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Recording pest checks for collection items rather then traps.

Recording pest checks for collection items rather then traps.

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I've looked at the Pest Trapping modules, and think they are great and hope to see that implemented at the NGA in the future.

But I'm wondering if any other institutions are using EMu to record the checking of pest infestation against collection items rather than traps. And if so, where/how?

Mark

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Re: Recording pest checks for collection items rather then traps.

Mark, I’ve been meaning to respond to your thread – and also in response to some discussions that were had at the NA EMu Users Conference last October.
[BTW. I’m pleased you think the pest modules will be of use to you.]

The question about recording ‘one-off’ infestations or serendipitous observations of insects in and around the collections has been raised a few times at the Natural History Museum.  The data would be invaluable in perhaps identifying population growths in specific areas which maybe a precursor to, or indicator of, a major infestation nearby.  As I see it we, at the NHM, have 2 options.

1. The design and development of our Condition Reports module back in 2006-7 included a record type called ‘Pest Report’.[Note that the timeframe for development of this overlapped with the global redevelopment of the conservation module, which the NHM preferred not to adopt].  If I remember correctly, the ‘Pest Report’ was included by the newly formed IPM Committee to allow the recording of insect pest occurrences in association with either a location (or locations), AND/OR specific specimens.  So a curator performing a collections audit or just opening a drawer to access a specimen might notice some frass or larvae skins in the drawer.  They are able to record the fact that ‘frass’ was discovered on ‘such-n-such’ a day in drawer location X by Jo Bloggs. If samples in that drawer have been damaged then a statement about the type of damage and severity can be documented – those object records then also being attached to the pest report.  The pest report is flexible to deal with a broad scale of instances - from single specimens in the gallery to an infestation in several cabinets in the collection.
By way of an example, please see the attached document.

2. The second option would involve the whole EMu community.  As this is a ‘global’ issue it would make sense to develop something that suites all clients.  For pest infestations, the NHM would like to make use of the mapping facility that comes with the Pest Trapping Modules - which they currently cannot do with the current set up of using Condition Reports.  We envisage being able to run the IPM mapper report to visualise the spatial context of these serendipitous observations and discovered infestations through planned collection audits. Comparing maps with those of the regular trapping may allow us to be even more proactive in preventing damage to the collections.

Clearly pest trapping data will need to be dealt with and viewed differently to ‘infestation reports’. One is a regular recording of data at specified and fixed locations, the other has no regularity to either the time frame or locations.  So I would envisage a second record type as part of the Pest Event Module.  How this second report type might look is up for discussion and so if there is enough interest in pursuing this as an idea, perhaps I could start up a new thread where we list our requirements and begin to shape a development request on behalf of the EMu community. 


Would this be of interest??



Pest-Report-Type-of-Natural-History-Museum.docx

Edited by: Gerard Wood (Axiell Melbourne) - 17-Sep-14 07:54:18

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Hi Mark

I see this is an old post, but thought I'd follow up from David's reply to you just recently...

We use the Conservation Module for this type of stuff. It covers condition checking, testing/sampling, Pests, Treatments Applied, etc. etc.

We also use the Incident Tab in the Catalogue (which I believe is standard), where we record things that happen to objects, such as visitors scratching them, or weather damage, etc. etc...

-KB at the Powerhouse

Edited by: Karen Biddle - 01-Aug-13 11:23:13

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Re: Recording pest checks for collection items rather then traps.

Hi All,

With the Global Users Meeting looming, and having been contacted by the NMNH- Smithsonian to work with the NHM in developing the Trap Event Module, I was wondering if there might be any other institutions who are attending the conference that would like to join an informal break-out session to take this forward?
If you, your conservators, or your institution would like to see the capability to record pest sightings and pest infestations in EMu and be able to visualise their temporal and spatial occurrence on plans of the museum, please let me know.

Thanks

Dave

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Hi Dave,

I would like to be part of this discussion if time permits. University of Michigan has expressed an interest in pest management solutions.

Best,

Will

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