To update this thread, the link that Rob gave above has changed and is now http://www.esdm.co.uk/cgi-bin/snitz/top … TOPIC_ID=9.
To keep you up to date on Recorder - CMS links, the annual maintenance release of CMS7 that will come out at the end of September will feature a simple biological recording option. The idea behind this is that site managers are a very important source of biological records but they often do not have access to Recorder or MapMate as that is a small area of their work. By allowing them to record basic observations tagged to their management plans, CMS will act as a collation tool from which exports will package the records into a spreadsheet that can then be sent to their LRC or to their organisational data unit who have full Recorder or MapMate.
CMS will thus only hold the basic core of a record (Site - Species - Date - GridRef - Recorder - Additional Location descriptor - Abundance - Comment). The Recorder Taxon table can be held in CMS allowing species selection by the usual five letter code.
CMS will never become a biological recording database - here we are creating a collation tool within an existing programme for site managers to feed into a biological recording system as our assessment is that too many important records are remaining in note books and heads.