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G) new-band record
This document describes a system for streamlining the entry of large quantities of bird banding data for The Institute for Bird Populations (IBP).
The author has been working with the processing of banding data since 1977. This system is the culmination of decades of experience. The current solution uses only open-source, freely available software. Data entry is done within the emacs text editor. Processing programs are written in Python (see www.python.org).
This system handles data from two different projects:
MAPS stands for Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship. Data are taken in the summer.
MAWS stands for Monitoring Avian Winter Survivorship, and data are taken in the winter.
Two documents present all the programs in this system using a lightweight literate programming style.
IBP banding data system: Internal maintenance specification contains all the Python scripts discussed in the current document.