Rubenstein Fellows

This is the Community of fellows and alumni of the EOL Rubenstein Fellows Program. This program supports the research of a diverse group of scientists who are committed to online collaboration and outreach. Fellows receive partial funding for up to one year to translate biodiversity research, databases, and media into rich, online resources through the Encyclopedia of Life. The Fellows program is made possible through a generous donation by David M. Rubenstein to the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History.

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    Jennifer Hammock commented on "Rubenstein Fellows":

    @Maria del Rosario Castañeda: Good question, Rosario! For now it's one species at a time only. Once we've seen how that goes we may experiment with more sweeping tools, but we need to be cautious with it- large changes could be produced very suddenly if the preference propagated automatically to all child taxa. For the moment at least you have made all the Anolis species in the TRD more easily findable and that is the important thing! If anyone has an opinion about this or any other feedback about this feature please share it here or in the EOL discussion group!

    almost 2 years ago

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    Maria del Rosario Castañeda commented on "Rubenstein Fellows":

    @Jennifer Hammock: Hi Jen, I had no trouble selecting my preferred classification, but a quick question, do I have to do it one species at the time? or is there a way to do it in bulk? I changed the classification for the entire genus (Anolis), but it didn't automatically applied to all the species within. Did I miss something?

    almost 2 years ago

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    Ximo Mengual commented on "Rubenstein Fellows":

    @Jennifer Hammock: Thanks Jen! I will keep that in mind and eventually upload it.

    almost 2 years ago

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    Jennifer Hammock commented on "Rubenstein Fellows":

    A nice piece on Stijn Cooleman's Lifedesk for those of you who read french or dutch

    Thanks for the tip, Stijn! Don't be shy, everyone, about reporting publicity you receive in languages other than English. Our international audience would love to read about your adventures!

    almost 2 years ago

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    eoleducation commented on "Rubenstein Fellows":

    Hi EOL Fellows- some great opportunities through the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) can be found here: http://www.nescent.org/science/proposals.php

    almost 2 years ago

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    Jennifer Hammock commented on "Rubenstein Fellows":

    @Ximo Mengual: Hi, Ximo! You can make your LD classification available via this method: http://syrphidae.lifedesks.org/admin/classification/biological/export/share. Put the url to your exported classification as an additional resource in your Content Partner account and let me know when it's up. Note that this is a manual publication- you can update whenever you like (we suggest not more than quarterly) so we strongly advise you to put a version number or date in the title and citation. Eventually we'll replace this resource in your CP account with the Scratchpads equivalent, after you're migrated, but that won't be for a few quarters, I expect.

    almost 2 years ago

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    Ximo Mengual commented on "Rubenstein Fellows":

    Hi Jen, I have now selecte my preferred classification of the 2 options I had; the problem is that "my" classification" differs from ITIS or Catalogue of Life (basically because is more up-to-date). Can I use my classification? How?

    almost 2 years ago

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    Jennifer Hammock commented on "Rubenstein Fellows":

    (by the way, is anyone still waiting for their classification to be made available as a browsing hierarchy?)

    almost 2 years ago

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    Jennifer Hammock commented on "Rubenstein Fellows":

    Big news, everyone! The curator tool for selecting the preferred classification on a taxon page has been launched. Katja has just finished heroically updating our documentation. Here's her summary and urls for the relevant docs:

    Hello curators!

    This morning, we released a new tool on EOL that lets full curators set the preferred classification for a given EOL taxon page. Please have a look at the Information for Curators page to learn more about this feature: http://eol.org/info/curation#classification

    By setting the preferred classification in the Names tab, you can now control the browsing classification shown to EOL visitors in the Overview tab. Your selection will not only affect the classification browser, it will also determine what name is used for a given group at the top of the taxon page. For example, on the page for the Painted Lady butterfly, selecting the NCBI hierarchy will result in a Vanessa cardui page: http://eol.org/pages/156096/overview

    While selecting the Catologue of Life hierarchy would result in a Cynthia cardui page: http://eol.org/pages/156096/names

    In addition to our official browsing classifications, you can also select from the non-browsable hierarchies that we have extracted from the data files of other content partners, including Wikipedia and the EOL Flickr group. While some of these hierarchies will clearly be inappropriate, others will be very valuable, especially when a taxon is not yet represented in any of the official EOL browsing hierarchies. See for example the Cryptocephalus octoguttatus page: http://eol.org/pages/3282247/overview

    Previously, this page was orphaned. There was no browsing hierarchy shown in the Overview tab, because none of our official classification providers has listed this species. However, by adding taxonomic tags for the genus, family, and order, Flickr contributors have provided us with a de facto hierarchy that curators can now select to connect this species to the rest of the tree of life in the EOL browsing structure.

    Please check out the new interface and let us know what you think. We expect that there is room for improvements, but this first version should provide you with a powerful tool to improve EOL pages.

    Best wishes, Katja

    almost 2 years ago

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    Nathan Muchhala commented on "Rubenstein Fellows":

    If anyone else is scanning in text from documents like I am, you may find this trick useful to help clean up those many extra paragraphs that always get added in. In MS word you can just 'search and replace' them out because '^p' means paragraph. Heres a post I found online explaining it, and how to avoid deleting 'true' paragraphs: Assuming each line has a para mark at the end, and that there is an empty line (or a line with just a space) with a para mark separating true paras: First: Do a Search&Replace to replace all para marks (^p) with a pair of tildes (~~), or some other character combination that isn't found in the document. Second: Do a Search&Replace to replace every occurrence of a pair of tildes followed by a space, followed by a pair of tildes (~~ ~~) with a para mark (^p) Third: Do a Search&Replace to replace every occurrence of a pair of tildes followed by another pair of tildes (~~~~) with a para mark (^p) Fourth: Do a Search&Replace to replace every occurrence of a pair of tildes followed (~~) with a single space ( ) Fifth: Do a Search&Replace to replace every occurrence of a pair of spaces followed ( ) with a single space ( ). Repeat until none is found.

    almost 2 years ago

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    Jennifer Hammock commented on "Rubenstein Fellows":

    @Meiying Lin: Thanks for your patience, Meiying! Looking forward to watching your collection grow.

    almost 2 years ago

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    Meiying Lin commented on "Rubenstein Fellows":

    Yesterday I could not see the detail content. Now I can see them in good order. Yes, now I am completely satistified with the way to upload my pages and I will start to work on it continuely. Thanks for all the help at the not so easy beginning, Jen.

    almost 2 years ago

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    Jennifer Hammock commented on "Rubenstein Fellows":

    @Meiying Lin: Hi, Meiying! Are you not seeing it? It appears for me here: http://eol.org/pages/118174/details

    almost 2 years ago

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    Meiying Lin commented on "Rubenstein Fellows":

    Jen, it is great that you think my test resource is pretty good. It works quite well to me too. But I am still quite confused about that the texts and pictures are not linked together under the latin names. For example, if you search "Linda atricornis", you can see the two pictures in both overview and median, you can see the literature I add. But where is the description text? I hope to see my text in the "detail" under each species.

    almost 2 years ago

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    Jennifer Hammock added "Meiying Lin" to the collection "Rubenstein Fellows Collections".

    almost 2 years ago

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    Jennifer Hammock commented on "Rubenstein Fellows":

    @Jiri Hulcr: Hi, Jiri! 1- You need only attach your object to the name in one classification to get it onto the taxon page. 2- a widespread error? Let's try getting in touch with Natureserve about it directly. I'll bet Katja knows whom to contact...

    almost 2 years ago

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    Jiri Hulcr commented on "Rubenstein Fellows":

    Hola, Two humble questions for the more experienced among us: 1 - most of the species in my group (Scolytinae, bark and ambrosia beetles) are mentioned as being listed in several different classifications. When I am associating an object with a name, do I need to associate it manually with the same name in all these classifications? 2 - In the same beetle group, information in Distribution has been uniformly supplied by NatureServe. Most of it is ok, but they seem to have assigned the status "Native" to all species in Canada and the US, although about half of them are exotic. I don't want to distrust and make invisible all the distribution data. How should I correct this one mistake repeated in my many species? Thank you!

    almost 2 years ago

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    Jennifer Hammock commented on "Rubenstein Fellows":

    News and updates about Scratchpads are trickling out from the Vibrant team; I'm posting these in the Scratchpads Community so join us there if you need to keep in the loop. :)

    about 2 years ago • edited: about 2 years ago

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    Eli Sarnat commented on "Rubenstein Fellows":

    Here's a link to the resurrected EOL Scratchpad's community. http://eol.org/communities/122/newsfeed

    about 2 years ago

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    Jennifer Hammock commented on "Rubenstein Fellows":

    @Eli Sarnat: re: blog/forum/etc. Thanks for trying. I think I just need to get these tools enabled. They're set to Off in my Tools menu and I can't re-set anything in there right now. I did try adding the url as a tab manually but that just creates a flat content page. Curses!

    about 2 years ago