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Dave Smith Petrology Collections Manager NA EMu Users Meeting, 21-22 nd October 2008 Can EMu be used as a tool for pest management?

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2 Dave Smith Petrology Collections Manager NA EMu Users Meeting, nd October 2008 Can EMu be used as a tool for pest management?

3 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

4 Monitoring Sticky pest traps Pheromone traps Fortnightly – monthly Database Analysis Reporting

5 Total insects caught during summer 2003 Adult BeetleBeetle larvaIndicatorMothnon-pest 10/04/ /04/ /05/ /05/ /06/ /06/ /07/ /07/ /07/ /08/ /08/ Grand Total

6 Total insects caught during summer 2003

7 Total beetles caught during summer 2003

8 Guernsey carpet beetle Anthrenus sarnicus

9 Total carpet beetle caught during summer 2003

10 Comparison of data year on year Comparison of numbers –Comparable Comparison of patterns –Similar –Peak offset by ~2 weeks

11 Distribution of carpet beetle by trap in 2003

12 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….

13 The Object Locator

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16 Query display Query the familiar EMu interface Show traps where –between 1 st April & 31 st August 2003 –Name = Guernsey Carpet Beetle –Lifestage = larva –Total in any trap >= 2

17 Query display

18 3 Results

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22 View details Summary DataIRNXYZ B56; Anthrenus sarnicus; Adult Beetle; 4; 19/06/ B56; Anthrenus sarnicus; Adult Beetle; 2; 17/07/ B43: Anthrenus sarnicus; Adult Beetle; 2; 17/07/ B62: Anthrenus sarnicus; Adult Beetle; 3; 03/07/ B62: Anthrenus sarnicus; Adult Beetle; 3; 31/07/ traps selected 5 records found List –Summary data –Record IRN – X-Y-Z Hyperlink to details

23 How does it work? Bitmap of museum plans Define X-Y-Z grid system for building

24 How does it work? X Y Z

25 Bitmap of museum plans Define X-Y-Z grid system for building Each trap has a unique X-Y-Z co-ordinate Each trap is given a Location record into which this X-Y-Z co-ordinate is recorded

26 Pest Trap Location – in the building

27 Pest Trap Location – on the Object Locator

28 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

29 Possible Pest Event Tab 3

30 Temporal Trends

31 Combining Dimensional data Visualisation Temporal data Spatial data

32 Spatial comparison of Anthrenus

33 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.

34 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

35 Environmental monitoring data

36 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

37 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…?

38 Questions?

39 Wishful Thinking….

40 Temperature - humidity modelling Sensor Trap with Anthrenus Beetle >= 2

41 Total insects caught during summer 2003


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