The mapping program BIOKART
programmed from Stefan Wehr
BIOKART (biological mapping, in german: Kartierungen)
translated with help from "Alta Vista"
BIOKART is a program, which makes it for the active
nature observer possible to process and meaningfully evaluate its
accumulated data! The origins developed at about 1987,
when the data abundance of the mapping became gradually
indeterminable. Our association has a ATARI ST-1040 and
the original mapping program I developed with OMIKRON basic, which
proved its efficiency then on the FALCON-030. It was a
living program, new ideas was again and again carried out.
Particularly other friends want to get this program on a PC to give it
a larger number of interest. At the end of 1994 could it be
presented for the first time on the PC! The programming
language was Quickbasic, version 4.5.
BIOKART solves the great problem of the exact position
determination, since the position of the observation with the mouse is
clicked directly in in-scanned maps. There the hitting a corner
coordinates of each map in Gauss Krueger coordinates (GKK) on the
meter to be determined exactly, the conversion is in reverse possible
on the pixels of the screen. The exact position in GKK
permits then the representation of the observations in other maps with
Our observers have increased cutouts of measuring table sheets
in DIN-A4 format with itself, into which they register the
observations. The clerical work facilitates a list of the most
frequent birds, each bird has a number, which is registered in the
place of the observation into the map. For example the nightingale has
the number 53, a circle therefore is called singing, district-indicating,
53-2x means 2 ex., 53-1P (1 pair), 53-1,1+3 (pair with 3 juv.) etc.
In this short form all birds of a
excursion can be registered into a map and be passed on provided with
the date for registering. I prefer another simpler method:
on the way I speak the observations with exact position on
a dictating machine and register it at home into the maps and
afterwards into the computer. Per year we got in the best years
(1995-98) 7.000 to 10.000 observations, up to now we registered with
BIOKART over 60.000 bird observations.
Only for Frankfurt area we have merged approx 200 maps in
BIOKART. The visible field of the entry maps is in the
landscape format about 2-3 km width. In a general map one can
evaluate the entries in the diagram or text file (by colored points)
after year, month, day, status, kind, observer, remarks, area and still more.
All GKK of the topography maps (TK) of Hessen (federal state of Germany)
are entered into the computer, so that with the position also the TK quarter
is stored. After representation with colored points depending upon
representation scales a quarter TK grid and afterwards still
another 100x100m grid or a 1000x1000m grid depending upon map size
over the map put with circle depending upon number.
Since some birds in the same area are mapped more frequently,
the possibility exists of evaluating to DISTRICTS.
There are several auxiliary files, when entering only the bird
number, german and scientific name will come from the
program or one writes the beginning of the bird name
and gets a list of some birds and selects themselves the
correct birdname. Kinds are held in specially files, learning areas and
observers, if new are added.
Per observation are registered: Observer, area, date, eventually
second date, time, weather, german and scientific name,
number, status, stage, GKK width, GKK high, TK sheet, TK
quarter, text (to 250 letters length), eventually flight
direction, eventually landing point, blurred (depends on the size of the used map).
BIOKART is not only for birds suitably, also bats, insects,
plants, altogether nearly 20 kind lists in german and scientific names
are free of charge. There is an IMPORT, in order to train foreign data in
ASCII format into the fields of Biokart, exactly the same as an
EXPORT, which permits it to spend only few fields if one did not like
to pass on e.g. the exact location of a nest. DBASE data can be
imported in BIOKART, an export for other programs, e.g. EXCEL is
likewise possible, in order to keep the data compatible to other data
collections. There is still many further characteristics
present, which cannot be described here all.
Because it is a DOS program and runs under Windows only in a window,
it is unfortunately no longer on the current conditions.
Perhaps I am added times to update it.
Subsequently some examples, what one can evaluate with BIOKART:
|City Frankfurt/Main: Nightingale 1990-2000
||City Frankfurt/Main: Nightingale 1995
|Nightingale 1995: Number in topography quarterly maps
||Nightingale 1995: Number in the 1000x1000m grids
|Nightingale 1995: 3 month diagram
||Cranes 1990-1999: Yearly diagram
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