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database standards publication

Robert J. Robbins rrobbins at NSF.GOV
Mon Jul 1 12:06:23 EST 1991

Attached is a message, posted on another mailing list, about a new
document giving the results of extensive thinking about how to build
appropriate databases for a particular biological field.  Although
some of the details are specific to the problems of specimen
management in a museum collections environment, much of the work is
applicable to wide-ranging areas in biology.  

Workshop proceedings can be thin, but this document only started
with the workshop.  Considerable original effort went into the
follow-up thinking and writing.  


Robert J. Robbins
Program Director, Database Activities            Phone: (202) 357-9880
Biological, Behavioral, and Social Sciences      FAX:   (202) 357-7745
National Science Foundation
1880 G Street, Room 312                     InterNet: rrobbins at nsf.gov
Washington, DC  20550                         BitNet: rrobbins at nsf


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Date:         Mon, 1 Jul 91 09:40:00 PDT
Subject:      standards and guidelines
To:           "Robert J. Robbins" <RROBBINS at nsf.gov>

Guidelines and Standards for Fossil Vertebrate Databases, Results of
the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Workshop on Computerization, 
November 1-4, 1989, Austin, TX; edited by Stanley D. Blum (workshop
coordinator), 1991, vi+129pp.

This document will be of interest to other than VP collections
managers.  Many of the chapters discuss computerization issues
important in all types of collections. 

According to the document, copies may be obtained from 

Dr. Michael Novacek
Dept of Vertebrate Paleontology
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024

Novacek was the P.I., and chair of the SVP Computerizaton Committee, 1989.

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