Records and Record Keeping
Advances in the study of disease in wild animals, as in any other branch of science, are based on cumulative experience. Each investigation is related to those that preceded it either through attempting to confirm the previous work or, more often, by building upon it. The bricks for this building process are recorded results and observations; the mortar, that allows construction, is the exchange of information among investigators. Accurate collection of data is an accepted part of scientific endeavour but, to be useful, the information has to be recorded in a systematic manner so that it can be retrieved and interpreted at some later date.
KeywordsGeographic Information System Filing System Disease Occurrence Permanent Record Hemorrhagic Disease
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