World Cave Database
Instructions to Contributors
Also a word on the contents of your contributions:
References: I really insist in having some adequate bibliographic reference(s) for each entry. If information on a cave is published in any kind of journal, you must give its references... Several references are welcome of course. If it is not published (yet?), it may be of interest anyway, but give me a contact, like an email of someone willing to answer to information requests...
I will never include location of a cave in the database. Not that I
have anything against publishing locations (the situation is very
different here in France than in some parts of the US). But I think
this is just not the place to get locations from. You'll have to go
through the references, or through contact people.
<opt rank>|Name|Surname|Country|Region|depth|length|<Biblio, etc>Just a bit of explanation:
Rank: The optional number at the beginning of the line is there to allow re-entrance of the (depth/length)-sorted versions of the lists. If the number is not here, the following bar must be present.
Units: Sorry, USA, I cannot accomodate automatically feets and miles... or maybe I'm too lazy. Please express depths and lengths exclusively in meters. No decimal point.
Countries: I don't want to enforce a strong rule here, but it will ease the search functions if country names are written everywhere with the same spelling. So please have a look at how they are written in the existing entries... (but lukily, the search is case-insensitive).
Other info: There are a number of other info that I would like to add, including on geology, existence of a survey, date of last push, exploring club, etc... Whenever I have some significant info available, I put it in the last field (with the refs), for now.
Char Set and Special Chars:
I have chosen what I think is today the simplest way of dealing with
most western character sets: 8-bits encoding in ISO-8859-1 (ISO Latin
I have been getting rid of latex sequences, as I now prefer html as a
basis for portability.
Please, do not use accentuated or extended characters in country names, nor in the significant part of a cave name: this would make difficult to use automatic classification or search functions on the database.
Abbreviations: Feel free to use abbreviations in your bibliographic references,
especially for well-known journals. But do send me their meaning, if
you have abbreviations I have not yet used...
Examples: 1|Gouffre Mirolda||France|Haute-Savoie|1610|12000|Spelunca#69 1998 |Lechuguilla Cave||USA|New Mexico|496|143853|IntCaver#19(L) 1997
Go To:The author: <Eric.Madelaine@sophia.inria.fr>