|The Palm Operating System (OS), and the related Personal Digital
Assistant (PDA) hardware, are providing the urban and community
forester, tree wardens and consultants with a variety of new
tools, which greatly increase the effectiveness of the professional
tree manager. Whether it is record keeping, mapping or inventory
work, PDA's and the Palm OS make fieldwork and record keeping
much easier to compile, archive and retrieve.
|Palm OS and Data Collection\Management
|One of the areas that the Palm OS, and the PDA, have been
most useful in assisting tree mangers is in the completing of
tree inventories. Traditionally, these operations have relied
on cumbersome paper tally sheets or expensive computerized data
recorders. Today, the Palm OS is the preferred computer platform
of many data collectors, and there are a variety of hardware
options available for field use. Palm, Handspring and Sony are
the most popular PDA's.