[crm-sig] Re:E67 BIRTH

Nicholas Crofts nickcrofts at yahoo.com
Thu Oct 11 17:59:35 EEST 2001

The scope note for E67 Birth currently reads "The 
birth of a human being."

The scope of BIRTH could be usefully extended to
included other life forms. Date of birth, place of
birth, parentage are often recorded by zoological
collections in "stud books", particularly for
endangered species. Information on date, place and
circumstances of birth ("hatch date" for birds) may
also be a legal requirement for import and export of
live specimens.

Similar information is recorded by botanical gardens
for their specimes: date of planting, date of
germination, etc. Software packages offer fields to
record this sort of information, e.g. BG-BASE uses
"sowing date" and "germination date(s)" as part of the
"propogations" table.

Extending the scope of E67 will require modification
of the properties. Parents are currently assumed to be
instances of E21 PERSON :-
  by mother (gave birth): Person
  from father (was father for): Person.

It might therefore be preferable to create separate
sub-classes for the beginning of existence of various
types of biological entitites. 

References :

"Guidelines for Data Entry and Maintenance of North
American Regional Studbooks", Lincoln Park Zoo, 1996 
URL <http://www.aza.org/dept/csd/studguide.htm>

URL Scott Swengel and Tori Kaldenberg : "North
American Red-Crowned Crane Grus japonensis  Studbook
2000", 2000

"DECREE of the Ministry of the Environment conditions
for importing and exporting endangered species", Czech
Republic, 1997

Michael Foster, Greg Kleine, and Jaroy Moore
"Impact of Seeding Rate and Planting Date on Guayule
Stand Establishment by Direct Seeding in West Texas"



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