new gopher services

Tom Moritz tmoritz at CAS.CALACADEMY.ORG
Tue Aug 16 03:06:10 CDT 1994

 Item #2 in Larry Gall's message represents an important addition to
geopgraphic information services on the Internet!  It's the first time
that I am aware of that a version of the USGS Geographic Names Information
System (US geographic names) has been made available on the Internet.

I do have questions... 1) Why did Peabody edit out the "map name" field
from the file?  This feature provides one of the only ways by which a user
can go from a place name directly to a 7.5 minute topo map.  Seems an
unfortunate deletion.  2) The current format does not permit global searches,
what happens when you are unsure of the state? (The 2nd Ed. of the commercial
version of GNIS permits global...) 3) Did Peabody do any additional
modification/editing of the data (it appears not) -- yet there is some
suggestion that we should not have high confidence in the records...?

Questions nothwithstanding, congratulations to Peabody for putting this
resource up on the Net!

-- Tom Moritz
Calif. Acad. of Sciences
(from IUCN,Gland,Switzerland)

On Mon, 15 Aug 1994, Lawrence F. Gall wrote:

> The Peabody Museum is pleased to offer several additions/enhancements to
> its collections gopher (, port 70):
> (1) the Anthropology Division is now online and has posted 60,084 records
>     from its Caribbean archeological collections to the gopher; notes and
>     descriptions of the material can be found on the Anthropology menu.
> (2) there is a new service on the main menu that lets you search for any
>     labeled feature appearing on topographic maps put out by the US
>     Geological Survey; there are 1,233,933 records to peruse from across
>     the USA, covering populated places, parks, lakes, mountains, and all
>     sorts of other features; please read the help file before exploring.
> (3) the WAIS indexing/search engine has been modified so that search
>     hits are returned in alphabetical order by header (for the
>     collections databases, this means your results will always be
>     sorted by taxon, which should simplify scrolling through hits); the
>     alphabetizing holds for searches that specify untruncated keywords
>     and/or booleans, but it does not necessarily hold when substrings
>     are used (i.e., trailing "*" as in "substri*").
> (4) restrictions on allowable keywords have also been relaxed in the WAIS
>     engine as much as possible; now, all words except for single
>     characters (a-z) and the coden "YPM" are potentially valid (this is
>     essentially a purging of the file stoplist.c; a few other odd WAIS
>     limitations remain in effect, and we are working on expunging them).
> (5) all catalogued lots in the Ichthyology databases now have at least
>     partial collecting event data added to them (previously, only about
>     30 percent of the 9,908 lots had any such data); the "Notes" file on
>     the Ichthyology menu discusses this a bit more.
> Enjoy!
> Larry Gall                 lfg at
> Systems Office             203-432-9892 voice
> Peabody Museum             203-432-9816 FAX
> Yale University
> New Haven, CT 06511

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