Preparation of a business plan and operating procedures for the BRC is being held up as we are waiting for information to come from national office. However, our priority is to establish the rules governing data validation, ownership of data and information retrieval and supply to clients. Many difficult issues are involved and background papers have been circulated to members of the Management Advisory Group for their consideration prior to a rescheduled meeting which will take place during the next couple of months. However, the delay in drafting operating policies and procedures has not prevented continuing development of the computerised data base which is being done mainly by Martyn Hodgson and Richard Nicol. Historical records in the filing card system are being computerised at present but hopefully it will not be too long before we can "go live" and begin putting on records as they are submitted.
The most positive development was a meeting of leading county recorders at Lower Smite Farm at which projects for the coming year were discussed and a nucleus of people volunteered to be listed as referees for various taxa. This beginning of an expert panel is a significant step forward and more details are given in the meeting report.
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