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Michigan Odonata Database on the Web


One of our goals has been to make the Michigan Odonata Surveydatabase available over the Internet. Nowthat we are over 23,000 records, the data should be quite usefulto natural heritage agencies and other Odonatists, as well asMOS participants. Since the MOS Database is kept in FileMakerPro 5.0, it only made sense to use Filemaker's built-in web serverfeatures to the data accessible via the web.

 

The web version differs from our master databseand data-entry templates in several ways. First, I only includedthe fields for family, genus, species, county, locality, date,collector, and MOS number. My reason for this is that the webusers need only that much information. The MOS number providesa way to ask for more data for a specific specimen if necessary.In another iteration of the web database, I'll include whetherthe specimen is an adult, larva or exuviae. For now, the web databaseallows searching and viewing the data in a table or form format.When I learn how to do some fancier HTML coding, I'll make theweb database look and act a lot more like the actual Filemakerdatabase views that we use.

I have also put up the Larval Odonata database, which is basedupon the specimens in our fluid collection, and has about 3800records as of January 2003. That database originally started in1996 as a means of curating our exuviae from the Kennedy and Williamsoncollections, and evolved into a database of all our Odonata specimensin alcohol. Most of the records databased thus far are from theGreat Lakes region. This database is also in Filemaker Pro, andeach vial is assigned a number by the database as a record isentered. I estimate that our current catalog is about one-thirdof the total number of vials of Odonata that we have, with muchof the remaining material coming from the SW and NW USA, somesoutheastern states, Mexico, Central America, and some from Africa.A lot of those specimens were collected by UMMZ Fish Divisionexpeditions, and undoubtedly represent a lot of new locality recordsfor many species. This database also contains a subset of thefields in the working database, and is available at the same URLas the MOS database.

Either one of these projects could not have succeeded withoutfinancial support from the UMMZ Insect Division's Ammermann fund,generosity of donors, volunteer efforts of MOS participants, andU.S. Forest Service Grant 23-98-21-RJVA.

If the data is used in any studies or publications, pleaseacknowledge the proper source of the MOS data as: Data providedby the Michigan Odonata Survey at the University of Michigan Museumof Zoology.

If you do use the data from either database, please let me know 


last updated 02/23/2005 by Mark O'Brien