Summary of UISIC Activities at UIS Congress
La Chaux-de-Fonds, 1997
The following is the summary report which was accepted at the
Second Session of the UIS General Assembly at the Congress.
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Two meetings and one workshop were held during the Congress. We have
reached agreement on the procedures necessary to move forward with
our present main task of establishing standard data field definitions in
order to facilitate cave/karst data exchange and/or consolidation. We have
also agreed on a set of basic fields on which to start the work, so
that there will be the earliest benefit for the most people.
The Commission has also agreed to establish an internal working group
in order to realise the work of Philipp Häuselmann's informal
cave mapping symbols group. Countries are
invited to appoint a delegate to this working group, preferably
before the end of September 1997.
Programme for the next four years
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- Establish standard data field definitions to facilitate data exchange
between different databases. This work will be done in co-operation with
IGU. [ Proposal ]
- Produce a bibliography of cave/karst informatics. [ Details ]
- Co-operate with the UIS Bibliography Commission's Working Group
on Cave and Karst Speleological Subject Classifications (WG Chairman:
Alexander Klimchouk, Ukraine.)
[ an interim UISIC scheme ]
- Complete the work of the Commission's new Cave Survey and Mapping
Working Group to establish a core set of standard symbols for cave mapping
under the leadership of Philipp Häuselmann (Switzerland).
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- Make software available for creating and maintaining cave
databases which conforms to UIS standards. [
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