I was thinking more along the lines of how birders will get access to it. We
already have the Birdline system which, for all its faults, isn't that bad most
of the time.
Are you intending to add it to that system, or have an alternative one?
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From: Simon Mustoe
To: Peter Shute; ;
Sent: Mon Jul 26 20:32:27 2010
Subject: RE: [Birding-Aus] Birding-Aus RARITIES PHONE NUMBER
I guess the answer is, it can go anywhere it needs to. Firstly, we are talking
about rarity information rather than biodiversity data. So first of all, it
would be transposed into Birdo Online with all the relevant information about
location, who found it, images etc. Secondly, it would end up being reviewed
and disseminated into Wingspan in the quarterly 'rarity roundup'. Thirdly, it
would end up being captured and used by BARC. I suspect I have missed a number
of other possibilities.
If the question is about the data in terms of conservation, I will never have
any interest in hoarding data. All the data that is gathered is stored
electronically and can be made available as XML to anyone who wants it. Setting
up an automated feed is easy. Given that the data isn't going anywhere, I am
not in a hurry to dip my hands into my pockets and spend another $3000 getting
the feeds developed. And yes, this is the sort of money it costs. However, if
at any point, there is enough value for me ... either someone pays for it, or
we get to expand, then I'd make it available in a jiffy.
Hope that answers the question.
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