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":

    @Eli Sarnat: That's a good idea, Eli; there are sure to be non-Fellows also interested. Would you care to found one? You could feature this collection of Scratchpad partners: http://eol.org/collections/3039

    almost 3 years ago

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    Eli Sarnat commented on "Rubenstein Fellows":

    Thought I'd let folks know that the Scratchpads 2.0 is up and new accounts can now be registered. The frontend and backend are both significantly improved over their previous version. I think there are still some bugs and the new features aren't all rolled out yet, but I think it will be possible to publish some very fine biodiversity websites using this platform. I just started a new scratchpad site (www.antkey.org). I'm still trying to figure out how to get my biological classification into proper format, but I'm excited to work on this over the next couple of months. I know the Scratchpads team has their own 'Issues' site to address problems, bugs, suggestions, etc., but I wonder whether it would be useful to start a Scratchpads EOL community as well?

    almost 3 years ago

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    Kathy Hill commented on "Rubenstein Fellows":

    @Jennifer Hammock: Thanks Jen!

    almost 3 years ago

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    Jennifer Hammock commented on "Rubenstein Fellows":

    Courtesy of Tracy Barbaro from L&E, thought this might interest some of you: STUDENT CONFERENCE ON CONSERVATION SCIENCE NEW YORK (SCCS-NY) American Museum of Natural History New York City October 10-12, 2012 http://symposia.cbc.amnh.org/sccsny/2012?cbc=5bfe155dec5fdb84b3b917b757ff291a

    almost 3 years ago

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    Jennifer Hammock commented on "Rubenstein Fellows":

    @Kathy Hill: More good questions! Regarding Flickr, that's correct, those photos only persist on EOL as long as they remain on Flickr, so if you are Flickr account space-limited that is not the ideal option. For scientific images, Morhbank can be convenient; they have bulk upload tools and they share with EOL. (http://www.morphbank.net/About/HowToContribute/). The new Scratchpads are also likely to be a good option for this. Regarding text entries from multiple sources: a direct text entry article and a Scratchpad article, for the same chapter of the same taxon, will both be retained. Many chapters on some taxon pages display multiple entries from different sources. The only time content is overwritten is when an existing, shared object changes at the partner site of origin. In that case the revised object overwrites the original on EOL at the next partner harvest.

    almost 3 years ago

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    Kathy Hill commented on "Rubenstein Fellows":

    Another similar question (please let me know if there is another page I should be reading with answers to these kinds of questions!) - If you create text content using, say, Direct Contribution, but then thru a different Content Partner (say your Scratchpads site) you create text for the same Subject Type (ie Brief Summary), then does the original contribution get overwritten when the Scratchpads site gets harvested?

    almost 3 years ago

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    Kathy Hill commented on "Rubenstein Fellows":

    On the same topic as before - if you have a Flickr account, and you share a photo with the EOL images group, then you later remove your photo from your photostream, I assume it then disappears from the EOL Images group, and then from EOL? Is that correct? I'm just trying to figure this out. I don't have a pro Flickr account for example, so occasionally I delete photos if I want to post more than 300megs in a month. So I imagine that some other people might do this as well.

    almost 3 years ago

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    Kathy Hill commented on "Rubenstein Fellows":

    @Cyndy Parr: Thanks!

    almost 3 years ago

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    Cyndy Parr commented on "Rubenstein Fellows":

    @Kathy Hill: Right, while we hope that partners stay online forever, if they don't we would simply stop harvesting and keep what we have if the partner is willing. Also, we do keep old versions of data we have harvested (though we probably can't do that forever) so can serve as a backup repository even for sites that do stay online.

    almost 3 years ago

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    Kathy Hill commented on "Rubenstein Fellows":

    @Cyndy Parr: Thanks Cyndy, that is very useful to know, and I assume it applies to all data objects. So we have to hope that all content partners stay online "forever" (or I guess you could just not harvest from them again if they are gone)?

    almost 3 years ago

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    Cyndy Parr commented on "Rubenstein Fellows":

    @Kathy Hill: Kathy, yes, if you remove an image from your Scratchpad or from Flickr (or from any other EOL content partner) the image will be removed from EOL the next time we harvest.

    almost 3 years ago

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    Kathy Hill commented on "Rubenstein Fellows":

    @Bob Corrigan: I'm just trying to figure out what would be the best platform for me to use to share my Cicadidae data. I have my own website www.insectsingers.com but it seems that it would probably be easier to use Scratchpads or Lifedesks which are already set up to work with EOL. Since I am totally new to this, I am trying to figure out which is better. I still have some trouble understanding how EOL works. After EOL harvests the information from somewhere like Lifedesks or Scratchpads or Flickr, does it then store the information itself? If an image, say, is removed from the Scratchpad or Flickr site, and EOL "reharvests" from this place (or however it works), does the image remain with EOL?

    almost 3 years ago

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    Bob Corrigan commented on "Rubenstein Fellows":

    @John P. Sullivan: Ahh... that explains it.

    almost 3 years ago

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    Bob Corrigan commented on "Rubenstein Fellows":

    Scratchpads is currently under development, adding new features, etc. Lifedesks is in maintenance and no new development is currently planned from an EOL perspective. There are also other websites that share their data with EOL as a content partner - what do you have in mind?

    almost 3 years ago

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    Kathy Hill commented on "Rubenstein Fellows":

    What do people think is the best platform for sharing data - Lifedesks or Scratchpads? It seems to me like Scratchpads is more popular at the moment. Is there a reason to have both Lifedesks and Scratchpads as an option? Is anyone programming their own website to share data with EOL?

    almost 3 years ago

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    Fernando Jerep commented on "Rubenstein Fellows":

    @John P. Sullivan: Very nice initiative, great project !

    almost 3 years ago

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    John P. Sullivan commented on "Rubenstein Fellows":

    @Bob Corrigan: "AFRICHTHY" only looks intimidating to pronounce: AFRIC-THEE from Africa + ichthy, the Greek root for fish. :-)

    almost 3 years ago

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    Bob Corrigan commented on "Rubenstein Fellows":

    @John P. Sullivan: That's great news - we (EOL) are working closely with the Scratchpad team and look forward to your feedback. Well done creating AFRICHTHY (that's a very hard acronym to pronounce)!

    almost 3 years ago

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    John P. Sullivan commented on "Rubenstein Fellows":

    Because some of you may be interested, I thought I'd let you know that my colleague John Friel and I have created a new Scratchpad site for sharing biodiversity information on African fishes at http://africhthy.org. The two Lifedesks I created as a Rubenstein Fellow in 2010 will at some point be incorporated into this site which we envision becoming the place to go for information on African ichthyology and ichthyologists. As an EOL content partner, AFRICHTHY will both serve data from EOL and add content to it. Scratchpads 2.0, which will come out next month, looks very promising.

    almost 3 years ago

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