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There will still be the facility for those supplying data to ask for restrictions on certain records, whose disclosure would be inappropriate. There is a clear statement associated with such dissemination that records are copyright and subject to database rights. Users are therefore not free to copy the data or re-assemble them into other databases without the Society’s permission. Where access via the internet is not convenient, the data set can be made available when appropriate in the form of a CD-Rom, subject to a signed confidentiality undertaking from the recipient.

Finally, it is necessary to distinguish the checklist, or fungal dictionary, from the set of records. A record is a factual observation about the occurrence of a fungus, along with the recorder’s observations on what it was; it may also be based on a collection from one of the national herbaria or details from a published source. The checklist used in association with the BMSFRD is a list of currently accepted names, together with their relationship to earlier names. As such, although it derives in part from an interpretation of records, it is essentially a summary of current taxonomic opinion. Such a list needs to be open to scientific debate and maintained as far as possible as a single agreed compilation widely published and readily accessible to all. It is currently one of the checklists available in the NBN species dictionary (part of Recorder 2002).

BMS Library

The Society’s library now comprises around 1000 items and is located at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. It is for the use of all members and a catalogue can be obtained by downloading from the BMS website at

<http:// http://www.britmycolsoc.org.uk/resources.asp?Page=2&Cat=BMS%20LIBRARY>

or by post from the Librarian.

A BMS member may borrow two volumes at one time for a period of no longer than one month within which time books must be returned or renewed, otherwise the borrower could be liable for the cost of a replacement.

We ask that books be returned carriage paid and contributions to postage for the outward journey will be welcome, but there are no other charges.

If a personal visit is more appropriate, phone the Librarian, on 07991 521 401 to make arrangements. For security reasons the building in which the library is situated is kept locked so it is essential to phone first to ensure the Librarian is present.

Please send all offers, requests and correspondence to:

BMS Librarian, The Wolfson Wing, Jodrell Laboratory, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AB, UK. E-mail: g.butterfill@rbgkew.org.uk


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