the project.
BotN Version 7.04 posted 12.v.2005 -- A new version incorporating 491 new and 2653 updated reference citations, and 471 new pdf files, that have been recorded in the Bibliography of the Neuropterida database through 11 May 2005.
This new version of the Bibliography is being posted to precede the 9th International Symposium on Neuropterology, to be held next month in Ferrara, Italy. In addition to its new and updated records, version 7.04 contains a large number of new pdf files linked to the Bibliography for the first time. The majority of these files have been produced with funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation as part of the "Global Lacewing Digital Library" grant awarded to the author in 2004. The new pdf's include most (or all) of the known Neuropterida-related publications in the following journals: (1) Australian Journal of Zoology, (2) Australian Journal of Zoology, Supplementary Series, (3) Entomologist's Monthly Magazine, (4) Psyche and (5) Florida Entomologist. A variety of miscellaneous papers from many other serials are also included. The 529 pdfs now linked to the Bibliography represent 4.7% of the 11,149 references cited in version 7.04. My thanks go out to all of the authors, editors and publishers who have generously given their permissions to permit the pdfs of this literature to be delivered to the global neuropterological community through the Bibliography. We are now actively producing and obtaining additional pdfs for linking to future versions of the Bibliography. Over the next two years our goal is to link a total of 2000-3000 papers to the Bibliography that will contain 80-90% of the primary taxonomic literature of world neuropterid species. To help us reach this goal, please continue to send me citations and reprints (print, and if available, digital) of your new neuropterid works.
A note for those who may be interested in printing copies of papers from the Bibliography ... For each of the papers being digitized as part of the Global Lacewing Digital Library (GLDL) grant project we are creating two pdfs of each paper. The first of these is based on a high-resolution (600 dpi) scan of each paper. These files will be good for printing, but are not searchable. The second pdf has lower resolution (i.e., it looks more "grainy" on the screen), and thus will give a poorer print, but is searchable (if you are using one of the more recent versions of Adobe Acrobat, you can search for specific text by clicking on the "Search" button when you are viewing the file in Acrobat). Unfortunately, for version 7.04 of the Bibliography, only the lower-quality, searchable, files have been linked up. I'll link up the higher-quality files in a future version after I figure out a convenient way to display multiple files for each cited reference. So, if you want better-quality prints of GLDL-produced files, you might want to wait before you start making lots of prints. Please note that these comments pertain only to those files that we are producing as part of the GLDL grant. The Bibliography also contains a variety of files derived from other sources, e.g., publisher "pdf reprints", and various files and scans sent to me by different authors. Those files are of widely differing and uncontrolled (uncontrollable...) quality and may or may not print well. GLDL-grant-produced files can be distinguished from other files by their filenames. An explanation of this requires a knowledge of the file naming scheme adopted for the Bibliography. The general naming scheme is as follows
Sample Filenames: navas1913ref569m-1393.pdf, navas1913ref569s-1394.pdf, oswald1998ref9236-532.pdf
Sample Expanded Filename:
(1, required) first author surname [all lower case, no spaces, no diacritical marks],
(2, required) nominal year of publication [the "imprint" year, not necessarily the true year of publication],
(3, required) "ref" [short for "reference"],
(4, required) Bibliography of the Neuropterida (BotN) reference number [i.e., the BotN "r#"],
(5, optional) file code [currently one of the following:
(absent), indicates a miscellaneous, non-GLDL-grant produced file;
"m" (short for "master") indicates a GLDL-grant produced master file derived from a 600 dpi black and white scan or a 300 dpi color scan;
"s" (short for "searchable") indicates a lower quality GLDL-grant produced file searchable in Adobe Acrobat],
(6, required) separator dash ["-"],
(7, required) an arbitrary, unique, digital file number [this number is assigned when file data are entered into the BotN database],
(8, required) separator period ["."],
(9, required) filename extension [typically "pdf", but may be something else].
Thus, the higher-quality GLDL-grant produced files better adapted for printing will be indicated by an "m" in filename position 5, lower quality searchable files will be indicated by an "s" in the same position. Absence of a letter in this position indicates a file of unknown relative printing quality.
BotN Version 7.03 -- A new version incorporating 365 new and 2126 updated references recorded in the Bibliography database through 20 February 2004. This version includes functionality on the search page for "Notes" field searching (this allows searching for text in the various notes data given in many citations, including general notes, dating notes, "Neuropterida parts" notes, etc.) and for linking and displaying pdf files (with pdf reader software installed on your computer) of some papers cited in the Bibliography. These two functionality elements were first implemented in version 7.02.01 posted 3 July 2003, though at that time only 5-10 "test" pdf files were linked to the Bibliography. Version 7.03 marks the first concerted effort to begin linking and distributing pdf files via the Bibliography web site. A total of 58 such files are linked to this version of the Bibliography. The most important set of files linked in this group is a nearly complete set of pdf files of the papers published by Longinos Navás in the Spanish serial Revista de la Real Academia de Ciencias Exactas Fisicas y Naturales de Madrid. These pdf's were generously provided to the Bibliography project by Prof. Dr. Pedro Garcia-Barreno and Leticia de las Heras of the Real Academia de Ciencias Exactas, Físicas y Naturales, Madrid.
As the Bibliography continues to extent is functionality and usefulness through the provision of direct access of pdf files of neuropterid literature, a few words on the digital file posting policy of the Bibliography project may be in order. To meet its legal and moral obligations to publishers and authors, the Bibliography project will not knowingly link digital copies of papers in violation of copyright protections or against the wishes of individual authors. To ensure that digital files are properly posted, we will seek appropriate permissions from extant publishers and living authors prior to posting copies their works. It is gratifying to note here that the responses of both individuals and publishers have been overwhelmingly positive in supporting the initiative of the Bibliography of the Neuropterida project to make the world literature on lacewings and their allies both freely and openly available on the web. Between June 2003 and 20 February 2004, 104 neuropterist authors have granted permissions to post digital copies of all (or substantially all) of their past and future neuropterid-related publications on the Bibliography, and the publishers of 72 journals have provided similar permissions. To provide special acknowledgement of the latter, which generally hold legal copyrights on the materials published in their journals, a new page listing Collaborating Societies and Publishers has been added to version 7.03 of the Bibliography web site. Please join me in expressing appropriate appreciation to these societies and publishers for supporting the Bibliography project.
I would like to express my appreciation to the following individuals for there special contributions to the current version of the Bibliography:
(1) John RUBERSON. Last year John agreed to help provide citation coverage for the Bibliography in the area of biological control and applied Neuropterology. This year he provided me with his first list of references, which added ca. 75 new citations to the Bibliography.
(2) Agostino LETARDI. Agostino is one of the steadiest and most long-standing collaborators of the Bibliography project. This year Agostino provided me with his 10th (!) list of additions/corrections (his first was way back in 1996, I think). Agostino, a special thanks to you for your long-time support and continuing interest in the Bibliography project.
(3) Vladimir MAKARKIN. The Bibliography has always strived to be global in scope, but there are certain languages where this presents special problems for me. Russian is one of these. Noting this, it is a great pleasure to note Vladimir's recent contributions in helping to upgrade a broad range of Russian language citations in the Bibliography. For version 7.02 Vladimir provided additions/corrections for citations to the Russian paleoneuropterological literature. For version 7.03 he has provide the first installment of similar additions/corrections for the Russian literature on living lacewings. In particular, he has provided a large number of transliterated and translated Russian article titles, book titles, and journal names that have greatly improved the citations of many Bibliography references to Russian-language publications.
(4) ABRAHAM Levente. Levente has provided the Bibliography project with a nearly complete set of digital copies of his published neuropterid works to date, and permission to post them. As soon as we also obtain publisher permissions to post them, these copies will begin to show up as links in the Bibliography.
(5) Michael OHL. Michael and I have had several flurries of e-mail correspondence about the proper citation of a number of older neuropteran works. His access to the excellent libraries of the Berlin Museum, and his interest and willingness to share information gleaned from those collections have markedly improved the citations of a number of old and rare works that few of us will have the pleasure to examine personally.
Many other individuals have sent me reprints, photocopies, and/or personal publication lists. Thank you all. Please continue to send me these material so that I can continue to expand and improve the Bibliography.
BotN Version 7.02 -- A new version incorporating 203 new and 1805 updated references. This version includes (for the first time) active links to the e-mail addresses of "first authors" whose e-mail addresses are known to me. If your e-mail address is not shown, or is incorrectly shown, for papers on which you are the "first author", please send me your current e-mail address so that it can be incorporated into future editions of the Bibliography. A special thanks to Vladimir Makarkin for providing 13 pages of corrections and additions to (mostly Russian) fossil neuropterid references for this version. Vladimir has also agreed to serve as a Russian language collaborator, submitting new (and old) Russian references for inclusion in the Bibliography, and providing input to help standardize the presentation of citations to Russian-language works on the Neuropterida. With the issuance of Bibliography Version 7.02, new bibliographic data derived from the MacLeod Literature Collection, which passed to me (John Oswald) after Ellis' death in 1997, have now been completely entered into the Bibliography. New information from this collection -- particularly data from early 20th century separates -- have substantially augmented the Bibliography. Data from this collection have been slowly being added to the Bibliography over the past several years, but the bulk of the new information has only recently been incorporated into the on-line Bibliography in Versions 7.01 and 7.02.
BotN Version 7.01 -- A new version incorporating 200+ new and 2500+ updated references. New functionality in the version includes: (1) a "true date of publication" field in square brackets  following the nominal year of publication; (2) synoptic "First Author" information, including [where known]: title, full name, "go by" name, year of birth, year of death, sex and e-mail address. Special thanks to Agostino Letardi and Robert Güsten for providing accumulated lists of additions and corrections for this version.
Format: Queryable FileMaker Pro 5.5 database implementation.
Citations: 10,085 total, 203 new, 2511 updated; Recorded through: 3.ii.2003
BotN Version 7.0-- BotN version 7.0 was posted on 13 December 2002. This new version contains citations to a total of 9882 publications, including 340 new citations and 1241 updated citations entered in the BotN database between 20 February 2001 and 10 December 2002. Version 7.0 is a totally new web implementation of the Bibliography that takes advantage of the web-serving capabilities of FileMaker Pro 5.5 database software. The data for version 7.0 are served live from a simple, six-field, FileMaker Pro database table that was populated with data exported from the master Bibliography of the Neuroptera database in MicroSoft Access. This change will provide for better control by the author over the web-serving software used to deliver the online version of the Bibliography, and should facilitate more regular updating of the Bibliography on the web (version 7.0 is the first new web posting in 20 months). With the change in web-delivery software, the look of the bibliography has changed somewhat, although the basic functionality of the site remains quite similar. Thank you to all who have used and provided feedback on the Bibliography, and to those who have provided new citations for this update. A special thanks to Agostino Letardi, who has continued to provided annual updates from Italian and general European neuropterid literature.
BotN Version 6.2-- BotN version 6.2 was posted on 27 February 2001. This new version contains citations to a total of 9542 publications, including 567 new citations and 691 updated citations entered in the BotN database between 15 October 1998 and 19 February 2001. Thanks to all of the Bibliography collaborators who have provided new citations for this update. A special thanks to Agostino Letardi, who has provided regular updates of Italian and general European neuropterid literature over the past several years.
BotN Version 6.1 -- BotN version 6.1 was posted on 16 October 1998. This version contains citations to 8975 publications (ca. 300 more than version 6.0) entered in the BotN database through 14 October 1998. Thanks to all of the Bibliography collaborators who provided new citations for this update!
New Look & Functionality -- Thanks to Murtaza S. Sonaseth and Ravi Wijayaratne, Version 6 of the Bibliography of the Neuroptera sports a new look and greatly increased functionality. Murtaza and Ravi undertook the further development of the bibliography web site as special project for a course in computer Information Storage and Retrieval. The results are dramatic. The underlying data in the bibliography can now be searched by author, year, title, serial or full citation (including dating and other miscellaneous notes) to allow targeted recovery of particular records. Try searching on your favorite taxon name or key word. Thanks Murtaza and Ravi!New Collaborators-- Lara Senior has taken over from Peter McEwen as Subject Collaborator for Economic Entomology.New Citations -- The latest version of the bibliography contains approximately 8600 citations (8100 in Version 5; 7500 in Version 4).New Corrections -- In addition to new references, Version 6 contains numerous corrections, updates and modifications of individual citation records scattered throughout the underlying data.
The goal of the Bibliography of the Neuropterida project is to compile and disseminate a comprehensive bibliography of the literature relating to the lacewings and their allies (insect orders Neuroptera, Megaloptera and Raphidioptera), and to provide convenient direct access to digital copies of this literature to the extent that appropriate permissions are obtainable to do so. The master source files for the Bibliography are maintained by John D. Oswald in a Microsoft Access database, from which data for new versions of the web-delivered Bibliography of the Neuropterida are episodically downloaded. During the early 1990's, several print-manuscript versions of the bibliography were circulated among a small group of colleagues. These individuals encouraged me to make the text more widely available. In 1994 a version of the Bibliography was implemented as a gopher site at the California Academy of Sciences. In 1996, a simple static web page version was made available at Texas A&M University (TAMU). In 1997, a web-based version using the full-text indexing software MG (ManagingGigabytes) was produced as a computer science class project by students Murtaza S. Sonaseth and Ravi Wijayarante, and was developed by and hosted on a server in the Center for the Study of Digital Libraries, a unit of the TAMU Department of Computer Sciences. The MG implementation went through two data updates with no changes in basic functionality. The current format (versions 7.xx) of the Bibliography was first released in December of 2002. It directly queries a FileMake Pro 5.5 database that is hosted on a server located in the Texas A&M University Department of Entomology. Please direct all correspondence regarding the Bibliography to John D. Oswald.
The Bibliography of the Neuropterida is a continually evolving document. The bibliography is (and has been) compiled from a wide variety of sources, some of which contain only incomplete details to cited literature. I have personally verified the bibliographic data for ca. 58% (version 7.06) of the total citations contained in the bibliography. Data for other references have been recorded as accurately as possible from secondary sources, but remain unconfirmed. Many citations are known to be incomplete.
You can help improve the bibliography by sending bibliographic data that completes, corrects or adds to the existing bibliographic citations. Please send all such information to John Oswald (firstname.lastname@example.org). Colleagues, please send me reprints of your Neuropterida-related papers as they are published so that I can be sure to include them in new versions of the bibliography. Language Collaborators with expertise in languages that do not use the Roman alphabet are sought to improve and expand the coverage of the Bibliography in these language areas.
Included Taxa - The Bibliography of the Neuropterida has been compiled primarily as a research tool to provide bibliographic an literature support for studies on neuropterid insects. Its primary taxonomic emphases are:
To aid historical and nomenclatural research, the bibliography also contains many citations to works that treat:
Included Subjects -- The bibliography contains citations to papers on all aspects of neuropterid research, including, but not restricted to: agriculture, biological control, biology, ecology, faunistics, morphology, paleontology, phylogeny, physiology, parasites, predators, systematics and taxonomy. The neuropterid-related portion of a paper may be very small (e.g., many prey and faunal records), and may not be apparent in the title. Navás Bibliography -- Because of the historical importance and bibliographic difficulty of the work of the prolific Spanish Jesuit author Reverend Padre Longinos Navás (1852-1938), the Bibliography of the Neuropterida contains citations to ALL of the scientific works by this author that are known to the bibliography's contributors, including works not concerned with neuropterid taxa. The bibliography of this author, who published on a wide range of insect orders, is quite comprehensive and many citations also contain detailed notes about their dates of publication. Included Works -- The majority of citations in the bibliography are to published works in the primary and secondary printed scientific literature. These include, but are not limited to, the following classes of publications: papers in scientific journals, books, chapters in books and popular magazine articles. Some manuscript materials, particularly theses and dissertations, are also cited. The bibliography is worldwide in scope and treats works in all languages to the extent that the author can keyboard them in the Roman alphabet with available computer resources. Papers published in languages that do not use Roman characters have been entered only if romanized translations or transliterations of at least part of the bibliographic citation have been available. Titles are cited in the language of the main text in most cases. Exceptions may occur in cases of intentional translation, or where citation data were originally taken from English-only bibliographic listings, in which case title translations unknown to me may have been performed. There are no temporal limitations on the works cited in the bibliography.
Citations to text and/or illustrations appearing in several classes of secondary and ephemeral sources have been (and will continue to be) included or excluded based on the author's subjective assessment of the value the information that they contain. This statement pertains to information contained in newspaper articles, paper ephemera (e.g., pamphlets), abstracts of papers presented at scientific meetings (published or unpublished), dictionary and encyclopedia articles, treatments in general works on entomology (e.g., textbooks), and other similar works. The bibliography does not cite abstracts of papers published in abstracting journals, e.g., Biological Abstracts, Dissertation Abstracts - the original works are cited instead.Strengths and Weaknesses -- The strengths of the bibliography reflect the primary research interests of the author in systematics, taxonomy, morphology and phylogeny -- although publications in most other subject areas of neuropterology are also well represented. The author's perception is that the bibliography is not as exhaustive as it might be in areas such as paleontology, agriculture-related topics, physiology, local and regional faunistics, and papers published in non-Roman-character languages.
The Bibliography of the Neuropterida is the culmination thousands of hours of work undertaken over the past 20 years. The text of the bibliography made available here represents the equivalent of an unpublished manuscript. I wish to make the information contained in the bibliography freely and widely available to the neuropterological research community for the purposes of facilitating and stimulating research on neuropterid insects. The allowable uses of the bibliography are specified below. All other uses and rights are reserved by the author. By using the bibliography, users agree to accept and conscientiously follow these usage guidelines.
Synoptic information on each of the digital versions of the Bibliography of the Neuropterida that have been produced to date is given below:
Version 7.06 (Citations: 11,442 total, 155 new, 2344 updated; Digital files linked: 2020 total, 1000 new, =17.6% of 11,442 total BotN citations, files contain >21,600 total literature pages; Original species descriptions in linked files: 4144 total, =45.1% of 9193 available species-group names; Original genus descriptions in linked files: 652 total, =43.1% of 1511 available genus-group names; Data recorded through 7 September 2006; FM5.5 version; functionality additions: file name and "complete" flag added to edoc link text)
Version 7.05 (Citations: 11,287 total, 139 new, 1440 updated; Digital files linked: 1020 total, 491 new, =9.0% of 11,287 total BotN citations, files contain >12,100 total literature pages; Original species descriptions in linked files: 2498 total, =27.3% of 9136 available species-group names; Original genus descriptions in linked files: 452 total, =30.1% of 1500 available genus-group names; Data recorded through 27 January 2006; FM5.5 version; functionality additions: none)
Version 7.04 (Citations: 11,149 total, 491 new, 2653 updated; Digital files linked: 529 total, 491 new; Data recorded through 11 May 2005; FM5.5 version; functionality additions: display of edoc file sizes)
Version 7.03 (Citations: 10,658 total, 365 new, 2126 updated; Digital files linked: 58 total, 58 new; Data recorded through 20 February 2004; FM5.5 version; functionality additions: searching by "Notes" field, capacity to link and display pdf files [these two functionality elements actually implemented in version 7.02.01 posted 3.vii.2003])
Version 7.02 (10,293 citations [213 new, 1805 updated] entered through 17 June 2003; FM5.5 version; additions: active links to known e-mail addresses)
Version 7.01 (10,085 citations [203 new, 2511 updated] entered through 3 February 2003; FM5.5 version; additions: true date, first author data [including e-mail where known], first abortive attempt to links to edocs)
Version 7.0 (9882 citations [340 new, 1241 updated] entered through 10 December 2002; the first FileMaker Pro 5.5 implementation, a searchable web version; current "user session" counter added)
Version 6.2 (9542 citations [567 new, 691 updated] entered through 19 February 2001; the last MG implementation update)
Version 6.1 (8975 citations [ca. 375 new] entered through 14 October 1998)
Version 6.0 (the first searchable web-based implementation of the bibliography, the first MG [ManagingGigabytes; full-text indexing sofware] implementation [by Sonaseth & Wijayaratne]; ca. 8600 citations [ca. 500 new] entered through December 1997)
Version 5.www (the first web implementation of the bibliography, a static web page version; ca. 8100 citations entered through 17 December 1995)
Version 4.gopher (a gopher implementation and the first digital version of the bibliography; ca. 7500 citations entered through 18 December 1994)
Language Collaborators -- Language collaborators are individuals who have agreed to periodically contribute to the Bibliography of the Neuropterida project lists of neuropterid-related references published in non-English languages in which they are fluent. These collaborators help to ensure the language breadth of the bibliography.
András Bozsik (2003- ; Hungarian)
Agostino Letardi (Italian)
Vladimir Makarkin (2003- ; Russian)
Subject Collaborators -- Subject collaborators are individuals who have agreed to periodically contribute to the Bibliography of the Neuropterida project lists of neuropterid-related references published in specialized fields whose literature they follow closely. These collaborators help to ensure the subject breadth of the bibliography.
John Ruberson (2003- ; biological control / natural enemies)
Permissions Coordinators -- Permissions coordinators assist in the development of bibliography content by contacting authors and publishers to solicit permissions for the posting of digital files, and to build and maintain contact and biographic information about authors who have published on the neuropterid orders.
Andy Whittington (2003- )
Agostino Letardi (2003- )
Coding Collaborators -- Coding collaborators are individuals who have contributed their special computer skills to the Bibliography of the Neuropterology by developing project-related computer software. These collaborators help to ensure broad and easy access to bibliography data.
Murtaza S. Sonaseth and Ravi Wijayaratne -- Murtaza and Ravi developed the searchable, frames-based, web interface first implemented in Version 6 of the bibliography as part of a graduate course in computer Information Storage and Retrieval. Thanks to them, the vision of being able to share the data contained in the Bibliography of the Neuroptera with colleagues around the world quickly and easily has finally been realized!
General. To all of my neuropterist friends and colleagues around the world, I offer my thanks for your past and continuing efforts to help build and improve the Bibliography by sending me your personal publication lists, specialized reference lists, "additions" lists, corrections notes, reprints, photocopies, digital files, etc., so that we can build an increasingly comprehensive and useful resource for our research community.
Libraries and Librarians. I owe a special debt of gratitude to the many librarians who have assisted me over the period of many years with the bibliographic research that is incorporated into the Bibliography. By virtue of my association with them as -- respectively -- a student, a postdoc and a faculty member, I have made particularly significant use of the resources, facilities and services of the libraries of Cornell University, the Smithsonian Institution (especially the National Museum of Natural History) and Texas A&M University. The dedicated individuals associated with the libraries of these institutions in particular, but also the staff of many other libraries in the United States and Europe, have provided me with uniformly courteous and helpful services and with access to the collections under their care -- without which this Bibliography would not be possible to assemble. As access to scientific literature resources becomes increasingly digital, as it will and must, it is unfortunate that the process of obtaining that information is also becoming increasingly "faceless". It is all too easy to forget the people who stand behind the new and old library services that we use; but we must not forget the importance of libraries and the librarians that guide and nurture them.
I would like to offer a special thanks to Dr. Lan Yang, director of the interlibrary services office of the Texas A&M University Libraries, for her collaboration on the Bibliography project by providing space and oversight for student workers to scan original neuropterid literature and produce pdf files.
Student Workers. Many student workers have provided various kinds of assistance on the Bibliography project over the years. The most important of these contributions have been made by the team of students who have carefully produced the majority of the pdfs now linked to the Bibliography. I would like to thank the following students for their contributions in this regard (students listed alphabetically; current members of the pdf production/processing team as of the posting of Version 7.05 are asterisked [*]): David Chaszar*, Lisa Doty, Sukhtej Gill, Shawn Hanrahan*, Akash Krisna, Franklin Leung*, Wilson Lu*. Your efforts on this project have provided an invaluable research resource for the global neuropterological community, the benefits of which will last far into the future.
Miscellaneous. A special thanks to my good colleague Dr. Norman D. Penny who has supported this project throughout our long association. In 1994 (I think it was...) Norm first helped push the Bibliography in the direction of electronic publication by arranging to have the first online version (Version 4.gopher) implemented as a gopher site on a server at the California Academy of Sciences.
During my postdoctoral years (1991-1995) at the Smithsonian Institution (National Museum of Natural History), Dr. Oliver S. Flint kindly allowed me unrestricted access to the extensive collection of neuropterid reprints then under his care at the National Museum of Natural History. Access to this collection was especially helpful in allowing me to sort out the serial vs. separate paginations of many Navás publications.
Over the years since 2002, Ms. Janice "Jan" Readio, has provided assistance in tracing and obtaining copies of publications for the verification of Bibliography entries.
Funding. Versions 7.04+ of the Bibliography were supported in part by the U.S. National Science Foundation through Division of Environmental Biology, Systematic Biology and Biodiversity Inventories grant #0416206. Support from this source facilitated the production of a large number pdf files that comprise a substantial portion of the primary and secondary taxonomic literature on the Neuropterida of the world. The substantive support provided under this grant allowed the Bibliography to expand from its initial emphasis on bibliographic citations and permitted its rapid transformation into a significant digital library that provides open access to a growing body of scientific literature of focused relevance to the global neuropterological community.
Versions 6.x of the Bibliography were supported in part by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board through Advanced Research Program grant #999902-139. Host support for these versions was provided by the Center for the Study of Digital Libraries, a unit of the Texas A&M University Department of Computer Sciences.
In-kind support for the Bibliography project has been provided over the years by the Department of Entomology of Texas A&M University, the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, and the Texas A&M University Libraries.
This is a research project of the Texas A&M University Bioinformatics Working Group.
Personal. Finally, a big thanks to my wife Diane, daughter Emily and son Scott, for their tolerance of the many hours that I have spent in front of computers at home working on this and other time-intensive neuropterid projects.
The Bibliography of the Neuropterida has been developed and is maintained by John D. Oswald (email@example.com)
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