georeferencing localities

Robin Panza panzar at CLPGH.ORG
Fri Dec 6 10:15:32 CST 1996

>According to our experience in CONABIO there is simply no substitute to
>georeference specimens to the highest resolution possible, which
>nowadays, using GPS may go down to thirty meters or even less. With that

That's all very well and good for future collecting, but some of us maintain
100-year-old collections.  There is no way to produce GPS reference data for
the 200,000 bird specimens (and probably ca. 1,000,000 specimens in the other
departments) already in our posession.  If one restricts one's mapping, etc. to
georeferenced data, one is wasting an awful lot of available information, some
of which is of great historical importance.

Robin Panza                     panzar at
Section of Birds, Carnegie MNH
Pittsburgh  PA  15213  USA

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