Gunn at Otago.ac.nz
Mon Nov 13 18:42:31 EST 1995
Soon we'll be sending a notice this way about a new
software system that utilises Biological Classification.
Called the SKI-System, it creates taxonomic checklists as
the basis for Biodiversity recording.
SKIS consists of a free and fully functional checklisting
program, on-line and printable documentation and 4 start-up
input NAMes files (look-up files). These cover all
Families of Mammals and Plants and all species of Seabirds
(chosen because most people know enough of them by name to
test run a checklist).
An additional set of input data files, also free, contains
a full range of Families for all six Kingdoms. So all
named species can be checklisted with menu support to
Family level for the 4-tier classification. Then comes the
important bit - the unique information you add to each
record - where, when, why, etc.
What's not free is the high-level version suitable for
project management. This can import large foreign
taxonomic files and update SKI-files, currently with Family
level control of classification.
SKIS aims to make taxonomic problems a thing of the past
for anyone whose interest is just to 'use' taxonomy as a
means to other ends - eg, people working in conservation
and ecology. We think that SKIS has some revolutionary new
ways of making life easier for anyone using taxonomic
As for group specialists - we know you thrive on the
problems. Not to worry, SKIS only bypasses problems for
those whose interests lie elsewhere so as to let data
recording and data management proceed unhindered. When
problems are solved and classifications are changed, SKIS
can update its taxonomic files.
SKIS is about efficient recording, data management and
communicating information. See it as communicating your
results - an efficient means of making taxonomy accessible.
Eg, users/project managers in conservation, ecology and
education will make decisions about adopting or setting
taxonomic standards - covering the full biodiversity
SKIS is simple to run, but beneath the simplicity is enough
flexibility and sophistication to help you record and
manage things your way.
Watch this space.
Stan Woods, Derek Gunn
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