Dave Smith Petrology Collections Manager NA EMu Users Meeting, 21-22 nd October 2008 Can EMu be used as a tool for pest management?
What is Pest Management? Standards of Collections Care –Implementation of protocols and procedure Programme of monitoring Reaction to situations Proactive action Applicable to all collections consisting of soft furnishings, natural fibres, and animal pelts & skeletons Universally applicable Prevent Pest damage to collections
What if……. …we could plot this data on the plans of the Museum? …we could query the data and see the results displayed on the plans? …we could display data for the same time period, but from different years to analyse for seasonal patterns? WE CAN….
What development is required? A new Pest Event Module. 1or 2 new tabs. Minimum data fields (as defined by MuseumPests.net) –Trap Number –Type of trap –Location –Date checked –Species –Life stage –Count
Phase 2 More to pest management than pest trapping Monitoring of collection store environments (T/h) –Association of certain species with environmental conditions –Room (ambient) cupboard/drawer container –Relocate specimens according to suitability to the environment The ‘i’ in IPM means “Integrated” Phase 2 is to integrate environmental data.
Environmental monitoring data Loggers around the museum show us temperature and humidity readings which may indicate where insects could become a problem or are already a problem but we can’t see it yet! Humidity (blue) Temperature (red) Threshold Statistics
Conclusion Pest Management is universal Visualisation is a powerful tool –Monitoring –Communication Can EMu be used as a pest management tool? YES! Object Locator provides platform for spatial visualisation
Conclusion NHM has initiated discussion with KE Software to assess how much of GIS functionality can be mimicked in EMu. –Proportional symbology –Ability to observe temporal data on the plans –Seamless link to environmental data sources The universal applicability of this functionality means that it should be developed by the EMu community for themselves. So who’s in…?