EOL Curators

This community is a place for EOL curators to discuss matters related to curation on the Encylopedia of Life. Please post questions and comments here about EOL curator tools and practices.

For more information about EOL curators, see:

   EOL Curators - what are EOL curators?
   Curation Standards - guidance for curators
   Information for Curators - how to use the tools, in detail

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    lokesh kumawat joined the community "EOL Curators".

    over 1 year ago

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    over 1 year ago

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    Cyndy Parr commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Michаel Frаnkis: Michael, we'll keep these suggestions in mind if we get a chance to change the software to accommodate taxon-based or geographic-based variants of labels for data. As you know, developer time is always precious so we have to juggle priorities. Thanks for your input.

    over 1 year ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Cyndy Parr: Thanks! Another taxon-specific one needed is to change 'litters' to 'broods' for Aves. Maybe for some Mammalia too, I'd not think of a baby Elephas maximus as 'litter'!
    On spelling variants, I think this is better done by taxon, depending on the region they are from, so just as 'colour' is correct for old world taxa, so is 'color' for new world taxa.
    I'll take a look at promoting / removing items; I couldn't work out how to do it before.

    over 1 year ago

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    Tiago Falotico commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Bruno Marino: Sim. Estou cuidando da parte dos macacos-prego e alguns outros primatas brasileiros.

    over 1 year ago

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    Bruno Marino commented on "EOL Curators":

    Há algum brasileiro contribuindo para o site? Seria bom colaboradores em língua portuguesa.

    over 1 year ago

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    Cyndy Parr commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Michаel Frаnkis: Michael -- Curators should use the hide link to hide data records that are incorrect (comment explaining will be helpful; the record will be grayed out for curators but not visible to non-curators).

    You can also promote or remove items from the overview tab (for example, if something occurs in a habitat only rarely, that habitat is not a good one for the overview). Also we've already started to think about the need to re-label terms to be more taxon specific -- we'll certainly be looking for input about the best way to do this. As for spelling variants within English, for that we'd have to allow users to set a preference for one or the other.

    over 1 year ago • edited: over 1 year ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    "EOL has data for ... traits" Is this new feature editable for curators? There are times where the grouping terms are not appropriate for the taxon concerned, such as 'flower' and 'fruit' for Gymnosperms (should be 'strobili' or 'cones'), or 'color' for European, Australian, etc. taxa (should be 'colour'), and other cases where the datum given is incorrect (e.g. for Pinus albicaulis cones, 'brown' should be 'purple') or is missing and could be added.

    over 1 year ago

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    Kai He joined the community "EOL Curators".

    over 1 year ago

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    Yan Wong commented on "EOL Curators":

    Update: I've just made available a facility for searching EoL for media of a specific type, at http://yanwong.me/EOLimagesearch.cgi. Using it to look for public domain images of beetles throws up a number of cases of bad classification, of which the two I mentioned are just a selection. Have a look at http://yanwong.me/EOLimagesearch.cgi?search=beetles&numberofitems=75&mediatype=images&licence=pd

    over 1 year ago

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    Yan Wong commented on "EOL Curators":

    @René Malenfant: Thanks René. I notice that even if the preferred classification is changed, the picture still shows up when, e.g. searching the pages API for beetles (the guitar fish picture, ID 19675473 is about halfway down the results returned from http://eol.org/api/pages/1.0/345.xml?images=75&videos=0&sounds=0&maps=0&text=0&iucn=false&subjects=&licenses=pd . Is there a way of marking the classification as untrusted? Or telling the pages API to only use the preferred classification?

    over 1 year ago • edited: over 1 year ago

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    René Malenfant commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Yan Wong: Fixed.

    over 1 year ago

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    Yan Wong commented on "EOL Curators":

    Why are these http://eol.org/pages/76717/overview http://eol.org/pages/50092/overview listed as beetles?

    over 1 year ago

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    Cyndy Parr commented on "EOL Curators":

    Do we have any botanists or naturalists familiar with Cassia grandis? Some of the best photos on this page are not yet trusted: http://eol.org/pages/704140/worklist

    over 1 year ago

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    Cyndy Parr commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Luis Alessandro Guariento: You'll need to get them into one of the sources we harvest from. For example, a scientific database or Wikipedia. Other ways are to start a Scratchpad (scratchpads.eu, good if you think you'll want to do lots of species) or contribute to http://eolinterns.lifedesks.org/ .

    over 1 year ago

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    Luis Alessandro Guariento commented on "EOL Curators":

    Hi! I'm an assistant curator, this is my first post here. I've noticed that some species of my interest (Scorpiones) are missing. How can I add new taxa, recently described?

    over 1 year ago

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    Nathan Wilson commented on "EOL Curators":

    The problem has been fixed. It was a year rollover problem. Thanks for the report!

    over 1 year ago

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    Nathan Wilson commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Yan Wong: I'm seeing the problem with cropped image as well. Not sure what's going on yet, but we'll look into today.

    over 1 year ago

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    Yan Wong commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Jason Sharp: The forums seem to have settled down now. But the newly cropped images (e.g. http://eol.org/data_objects/26844563) are still not showing up. You're right about waiting: I'll see if they've turned up by tomorrow.

    over 1 year ago

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    Jason Sharp commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Yan Wong: Not sure what is going on. Time seems to take care of some of the issues. A bit of lag perhaps.

    over 1 year ago