Files updated 09/06/2002
MycoRec is a simple database package designed specifically for recording
fungi. It can generate a variety of reports and labels and is capable
of importing and exporting data from/to the Fungal Records Database of
Britain and Ireland.
The database includes a British Isles
Checklist of fungus names and synonyms, covering all the records in
the Fungal Records Database of Britain and
Ireland and many more names used to record fungi in the British Isles.
The checklist should be updated regularly from this site.
The database is written in Microsoft Access 97. It can be installed as
a stand-alone, free 'run-time' without purchasing Access. However, the
run-time does not allow you to customize the database for your own special
requirements. MycoRec can produce simple reports, but Word97 is also needed
for the more sophisticated Word reporting facility.
MycoRec is designed to work with other programs. It can directly export
and format species reports into Microsoft Word97. In addition, MycoRec
can generate the data files necessary for Alan Morton's DMAP
program to produces simple distribution maps.
Access2000: MycoRec can be converted into Access2000 and appears
to work together with the reporting facility to Word2000 (using the Word9
Object library) although it has not been tested rigorously. I would not
recommend trying to install A2000 and A97 on the same PC as there are
a number of 'features' (messages like, 'There is no license on this machine';
loss of the text ISAM driver - used for exporting record text files; loss
of the reference to the Word97 object library). All of these issues can
be fixed manually with some effort. I will not be creating an A2000 run-time
version simply because the A2000 run-time is considerably larger than
the A97 version. A converted version is
now available to download.
To Install MycoRec
Download the set of zip files for either the run-time version or the
version for use with Access97. Unzip each set of files into a directory
called Disk1, Disk2 etc, or extract onto floppies. You will require an
'unzip' utility such as WinZip. Read
the Readme.txt file on Disk1 for further instructions. You should check
below to see if you need to update the GBCHKLST and Association files,
i.e. component files dated later than the MycoRec version date.
If you are already using Ern Emmett's recording package and you wish
to transfer your data then please contact Paul
The British Isles Checklist of fungal
names will be updated frequently (GBCHKLST.MDB). You will need to
download the latest version and replace the copy in the directory where
you installed MycoRec. In addition to the GB CheckList there will also
be updates to the Associated organisms file (Association.MDB). The user
interface file (MycoRec.MDB) may also be occasionally updated. All of
these can replace the existing files. Your data is stored in DATA.MDB
which will not be affected.
NB. It is recommended that when upgrading you download and replace only
the files that have changed. However, it should be possible to install
a later version over an existing version and it should leave the existing
DATA.mdb containing your records intact, although I haven't tested it.
In addition, you should be aware that running the Windows 'Add/Remove
program' utility in Control Panel will remove all the files, including
the DATA.MDB - and any existing data with it! Always make backups before
you carry out updates or re-installations.
Full Program with/without Access run-time
MycoRec Program - for use with Access97 (Version 17/02/00)
MycoRec Program - standalone 'runtime' (Version 17/02/00)
MycoRec Interface (Version 17/02/00) MycoRec.MDB
GB Checklist of Names (Version 21/10/01 - compact MycoRec version) GBCHKLST.MDB
GB Checklist of Names (Version 21/10/01 - full version) GBCHKLST1.MDB
Associated Organism file (Version 21/10/01) Association.MDB
Word version of MycoRec document (Version 08/02/00) MycoRec.DOC
Word Report Template File (version 06/12/99) BMSReport.DOT
Version of: 17/02/00
Oops. The last version was complied on a PC with Access2000 and Access97
installed which makes the Mycorec.MDB file unsusable on PCs with Access97
alone installed. It would produce a runtime error message when you load
the program. Thanks to Microsoft for making life difficult for those of
us developing under both platforms! Sorry about that. Thanks to David
Antrobus for alerting me.
Changes since version of: 13/12/99
Re-created corrupt(?) disk images. Removed annoying message from 'Record
Changes since version of: 13/7/99
Entering year information - field blanked. Added short-cut keys for forms.
Changed BMS Export routine to include extra fields. Altered 'Update Current
Name' routine to pick up additions to the GB Checklist as well as taxonomic
Changes since version of: 7/7/99
Update current name facility.
Word report now has field and section selectors. Word styles modified
in BMSReport.dot. 'Incertae sedis' removed from word report. Misidentification
flag field added. Addition of 'simple' recording form for fast keyboarders.
Better facilities for entering synonyms and new names. Report for tracing
new names and synonyms. Literature references now incorporated into main
data data table. This last change has altered the structure of the main
records table in DATA.MDB. People using 7/7 version should mail me for
details on transferring data files across.
Changes since version of: 19/7/99
Fixed disk image problem. Numerous 'features' fixed. Word report now includes
family level output and duplicate lines are deleted (BMSReport.DOT has
changed). Date interval reporting now works correctly. 'Tagging' feature
tidied up. Some changes to label and packet layout.
Running a reports now check how many records in set before continuing.
New form to view existing records in read-only mode (courtesy of Paul
Disclaimer (as an 'occasional' software developer)
MycoRec has grown organically rather than being designed and coded
to high standards. It was originally put together for my own use in what
little spare time I have and I will never charge for it. If somebody wants
to rewrite it properly then please do so - as long as you also give it
away. If somebody wants to pay me to develop it properly then I'd be happy
to do it - as long as it remains free of charge.