new gopher services

Mon, 15 Aug 1994 10:46:58 EDT

The Peabody Museum is pleased to offer several additions/enhancements to
its collections gopher (, port 70):

(1) the Anthropology Division is now online and has posted 60,084 records
from its Caribbean archeological collections to the gopher; notes and
descriptions of the material can be found on the Anthropology menu.

(2) there is a new service on the main menu that lets you search for any
labeled feature appearing on topographic maps put out by the US
Geological Survey; there are 1,233,933 records to peruse from across
the USA, covering populated places, parks, lakes, mountains, and all
sorts of other features; please read the help file before exploring.

(3) the WAIS indexing/search engine has been modified so that search
hits are returned in alphabetical order by header (for the
collections databases, this means your results will always be
sorted by taxon, which should simplify scrolling through hits); the
alphabetizing holds for searches that specify untruncated keywords
and/or booleans, but it does not necessarily hold when substrings
are used (i.e., trailing "*" as in "substri*").

(4) restrictions on allowable keywords have also been relaxed in the WAIS
engine as much as possible; now, all words except for single
characters (a-z) and the coden "YPM" are potentially valid (this is
essentially a purging of the file stoplist.c; a few other odd WAIS
limitations remain in effect, and we are working on expunging them).

(5) all catalogued lots in the Ichthyology databases now have at least
partial collecting event data added to them (previously, only about
30 percent of the 9,908 lots had any such data); the "Notes" file on
the Ichthyology menu discusses this a bit more.


Larry Gall
Systems Office 203-432-9892 voice
Peabody Museum 203-432-9816 FAX
Yale University
New Haven, CT 06511