The VA Tech-NTS Database is very nearly ready - at least in its first incarnation. We'll submit the names and email addresses of those of you who are interested in using the database to John Peterson by the weekend. Each member will get a user name and password and then can enter data one record at a time. To insure standardization, batch entry through Excel hould come through Don or me initially. Just send either of us the spreadsheet you want imported and we'll check its format before sending it on to John Peterson. We'll provide the standard format by posting a template worksheet to be used for importing. However, if you already have a lot of data in a spreadsheet, I'll convert it to the standard format for you if you wish.
Since VA Tech is offering us this service gratis, and John Peterson has many other responsibilities that take his time, keeping the workload on him to a minimum is necessary. In particular,we want to avoid adding lots of database maintenance and reporting options that require tedious programming. Everyone will have add and edit privileges, but deletions will be performed by Don or me initially. Tables will be field selectable and sortable by column. Members will be able to export records to Excel. Once a dataset is downloaded, we'll be available to help people with formatting and reporting options through Excel.
The public will have limited access in terms of the fields they see. However, we must bear in mind that this database is also a service from us and VA Tech to the general public. For anyone who has looked at the VA tech Dendrology website, they'll see a well organized body of information on species identification. Don first introduced me to the VA Tech website back in 2013, I think. He made use of it in his Alaska Champion Tree website.
Presently, the following list shows those of you who have expressed an interest in contributing to the VA Tech-NTS database. I expect there are more. But if you are not on the list, you cannot add records.
NTS-VA Tech DB Participants
Robert T. Leverett
Co-founder and Executive Director
Native Native Tree Society
Co-founder and President
Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest