Publications

This Commission is responsible for the publication and sale of hard copy items and publication of electronic material produced by ASF. This includes quarterly magazines such as Caves Australia or member newsletters such as ESpeleo, but does not include the publication of Helictite which is the responsibility of the ASF Helictite Commission.

The Publications Commission will also oversight the ASF website and all ASF publications for information to ensure copyright is maintained and not infringed and that material is not of a nature to cause offence to persons ie slander/libel (this also includes Helictite).

The Publications Commission will also oversight the ASF website and all ASF publications for information to ensure copyright is maintained and not infringed and that material is not of a nature to cause offence to persons ie slander/libel (this also includes Helictite).

With regard to Caves Australia, the Commission manages the editing, printing (hard copy or electronic format), marketing and distribution of Caves Australia (the quarterly Journal) to ASF members and to other subscribers;

With regards to Espeleo, the Commission will ensure that the internal ASF member electronic newsletter is edited and produced in a timely manner and distributed via the ASF membership database.

The Commission also oversees the publication of monographs and books on speleology. This includes overseeing the editing, layout, printing and distribution of such publications. ASF publications can be purchased by variety of methods. For details on how to purchase on-line, or via order form visit our Publications for sale page.

More information can be obtained from the Commissioner, Sue White at susanqwhite@netspace.net.au and by visiting the Publications pages on this site.

Commissions

Commissions and Committees are established by and report to the Executive, which also is responsible for appointing a Convenor and determining their roles and responsibilities.

Commissions deal with long-term, on-going aspects of the Federation's activities whereas Committees are established for a period not exceeding four years to carry out specific tasks on behalf of the Federation such as conference organisation.

  1. Each Commission has a budget administered by the ASF Treasurer. Expenses are reimbursed upon presentation of receipts or other documentation. The Executive may require expenditure in excess of a specified amount to be approved in advance.
  2. Convenors with long reports and/or complex issues to bring to the attention of the Federation are strongly encouraged to circulate discussion papers during the year.
  3. The Convenor shall prepare an annual report consisting of:
    1. A summary of the Commission's activities for the previous year and proposed for the following year, including any recommended actions or motions.
    2. A proposal for any funds required
  4. The report should be of minimal length, not more than one page. Copies of the report shall be provided to the President, Treasurer and Secretary by September 30 to facilitate auditing and preparation of the ASF's Annual Report and Budget.

Various commissions have information provided with extra information available in a downloadable pdf

Survey and Mapping Standards

The Survey and Mapping standards contact (SMS) coordinates the systematic integration of cave surveys and the adoption of the Australian Map Grid for cave mapping.

It cooperates with other ASF Commissions in compilation and dissemination of surveying and mapping information. The SMS fosters liaison and communication, and provide technical advice and assistance in all cave survey and mapping matters.

SMS advises the Federation on problems arising from integration of surveys, and the implementation of the survey and mapping standards.

This contact encourages adherence to the survey and mapping standards, by design and dissemination of standardised documentation and recording forms.

SMS cooperates with the appropriate Commission of the International Union of Speleology.

For further information contact, Al Warild Email: alw@exemail.com.au

 

ASF Cave map symbols

ASF cave Survey and Map Standards

ASF Map Symbols- Zip File

ASF Map summary sheet

ASF MAP NUMBERING GUIDE

 UIS mapping Grades

 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Matters

Coming soon.

Library & Archive Commission

The Library and Archive Commission develops, maintains and preserves a comprehensive, unified national collection of printed materials related to Australian, near Asian and Pacific Island caves and karst material, including copies of all serial publications of ASF, its member societies and other organisations with an interest in caves. It has a limited digital collection.

The Commission also maintains a collection of significant foreign serial publications related to speleology and keep the status of journal exchanges under review.

It encourages and where necessary assists in the preservation of significant unpublished private papers and other materials related to Australian speleology.

This commission collects and archives Australian and related cave exploration, management and speleological history material, including cultural materials.

You can contact the ASF Librarian, Cathy Brown at cathy.brown@ga.gov.au

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