Herbarium database software

William L at
Fri May 30 11:05:58 CDT 1997

Doug Yanega wrote, regarding Harvey Ballard's posting:

> carriage returns and all. It may not have had the efficiency of a
> relational database like FoxPro, but it was much, much easier to use, and
> had certain advantages. I seem to recall hearing that the next version of
> Filemaker *would* be relational, so it might be worthwhile to check it out
> when/if it arrives.
> Sincerely,
> Doug Yanega    Depto. de Biologia Geral, Instituto de Ciencias Biologicas,

The current version of FilemakerPro is relational.  Another possibility
is Access, which is nicely integrated with Microsoft Office. It is
easily learned and easy to develop an application in, but is "open
ended", allowing development of enormous "professional" level
applications as your needs and skll grow.

Incidently, in developing an collection database, if you are asscociated
with a university, consult with the database specialists in the computer
services department, (whatever the local name is, ours is system
computing services).  Often you can find someone who is highly skilled
in your program and used to helping faculty develop databases.

And check your campus bookstore for the software: "academically priced"
Microsoft Office Professional (including Access) costs less than the
commercial _upgrade_ price of any of the component programs. I suspect
other programs will be much the same.
Dr. William L. Pratt, Curator of Invertebrates
Marjorie Barrick Museum of Natural History
University of Nevada, Las Vegas Box 454009
Las Vegas, NV 89154-4009
(702)895-1403, fax (702)895-3094 e-mail prattw at nevada.edu

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