Words of Praise from This User
Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona recently installed BG-Map
and began the task of computerizing plant location data,
which had been painstakingly recorded on a series of hand drawn bed maps.
A cordless digitizing tablet is being used to speed the process of transferring plant locations from approximately 75 paper maps. Each map is taped onto the tablet. The coordinates of 2 or 3 known reference points are entered. This aligns the paper map with the coordinate system of the AutoCAD basemap. Each plant can then be entered into BG-Map by simply clicking it's location on the paper map.
During the process of transferring the plant locations to BG-Map, any discrepencies between the paper maps and the BG-BASE plant records are revealed and can be corrected - for example, plants that are mislabeled, or entered with incorrect accession numbers or names.
Curator Tracy Omar expects to complete the task of transferring 10,000 plant locations in about 5 months.
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Updated February 22, 1999
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