of the Azov-Black Sea Ornithological Station
More than ten years annual catching and ringing of waders has been carried out by the Azov-Black Sea Ornithological Station. Until now the data have been totally computerised. To provide futher background for effective analysis of the extensive resultant database, a software programme PROTAN has been designed recently. It was written in a built-in programming language of the DBMS FoxPro. This system is 100 per cent compatible with other dBase family programmes. It supports data exchange with other popular software families (Paradox, Lotus, SuperCalc etc.).
The PROTAN programme executes preliminary processing of ringing data stored in database files with a fixed structure (table 1). These data can be analysed either on a yearly basis (total catch, ringing totals, number of local and foreign recoveries, re-traps, number of casualty/death cases, number of trapping days) or within a given interval of time. After processing initial material PROTAN creates a set of database files containing some simplest statistical and mathematical results. Its uses and options are exemplified in the tables 3, 4, 5a and 5b. PROTAN has been tested during a Ukrainian-Clutch expedition “Sivash-98" and showed
to be a convenient tool for a quick preliminary analysis of ringing results and morphometries. Its main purpose is to help a researcher through a routine work and free up time for creative one.Read the paper in a PDF file