Electronic Atlas submissions

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Subject: Electronic Atlas submissions
From: Lawrie Conole <>
Date: Mon, 04 Dec 2000 18:54:04 +1100
An interesting thread about why people do not contribute their
observations to the Atlas ....

If I had to fill out those voluminous 'tatslotto' forms for all my
trips, I might be a bit tardy as well.  I record all my observations in
a database (commercially available - called BirdInfo) which has a
pre-formatted export-to-atlas capacity built in.  What this means for me
is that all my observations are available now and forever for me to
fiddle around with, retrieve quickly, etc., with the added bonus that I
can dump a whole lot of surveys to the Atlas by e-mail every so often
with no extra work.  I find getting the data into the database is
quicker than using the paper forms, and particularly so for previously
visited sites (the location data is already in there).

If time is a consideration, then give something like BirdInfo a go.  I
can't speak for the BA provided Atlas software as I haven't used it, but
I do know that it doesn't facilitate ongoing data manipulation/retrieval
by contributors - it's just an electronic form.


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