Yet Another Online Database

To: "Paul Dodd" <>, "Carl Clifford" <>, "Birding-Aus Aus" <>
Subject: Yet Another Online Database
From: "Peter Shute" <>
Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2008 18:06:01 +1100
I agree, probably a better idea than yet another database competing for 
everyone's data.  However, in regions where there are already competing 
databases, how are they going to decide which one to link to?

Those that don't get linked should, if this site is popular, start losing 
potential data contributors.  And people looking for data will be done a 
disservice because there will be data hidden in databases they don't find out 

Better, perhaps, to link to them all until such time as some sort of 
unification of the data is sorted out.  Or perhaps the databases can carve up 
Australia and agree to cover particular states.

Peter (don't) Shute (the messenger)

-----Original Message-----
From:    on behalf of Paul Dodd
Sent:   Sun 27/01/2008 2:43 PM
To:     'Carl Clifford'; 'Birding-Aus Aus'
Subject:        Yet Another Online Database

Now that is a good idea!

Birdlife haven't actually created a new database they have provided a system
that allows you to connect to a database for the region that you are
interested in. For example, clicking on "North America" links to ebird.
Clicking on "United Kingdom" links to BirdTrack.

This may be the first tiny step towards having a standard for exchange of
electronic birding observations.

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