releasing rare sp. localities

Alan Harvey aharvey at AMNH.ORG
Fri Dec 6 10:33:10 CST 1996


As someone who is right now designing the database for our department's
collections (i.e., re-inventing the wheel?), I've found this thread most
interesting. The problem should not be a difficult one, in a technical
sense at least, for computerized catalogs (and both those qualifiers are
important!). You can have a high-resolution field and a low-resolution
field for specific locality data, and the reports generated can insert
whichever field is deemed appropriate for a given user. I'm not talking
about web-based catalogs here, but rather the one use by the institution
itself. I'd suggest that if there's any sensitivity about this issue, the
corresponding web-based catalog should only provide the low-res data, and
folks who need the greater resolution should get in touch with a real
person at the institution. This should provide both reasonable access for
varied users and reasonable controls for the institutional folks
responsible for the data.




Alan W. Harvey (aharvey at
Assistant Curator of Invertebrates
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024
(212) 769-5638; fax (212) 769-5783

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