Launch of the Photopoint Project Database (and Instructions)
Posted on 28 September, 2013 by Connecting Country
In the late 1990s, the Castlemaine Field Naturalists Club commenced their Photopoint Project. The objective of the project is to monitor changes in vegetation and landscapes over time by taking regular photos at particular locations in the local area. Largely as a result of the efforts of club members Ern and Lesley Perkins, the project has grown to include more than 1600 photos from over 900 locations.
A year or so ago, Connecting Country received some funding through the Victorian government’s Communities for Nature program to assist the field nats in maintaining the information from this project. First, this involved preparing hard-copy archive-quality copies of every photo, and lodging these for safe-keeping with the Castlemaine Historical Society. Then, opportunistically, a very talented Connecting Country volunteer – Cara Byrt – offered to develop the photos and associated information into a user-friendly database.This CD database was launched at Connecting Country’s AGM on 24 September 2013, with a demonstration by Ern. Free copies were then distributed to all attendees. Additional copies are available at the Connecting Country office during business hours.
- Unfortunately the database only works on PC computers (and not Apple computers)
- Due to the size of the database (about 1.9 GB), it works best if you copy the files from the CD onto the hard drive of your computer, and then run the database from the hard drive.
- To start looking at the database, open the CD using Windows Explorer, and then click on the ‘start.html’ file. There should be no need to open any of the folders.
The Photopoint Project will continue, and the database will grow, over subsequent years. This CD provides an amazing snapshot (at as mid-2013) of some of the changes that have occurred in the Mount Alexander Region over the past few decades.