Don wrote:A second key point, those included in Bob's NTS-VA Tech DB Participants might want to assemble the trip reports that had a more or less direct association with actual trees in the Database, and perhaps even refine them "for prime time". We're (Bob, I, John Peters) adding one more field...[herald of trumpets] for hyper-texted NTS Trip Reports.
I think that the NTS Trip Reports will be an incredibly valuable addition, and hope that we can put together a couple of dozen representative examples of what we have to offer, in the short term...and over the next month have many more located, refined, and submitted to the NTS/VA Tech DB. Initially there might be a learning curve, getting them into HTML format, but Bob and I will do all we can to smooth that out!
Entry requirements? We're putting them in a "relational database", and the Trip Reports should "relate" to DB trees, by virtue of their close proximity to:
1)DB tree's lat/long coordinates, and/or
2)Site, or sub-site naming. For example, if you measured a tree in Hearts' Content, and completed a "Hearts' Content" Trip Report of the area while you were there, then that narrative would be incredibly enriching of the data. It's my understanding that because we're hypertexting the Trip Report, not only would the narrative be accessible, so would the photos and graphics you included.
This is soooo cool!
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