| Museum Scientist Mark Goodwin has seen many
changes in UCMP since first coming to UC Berkeley as an undergraduate
and new preparator in 1978.
How has UCMP changed since you first started
I was here when we used to write numbers into ledgers! We have a huge collection of archivable materialfield notes, letters, photosand all of this should be digitized and archived. We now have the technology to do this. The UCMP archives are really important for us to maintain. Berkeleys always been in the forefront of computerizing the collections and database management. The problem with being in the forefront is that just when you're close to achieving your goals, a new generation of hardware and software appears, causing some brief but at the same time solving potential problems or opening new avenues to pursue. A good example was the transformation from a fixed field to a relational database, and from providing access not just via the building network but also through the World Wide Web. This situation has been frustrating, but weve made great strides under David Lindbergs [UCMP director] leadership.
UCMP is also a leader on the Web. Were one of the first natural history museums to go online, and I remember when there were only 50 websites on the Internet.
What is your greatest contribution to UCMP?
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