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Thanks again, Jonathan, it all looks very useful.
Cheers,
Marco



On 27 May 2009, at 11:12, Moore, Jonathan wrote:

> If you are interested in the area of data standards, it would be  
> worth looking into the work of TDWG http://www.tdwg.org - they have  
> been working for many years on standards for biodiversity  
> information, and particularly, such things as museum collections and  
> field collections of plants etc.
>
> In terms of sharing on the web, GBIF http://www.gbif.org might also  
> be worth looking at.  Each institution obviously wants to share  
> their own collection, but GBIF work to also allow all such  
> collections to be shared together as a single site, and queried  
> using GIS, etc.  They provide tools and protocols to allow you to  
> integrate your data with their servers.
>
>
> Dr. Jonathan Moore
> Senior Research Fellow in Bioinformatics
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> Coventry House
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>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: The archaeobotany mailing list on behalf of Aldona Mueller- 
> Bieniek
> Sent: Thu 5/21/2009 9:11 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: reference collection database
>
> Hi Andy,
> very good idea with that database. It surely needs a lot of boring
> work (keying in metrics and others). And passive/active use of that
> needs some clear rules to protect all the work from "parasites" and
> errors. You are right - some standarts are necessary (for example -
> only published materials/ some agreements). I'm sure there are people
> who are experienced in that subject.
> Best wishes
> Aldona
>
> 2009/5/21 Andrew Fairbairn <[log in to unmask]>:
> > Marco,
> >
> > We have been developing an online seed database which includes  
> metrics (L, B, T) and derived indices, plus multiple photos of key  
> specimens. We are staying with seeds to the moment and have included  
> the metrics/photos just to see how far we can go. Our idea is to  
> have an online database which we (or others) can add to and extend  
> it to other forms of fossils. The prototype is almost complete and  
> we have a programmer building an on-line version. To begin with we  
> used Access - it's a nasty program but was freely available - and  
> now have progressed to using a web platform.
> >
> > If the database is simple then filemaker may be OK. However to get  
> it online you need a programmer. One database that is up and running  
> in Australia is the Australasian Pollen and Spore Atlas (http://apsa.anu.edu.au/ 
> ).
> >
> > Maybe we should get like minded people to develop a working group  
> on this issue. The UQ seed atlas project is really being driven by  
> my student group, but we'd love to harmonise data structure etc with  
> others. I suspect that, as shown by the Netherlands seed atlas, web  
> access is the future, so perhaps the list members or IWGP should try  
> to agree some standards.
> >
> > Cheers
> > Andy
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > ----------------------------
> >
> > Dr Andrew Fairbairn
> > Lecturer in Archaeology,
> > School of Social Science,
> > Michie Building,
> > The University of Queensland
> > QLD 4072
> > Australia
> >
> > Tel: +61 (0)7 3365 2780
> > Fax: +61 (0)7 3365 1544
> >
> > Associate Editor Vegetation History and Archaeobotany
> > (http://www.springer.com/geosciences/journal/334)
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: The archaeobotany mailing list [mailto:[log in to unmask] 
> ] On Behalf Of Marco Madella
> > Sent: Wednesday, 20 May 2009 11:26 PM
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: reference collection database
> >
> > Dear List Members,
> >
> > I am in the process of setting up a database for the  
> archaeobotanical
> > reference collection of our Laboratory in Barcelona and I am trying
> > to understand the best way to sort it out. Any of you/your labs has
> > made a database with software such as Filemaker Pro? Is there
> > anything on line that can be visited to see a working database?
> > Because we deal with many different botanical remains (wood, leaves,
> > phytoliths, starch, etc.) I am thinking of a form that under the
> > botanical name of the species can group what parts we have in the
> > reference collection.
> >
> > I'd welcome any suggestion you might have, especially of databases
> > already up and working with which compare our ideas.
> >
> > Many thanks -- best wishes,
> > Marco
> >
> >
> > ___________________________________________________
> > Marco Madella, PhD (Cantab)
> > ICREA Research Professor in Environmental Archaeology
> > Director, Laboratory for Palaeoecology and Plant Palaeoeconomy
> >
> > Department of Archaeology and Anthropology
> > Institució Milą i Fontanals
> > Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)
> > C/Egipcķaques, 15
> > 08001 Barcelona (Spain)
> >
> > e-mail: [log in to unmask]
> > Tel: +34 - 934 423 489  (switchboard)
> > Fax: +34 - 934 430 071
> > skype: mmadella
> > http://www.phytolith.net (personal page)
> > http://www.icrea.cat
> > http://www.imf.csic.es
> >
>
>
>
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> dr Aldona Mueller-Bieniek
> Institute of Botany PAS
> Lubicz 46
> PL31-512 Kraków
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