Collection Numbers

Les at Les at
Mon May 24 14:04:36 CDT 1999


The "lowly graduate student" has seen the emperor's clothes.  I think she
is right on - and modern good data bases can track all of these things, if
wisely constructed.  So lets stop please.
I apologize in advance, cause I don't like to clutter these things up.

Leslie F. Marcus                              Professor of Biology
(Mailing address):Dept. Invertebrates         Queens College of CUNY
American Museum of Natural History            e-mail:lamqc at cunyvm.cuny.edu
CPW @ 79th, New York, NY 10024
Tel: 212-769-5721  Fax: x5842
e-mail: marcus at amnh.org


On Mon, 24 May 1999, Susan B. Farmer wrote:

> I'm only a lowly graduate student, but I think that y'all are arguing
> over apples versus oranges.  I believe that we're talking about
> multiple numbers as if they were all the same number.
>
> The collection number on the label is the number that the individual
> (or group) collector assigns to that specimin.  Doesn't really matter
> if it's sequential, random, or coded by date, trip, and phase
> of the moon.  It's the *collector's* number.
>
> There may also be an accession number assigned by the herbarium to
> indicate when/in what order the specimin was added to the herbarium
> collection.  This number may again be completely sequential or
> sequential by date.
>
> Now, with the advent of Computer Databasing Software, there is the
> possibility of a 3rd number identifying the specimin -- and that is
> the identification number/code that the computer assigns to it --
> sometimes with your (the users) help, and sometimes without.
> A good program, IMHO, should allow you to track all three numbers.
>
> Susan Farmer, programer and botanist
> sfarmer at goldsword.com
>




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