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Osteoware: Standardized Skeletal Documentation Software

post-cranial nonmetrics?

Is there a section for post-cranial nonmetrics?  Specifically I am looking at lateral/posterior bridging of C1, accessory transverse foramina of C7, and septal apertures of the distal humerus.  These are scored based on the forms in Standards but there is no specific space for them in Osteoware, at least of which I know.  Can these be added possibly?






I just noticed you mentioned post-cranial nonmetrics as a future update possibly, in another thread I hadn't read until after I posted this.  Any thoughts on if that might materialize?  Either way, I appreciate the FREE software as it stands, to be sure.

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Submitted by DUDARC on

Hi again,

Yes, the postcranial non-metrics module is being worked on.  The version of Osteoware used in the Smithsonian does collect the very traits you are interested in, but we left that out of the public version to make a more simple transition to the new module.  No date yet.

In the meantime, as a work-around, you could use the pathology module to enter non-metric traits.  Choose the bone and click the 'other' check box at the bottom of the Side/Aspect/Section page (the default Path page that opens) and describe the trait by name in the Comments field. 

You can then query the database for 'other' and also by trait keyword to extract your data.  Not a perfect solution, but databases are very flexible if you think laterally.