To: "Peter Shute" <>, <>, <>
Subject: Birdstack
From: "Peter Shute" <>
Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2008 17:19:05 +1100
 wrote on Monday, 21 January 2008 1:57

> I haven't looked at it, but do we need more of these?  Does
> it do anything the other online databases don't do?

Now that I've had a little look at it, it does look a little more modern
than "ours".  It seems to integrate Google maps, and allows you to
determine whether your data is public or private and to "publish" your
sightings to RSS feeds.

On the other hand, the database uses IOC's world bird list.  I'm not
familiar enough with taxonomies to know if that's going to cause
problems for Australian birders.

Some other questions:
- Given that there are several other online databases around, what
prompted these people to create another?  Did they not know about the
others?  Did they think the others weren't good enough?
- Why are they doing it for free?  Will there be requests for money down
the track?  Will they run out of money and close?
- How secure is the data?

Peter Shute

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