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PalCol - Structure extension

PaleoTax cannot be used to administrate a fossil collection. It is possible to record specimens (e.g. types) with a collection and a number, but a classical administration (with depository, loan etc.) is presently not possible.

PalCol is a structure extension of PaleoTax which offers all the functionality of PaleoTax, but also the structures and programs to administrate a collection.

In the first design study, the PalCol structure is used exclusively, so all elements of PaleoTax which are not needed, are hidden. Futurely it will be possible to use both at the same time (that can be the case when instead of citations exclusively samples are used).
To realise all this, additional tables will be installed and existing tables will be extended. The structure is similar to that published in 1994 (or so). So a data migration from PalCol 1.x data will be possible.

The application PalCol (Administration of Palaeontologic Collections) has since April 2004 a listserver: colleagues who are interested should register. Information will be regularly distributed using this channel (in both German and English).
Messages (German or English) sent by registered users to the address will be distributed to all members.


To be able to manage a collection using PaleoTax, version 2.2 must be installed since the application concept will change with this version (there are more applications, as for instance a database of geological sections). But it is the structure which determines the work of the program. The program is stupid, it does not know whether it administrates a fossil collection or your wifes shoe museum.

We will present here some tables and forms step by step. The structure will probably ("officially") released in August 2005 with PaleoTax 2.2. A preliminary ß-version will be made available soon. The structure is already in use, but is still a construction site.
Of course it will be possible to put out once recorded data, as usual as RTF files using style sheets. There exist already a certain range of labels and lists.
Data can be exported to HTML (as in PaleoTax).

The program and the structure will be available for free. There is a manual under preparation, in the moment only in German.


Form of "Samples"


The really new is the new place of the taxonomy; a specimen can have more than only one taxon (that may be the case in glacial drift material).
Locality and stratigraphy have changed as well. The stratigraphy is now connected to the locality. This may be unusual to collectors of glacial drift material (as in D, DK, or NL); so one could think about to add a field age (below the glacial drift type?). The type of the glacial drift rock type is probably not enough since it may happen that a collector find a unknown rock type which can be dated using belemnites or even ammonites. So, in this point, we would like to wait a little bit for the user reply.
Structural changes are no problem (users of PaleoTax know that): structure and program are two different things and have nothing to do with each other.
New may be also to PalCol 1.x users, that literature, documents, graphs etc can be added to localities, species, specimens.


Form of "Taxonomy"


That is closer to PalCol 1.x - the functionality has not changed as well. Select a family and the system will complete order, class and phylum. Or go from the top to the bottom: select a phylum and only classes of this phylum will be offered when selecting the class. New is, that a determination allows also different opinions (under construction...).

The design no is finished, first comes the functionality, second the design.
Proposal are welcome. Collector who will try out the program and structure before its official release are welcome.


© Hannes Löser, Hermosillo, Sonora, México.
Updated : 01-13-2016.