Topic: Export from Recorder3 to MapMate
Well having accepted the demise of Recorder 3 in the records centre we had to make recommendations to those we support for a replacement. MapMate seems to fit the bill. I have the responsibility for conversion of the data. The problem seems to be that there is no account here or on the NBN of anyone doing this. From my dabbling so far I have come up with some queries not least so there is consistency across LRC's.
Any help on the following would be good;
Vague Dates: For most there is no problem as Summer 1991 can be translated into a start and end date. Likewise if you have 1991- it must have been between then and the date of entry. The problem I have is what to do with -1991. I have to assume at the moment that 1/1/1991 - 31/12/1991 is the way to record it but adding to the comment the original date.
What would you do bearing in mind that there are a few hundred thousand records to translate?
Abundance: In MapMate the convention is to use the abundance of '0' or !n to indicate that it was present without a record of the number. In Recorder 0 has been used to indicate absence of species. I have many records of absence and wondered what convention others have adopted. As far as I can see it is possible to record -1 in MapMate. Although the first line in the help for Quantity says this '
Data Manager, Somerset Environmental Records Centre (SERC)