Palm pilots - possibly a better usage

Anita F. Cholewa chole001 at UMN.EDU
Thu Mar 9 07:50:36 CST 2006

Sorry I'm coming in the middle of this conversation but with respect to
the public and online interactive keys ... our experience (woody tree
key of Minnesota - ) if it's
not simple to use they'll leave the site quickly.  If there's too much
introductory information, the public won't even get to the key.

Anita F. Cholewa, Ph.D.
Curator of plants and Consulting botanist
Bell Museum of Natural History
University of Minnesota
1445 Gortner Ave
St Paul MN 55108

christian thompson wrote:

>Yes, Tim, I would like to see the public embrace interactive keys/ software.
>But having produce one (fruit fly expert system [INTKEY] now also in LucID, go to
>I am sorry to say after 8 years the Public has not come to my door the way they reacted to Paul Hebert's DNA barcodes.
>Earlier I named a new species after Bill Gates, but no response either.
>So, sadly I not sure what we, as a community, need to do to promote our science as we see it. All I can tell you is what has failed.
>Oh, well ...
>>>>"Timothy M. Jones" <TPolonski at ADELPHIA.NET> 03/09/06 08:11AM >>>
>    Curious if you think the public or taxonomy will ever embrace
>interactive keys/software?   Seems to me that this technology may give
>taxonomy the boost it needs.

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