[Tdwg-obs] Tdwg-obs Digest, Vol 2, Issue 5
cooperj at landcareresearch.co.nz
Sun Nov 20 20:32:19 CET 2005
I support Bob's definition below.
>>> "Robert K. Peet" <peet at unc.edu> 11/21/05 6:38 AM >>>
Try the folllowing revision, which is in part an exercise to see whether I
understand your definition.
"An observation characterizes the occurrence of an organism or set of
organisms through a data collection event using a defined protocol at a
defined spatiotemporal location. Individual observations are not
necessarily independent entities and potentially can be linked through
common characteristics such as time, place, protocol, and individual
> Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2005 11:01:11 -0500
> From: Steve Kelling <stk2 at cornell.edu>
> I suggest that we go with the definition of an observation as:
> An observation characterizes the occurrence of an organism (or a community
> of organisms) through a collection event using a defined protocol and
> spatiotemporal location. Individual observations are non-independent
> entities that can be linked to each other through their common characteristics.
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