Vr. Richard Bejsak-Colloredo-Mansfeld
ricardo at ANS.COM.AU
Thu Jul 25 07:14:05 CDT 2002
I would like to know what is the procedure to standardize museum acronyms in
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----- Original Message -----
From: "christian thompson" <cthompson at SEL.BARC.USDA.GOV>
To: <TAXACOM at USOBI.ORG>
Sent: Thursday, July 25, 2002 1:44 AM
Subject: Re: Museum Acronyms
> The 4 letter CODEN (not acronyms) are a vestigal feature of the original
> version of Ross Arnett's directory to entomological collection. Back then
> they had IBM punch cards and 4 columns were reserved for the CODEN. Hence,
> Ross added another letter for those collection which used only 3 letters
> their official ACRONYMs. Hence, MCZ became MCZC, etc.
> Sorry, Andrew, but once some of us had hoped that we could have
> standardized acronyms, like the Botanical community has. The purpose was
> able to create unique barcodes, where the code would have the alpha
> for the collection, followed by a sequential number. Such as
> or USNM ENT 00012345. Then intelligent programs could parse the barcode,
> then go onto the Internet and retrive the specimen label data from the
> appropriate database.
> Unfortunately, that was a dream.
> F. Christian Thompson
> Systematic Entomology Lab., ARS, USDA
> Smithsonian Institution
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> >>> Andrew Smith <asmith at UNLSERVE.UNL.EDU> 07/24 11:06 AM >>>
> Dear Robin
> In my opinion, as long as the acronyms are clearly defined in the
> paper, it doesn't really matter if different authors use different
> variations (CNC vs. CNCI, SMUK vs. SEMC, BM vs. BMNH etc.). The four
> letter standards I often use can be found on the Bishop Museum
> (otherwise known as the BPBM) website at:
> >Hi Taxacomers,
> >Does anyone have access to an approved/accepted list of acronyms for
> >the world's museums? Is it on a website somewhere where I can take
> >a peek?
> >I know that one had the acronym SMUK (Snow Museum, University of
> >Kansas), but that this was somehow later turned around.
> >In particular, I am under the impression that all, or perhaps most
> >all, museums were to be designated with a 4-letter acronym. The one
> >in Ottawa used to be CNC (Canadian National Collection) - full stop.
> >Then I heard/read that it is now the CNCI (Canadian National
> >Collection of Insects).
> >Can anyone confirm for me if the latter is now correct?
> >Robin Leech
> >Edmonton, Alberta
> Andrew B. T. Smith
> W436 Nebraska Hall
> Division of Entomology
> University of Nebraska State Museum
> Lincoln, NE 68588-0514 U.S.A.
> Phone: (402) 472-2664
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