The Data Collection and Organization (DC&O) text module is designed to give you background and experience with some useful, commercially available, general-purpose software tools. The aim is to discuss types of generic software that virtually every well-equipped scientist already needs, not programs used only by specific subdisciplines. The generic software discussed includes: spreadsheets, database programs, statistics packages, graphics programs, and word processors.
DC&O includes several examples of the use of these tools in biology. These include "An Embryological Example with Tips and Tricks" and the complete text and dataset of a classic evolutionary study published in 1899 by Hermon Bumpus ("The Elimination of the Unfit as Illustrated by the Introduced Sparrow, Passer domesticus"). The Bumpus data can be used to investigate problems in natural selection.
The complete dataset from the paper by Hermon Bumpus is now available as separate data files, in three different formats (JMP, Excel, and text).
This document is available in Portable Document Format (PDF), Microsoft Word for Macintosh version 5.1, and Microsoft Word for Windows version 6 format. To access the PDF file you must install the Acrobat Reader (versions for Macintosh and Windows are included on the CD).