Missouri Speleological Survey
Files Report for May and June 2004
A busy MVOR and a busy MSS meeting provided lots of material
from lots of people, some of whom I am about to overlook. So much material has
come in that I got way behind (again!) but am now getting caught up. I finally
entered new caves in
Tom Panion turned in a whole pile of cave locations, mostly
Wade Baker sent a GPS location for Jones Pit in
Information came via the web for a cave in
Ben Miller turned in three new caves on the Lampe and
Andy Free turned in several locations from
Michael Carter sent in a pile of new reports, plus location improvements, plus other information, etc., etc. Michael is doing a good job helping others get locations turned in and refining our information. It will take me a while to get everything in to the database, greatly helped by the fact that all the new reports are already in the database format. And remember, contact Michael for cave leads in your area. firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael also found a duplication in the files, so we lost one too. But that’s OK – bad data is absolutely useless…
Jon Beard sent text on the Stinson (Wilson) Cave area from an old Ozark Caver (the magazine not one of us). This will be reprinted as a Missouri Speleology (one of the missing years from the 90’s). There is a lot of great material in these old journals, which most people haven’t had access to. More on that later, but in the meantime, the text from Jon’s retyping will get pasted directly into the cave files. Grotto newsletter editors, PLEASE, send text versions of articles to me: they will be quickly cut and pasted into the files. We already have huge amounts of data, mostly in descriptive form, out there in old newsletters and guidebooks – much, if not most, of which never made its way into the files.
James Corsentino sent in a big pile of GPS locations from various counties, including Christian and Pulaski.
An interested non-caver (well, okay, my mother) sent a book
on Big Creek in
I spent a lot of time cutting and pasting material from old databases and word processor files, including changes sent at various times via email.
A pile of new maps have lately been processed. I don’t actually do this processing but there’s quite a pile so I thought it best to give credit, even if it is belated:
-White Oak Onyx Cave, Barry County, by House, Doug Baker, Dawn Cardace, and Jason Kolbe, CRF
-Random Act of Karst Pit,
I may have mentioned some of these before but better to be repetitious than overlook someone. And I believe every one of these maps was drafted on a computer.
Which brings us to… how are you archiving your data? Now that maps are drawn on computer, are you archiving your original files? Sure we send a jpeg in to the DNR files, but are you also sending one to the MSS? And are you making a copy of your native survey files (Walls, Compass, whatever) and archiving that? And what about your native drawing files, like a .ai file for Illustrator? We have to be sure to archive those as well. The MSS can help; contact Joel Laws and find out how. Remember, hard drives crashing are not the only problem; there’s also theft, fire, etc. that can take away your original work.
Steve Taylor, working with Kirsten Alvey, has sent more
locations in. These folks are doing a great job. This time, Steve sent
Steve and Kirsten, along with Andy, Ben, Michael, Leonard Butts, Dan Lamping, and others worked hard the morning of the MSS meeting – searching through files, correcting, locating, and examining cave data. This is something we really need to do more of. Lots of material was submitted or fixed.
Lastly, a caver from BATL gave me a location on National
Forest land in