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  • Relational database: linking fields, many to one relationships.
  • Longino ecn 2012

    1. 1. John T. Longino Department of Biology The University of Utah Keep the cash flowing: specimens as currency
    2. 2. The Goal: To have the most objects before you die To learn about the world by examining objects To acquire disparate kinds of data from objects and keep them linked
    3. 3. The Good Old Days:
    4. 4. Pros: science got done Cons: I had to capture data; no easy way to attach data to individual specimens; writing lots of little determination labels The Good Old Days:
    5. 5. The Problems: Need for unique identifiers
    6. 6. JTL INBio sp3 JTLMCZ 2007 ident deposited det by det date sp1 JTLJTL 2001 MCZ sp4 SCMCZ 2009 AntWeb BOLD
    7. 7. The Problems: Conflation of unique identifiers and ownership labels
    8. 8. The Problems: Separation of research and artifact preservation functions in big museums Mound, L. A. 2012. The Natural History Museum re-visited. Antenna 36:195-200. "Caring for the physical well-being of collections is ... increasingly an end in itself, and commonly determines its own priorities. Moreover, these priorities quickly become separated from priorities for the creation of ideas and knowledge for which collections have been amassed."
    9. 9. The Solutions: Treat unique identifiers like insect pins
    10. 10. The Solutions: Use existing specimen identifiers
    11. 11. Insuring uniqueness? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Globally_unique_identifier MUEUI: Unique in the Entomological Universe Identifier Institution blind unique identifiers?
    12. 12. The Solutions: Use the specimen identifiers
    13. 13. The Solutions: Outsource data capture to borrowers
    14. 14. http://www.si.edu/Collections http://entomology.si.edu Are insects a special case?
    15. 15. http://www.gadling.com/2010/03/26/airlines-losing-3000-bags-every-hour-of-every-day
    16. 16. I would rather excel in the knowledge of what is excellent, than in the extent of my power and possessions.

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