Location query issues

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This page provides a summary of the current issues with the Country and State queries for non-Australian records in AVH3.0. See AVH Briefing Paper November 2008#Non-compliant/non-standard data issues for more information.

Queries using the Country and State drop-down table were compared against the results of rough bounding box queries to test the functionality of this query. The results below indicate that, at present, the Country and State query is not an effective way to retrieve records for ex-Australian specimens (and specimens from some Australian Dependencies) from most herbaria. A higher number of results from the bounding box query than the country query is an indication that the data being delivered to AVH as 'country' does not correspond to the country name. In some cases (e.g. the three DNA records returned via the Indonesia bounding box query), the discrepancy may be due to geocoding errors. A higher number of results from the country query than from the bounding box query is probably due to specimens not being geocoded (or specimens being missed by the bounding box).


No. of records returned
Country/State Query method AD BRI CANB DNA HO MEL NSW PERTH
New Zealand Country/State 128 0 0 0 4284 3231 4460 0
Bounding box (-35, 167; -47, 178) 30 0 0 0 2591 1211 1496 0
Indonesia Country/State 5 0 0 0 2 0 862 0
Bounding box (0, 105; -10, 140) 11 138 0 3 14 24 216 0
Papua New Guinea Country/State 10 0 0 0 8 0 3618 0
Bounding box (-2, 141; -10, 150) 6 * 5 0 284 356 2402 0
Solomon Islands Country/State 13 0 0 0 0 0 77 0
Bounding box (-5, 157; -10, 162) 0 0 0 0 0 2 16 0
Antarctica Country/State 1 0 0 0 29 1111 80 0
Bounding box (-60, 0; -90, 0) 1 1 0 0 17 147 40 23
Cocos (Keeling) Islands Country/State 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bounding box (-12, 96.75; -12.25, 97) 43 0 334 0 0 11 1 69
Christmas Island Country/State 0 20 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bounding box (-10.4, 105.5; -10.6, 105.75) 66 0 900 0 0 2 6 128
Ashmore & Cartier Islands Country/State 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bounding box (-12.17, 123; -12.7, 124) 1 7 89 49 0 4 0 53

* The bounding box includes some far north Qld islands, so this query doesn't provide meaningful results for BRI