releasing rare sp. localities

Hugh D. Wilson wilson at BIO.TAMU.EDU
Fri Dec 6 09:57:00 CST 1996

This notion (below) is operative for herbarium specimen data 'harvest' as a
base for WWW distribution mapping of Texas vascular plants.  The
primary objective is to *use* this resource (specimens) to produce
maps that are functional in terms of distribution mapping, and
'county-level' info - present on most specimens - can be applied
with no problem and fields that provide increased resolution can be
filled and applied to maps as resources and methods become available.

Another notion is also relevant:  Once the value of the
specimen-based mappiong process is fully appreciated by the largest client
base possible (full WWW access, no charge), the value of higher
resolution mapping becomes evident and - with luck - resources
become available to fill in higher resolution data and build better

Alan Harvey:

"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."

Hugh D. Wilson
Texas A&M University - Biology
h-wilson at (409-845-3354)

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