DATABASE - Tamborine Mountain Natural History Association Inc

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1.1. Objectives

The objectives of Tamborine Mountain Natural History Association Inc. (TMNHA) and the website is to share natural history and biodiversity knowledge and experiences. The history on developing the TMNHA website system with a database function was to provide opportunities for TMNHA in wide ranging data collection and display.  Some knowledge may have restricted access for various reasons.

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1.3. Tamborine Mountain Data Collection

Please note that this description has been compiled from a number of persons integral to its development and from material written by them.

Biodiversity data has been collected over a long history of various contributors, which includes

  1. Very old records donated to TMNHA
  2. TMNHA members developing and expanding that donated data  for printed materials
  3. TMNHA members collecting observations (mostly birds) through organised bird walks (on and off the mountain) and member's personal observations
  4. Tamborine Mountain Landcare Inc (TML) was later formed and had members who were also or had been TMNHA members. TML arrange scientific surveys of specific sites to identify and monitor plants and animals at those sites. Its members have also contributed some personal observations.
  5. Past and continuing data collected by persons unconnected with TMNHA or TML.
A Biodat clipper database was created by Stephen Sims to collect and manage this data for each contributor's usage directly or indirectly by arrangement with Stephen. That clipper database remains in current use by Mike Russell with support of Stephen Sims. Along with other volunteers, they have made a significant contribution for collecting data on the Tamborine Mountain environment.
TMNHA wanted to make data easier to access on the Internet and include more information for TMNHA use through integration of the data in the NHA website. For example, TMNHA has also recommenced local Nature Walks to reconnect people with local nature and collect additional observations and media on local plants and animals (including birds).
TMNHA is also exploring ways for our local data to be duplicated in the Bird Atlas or other approved web databases.
The history on developing the TMNHA website system with a database function was to provide opportunities for TMNHA in wide ranging data collection and display. The TMNHA Website objectives were:
  • Firstly to create a web database system fully integrated with other TMNHA website systems for TMNHA to collect and display natural history information.
  • Secondly to be a system to easily integrate the information (such as bird group data ) that has already been largely developed by and for TMNHA use through recording in the Biodat clipper system.  
  • TMNHA management agrees that contribution and access to this information should be available to TML and local Councils. Reasonable systems may be set-up if needed for them to use the TMNHA system.