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RE: index AFJ

  • Subject: RE: [ferns] index AFJ
  • From: "Winter, Wim de" Wim.dewinter@wisl.nl
  • Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2003 10:04:45 +0200
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  • Thread-topic: Re[2]: [ferns] index AFJ


Yes, I feel the desire to build such an index, but the answer is not defenitely affirmative yet. I will start out with a pilot to determine how easily the printed index can be converted to ascii, and the ascii to a database. This largely depends on how the OCR-software deals with the type-face used. 

The most work will probably be the manual correction of the ascii representation of a volume's index. The scanning and correcting could be easily divided over volunteers. Everyone one volume won't take much more than two hours each. The conversion into a database will be my job, then.	

John Scott reports about a literature database of his, at least partly based on the AFJ. With a bit of luck, we could use this as a start. I will contact John about this.

As to help of the AFS, I do hardly foresee any cost in such a project. I do not, however, have access to all volumes, only from 1949 on with a few missing. Also, the AFS should be willing to integrate the resulting index on the website.


Wim de Winter

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-----Original Message-----
From: Mike Barker [mailto:barkerms@muohio.edu]
Sent: Wednesday, July 09, 2003 20:02 
To: ferns@hort.net
Subject: Re[2]: [ferns] index AFJ

Hello Wim,

  Are you interested in building an electronic index to AFJ yourself
  then?  If this is the case, then maybe you could seek formal support
  for the project (probably not monetary, but volunteer power) from
  the American Fern Society.  If you could divide the labor up among
  other members it would probably be a lot faster.  I would be
  interested in helping with such a project.

Best regards,

Wednesday, July 9, 2003, 12:13:08 PM, you wrote:

WWd> I do not have access to the BioOne database. BA and CC should be available, but the technology let me down today, so that should be checked later.

WWd> Meanwhile, I will try to OCR a year's index to see how much time that would take. Possibly, with a few people's help the pre-digital volumes can be done quickly.

WWd> -----Original Message-----
WWd> From: Mike Barker [mailto:barkerms@muohio.edu]
WWd> Sent: Wednesday, July 09, 2003 06:34 
WWd> To: ferns@hort.net
WWd> Subject: Re: [ferns] index AFJ

WWd> I do not know of an electronic or hardcopy index to AFJ that includes
WWd> its complete history.  Volumes 91 forward are now available
WWd> electronically through BioOne.  Electronic searches of the American
WWd> Fern Journal are also available back to 1980 on Biological Abstracts.
WWd> Beyond 1980 you have to use the indices included in the final issue
WWd> for each volume, or at least that is how I do it.  You can also search
WWd> through Current Contents to find articles in the fern journal as well.
WWd> If anybody knows of any other indices available for the fern journal,
WWd> I would also be interested.

WWd> --
WWd> Best regards,
WWd> Mike Barker

WWd> Monday, July 7, 2003, 5:56:45 AM, you wrote:

WWd>> Does anyone know whether an index - preferably electronic - exists to the past volumes of the American Fern Journal?

WWd>> Wim0 de Winter

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