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Janardhanan Pillai jp at CES.IISC.ERNET.IN
Mon Feb 20 21:35:08 CST 1995

Subject: Re:Graphics database
Cc: jp

Regarding the Leiden University collection of 4500 sketches, I would suggest
that the sketches should be scanned the earliest and store in the digital form
If you do not have the expertise or the required hardware/software, you could
get it scanned at some place where a computer and a scanner available. It won't
cost you much. Evnen if you are not able to put it in a graphic database immediately,
you can store the scanned images ion some computer media (floppy/hard disk,
cartridge etc. ). Later you can think of putting in into a graphic database.
I would strongly recommend immediate scanning of the sketches as they are
very valuable information.

With warm regards,

Janardanan Pillai
Centre for Ecological Sciences
Indian Institute of Science
Bangalore 560 012, INDIA
E-mail :jp at

From: Rolf van de Pavert <CBS.NL!RPVT>
Subject:      Advice on graphic database wanted
To: Multiple recipients of list TAXACOM <TAXACOM at CMSA.BERKELEY.EDU>
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 To      : ORCHIDS
 From    : Rolf R. van de Pavert rpvt at
 Subject : Graphic Database

 Lectori salutem

 The "Rijksherbarium" of Leiden University has an outstanding collection of
 4500 original diagnostic pencil sketches on orchids made by J.J. Smith in the
 first half of the century. Paper is losing its quality fast and there is no
 money to have this collection properly photographed and digitized.
 In Dutch we have a saying "In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is
 king" This to put my knowledge of databases in perspective. I have been asked
 (on a strictly non professional basis) if I saw any possibility to organize a
 database to contain this material.
 Is there any expertise pertaining to this kind of project among you ? Any
 advice is enormously appeciated. I have a limited knowledge of computer
 matters and some hardware resources.

 Rolf R. van de Pavert

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