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Species Maintenance Database
I am an Oracle DBA for an internet company (www.moneynet.com), where I
design and maintain databases for a living. I've worked on many different
projects on various sized databases (up to 400 GB), and I can tell you from
experience that there are 2 major obstacles to the success of every
1) Correctly defining the scope of the project - What you are going to keep
and why it is important. This is very hard to change later and ultimately
determines whether the project is useful to the intended audience. This is
where commercial projects usually get off track because of the ego
involved (but I'm sure that wouldn't be problem in the AKA ;) ).
2) How will the data be kept accurate and timely - This involves long-term
commitment from the participants, which is especially hard with volunteers.
If the data goes stale, or is otherwise determined to be unreliable, the
project has failed. This is so critical, that my employer pays a lot of $$
to outsource this. We buy all our financial data rather than try to produce
If there is an effort to build a database for the AKA, I would be happy to
provide some consulting services (for free, of course), but I am not likely
to have enough time to be a major participant.
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