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Re[2]: index AFJ

Hello Wim,

  I would be willing to help out with such a project.  I would also be
  willing to bet that the fern society would make copies of those
  journals available for such a project, although I can not speak for
  the society.  Keep in touch about this idea.

Best regards,

"We should realize that the game is crooked, 
but also that it is the only game in town."
- Cronquist on phylogenetic reconstruction, 1988

Mike Barker                     
Dept. of Botany         ph. 513-461-1260
Miami University        fx. 513-529-4243
Oxford, OH 45056        barkerms@muohio.edu

website: http://www.users.muohio.edu/byrumsf/hickey/mike.htm

Thursday, July 10, 2003, 4:04:45 AM, you wrote:

WWd> Mike,

WWd> 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
WWd> ascii, and the ascii to a database. This largely depends on how the OCR-software deals with the type-face used. 

WWd> 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
WWd> won't take much more than two hours each. The conversion into a database will be my job, then.   

WWd> 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.

WWd> 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
WWd> integrate the resulting index on the website.

WWd> regards, 

WWd> Wim de Winter

WWd> Wageningen Software Labs
WWd> Postbus 47 - 6700 AA Wageningen - Netherlands
WWd> visiting: Bornsesteeg 47 gebouw 116, Wageningen
WWd> tel. +31 (0) 317 474233
WWd> fax: +31 (0) 317 419000
WWd> <http://www.wisl.nl/>

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

WWd> Hello Wim,

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

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