|Simplified data flow chart (revised 02 December 2016)|
Thursday, 1 December 2016
Where do recording schemes fit into the Biological Recording map?
Over the last couple of weeks various posts on the NFBR Facebook page have got me thinking about the way biological recording is going and whether this really fits with the roles of recording schemes. Where do the schemes fit in today's developing system? I put together a simplified flow diagram to try to tease out this issue (figure 1). In this structure, recording schemes start to look a bit misplaced - there are at least two other ways of doing at least some of what the schemes are doing: the automated system of iRecord and the LERCs, which I have classed as data compilers. The very disparate nature of recording schemes means that whilst some such as the HRS might be regarded as data compilers, others are simple data gathering exercises that still rely one another body to put their work into the public domain.
As a follow-up, I have tried to look in detail at what the Hoverfly Recording Scheme does and how this fits into the data flow model? (Figure 2). What struck me about this analysis is the sheer volume of activities that are involved in running a recording scheme!