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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  • Profile picture of Richard Glor who took this action.

    Richard Glor commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Michаel Frаnkis: I agree with Michael and have also inadvertently created exemplars when trying to click on a thumbnail.

    about 2 years ago

  • Profile picture of Leo Shapiro who took this action.

    Leo Shapiro commented on "EOL Curators":

    Michael, You are not the first person from whom I've heard this exact concern. Well, actually, you're the second. Are there more of you out there?

    about 2 years ago

  • Profile picture of Michаel Frаnkis who took this action.

    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    Too easy to hit 'Set as exemplar' accidentally?

    Several times I've created an exemplar unintentionally, just by clicking on a thumbnail anywhere in its lower third. Can it be re-set so that one has to click right on the actual target ring?

    about 2 years ago

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    Patrick Coin commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Jason Sharp: Thanks, that is very helpful--I had not realized the function of that tab.

    about 2 years ago

  • Profile picture of Jason Sharp who took this action.

    Jason Sharp commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Michаel Frаnkis: I use the 'worklist' tab on the taxon page to check images faster than going to each seperate image page. I'm not sure if all curators are aware of that tab.

    about 2 years ago

  • Profile picture of David Eickhoff who took this action.

    David Eickhoff commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Leo Shapiro: Yes, I agree with Michael. A bulk "Trust" option would be very helpful & less daunting than one-by-one.

    about 2 years ago

  • Profile picture of Maria del Rosario Castañeda who took this action.

    Maria del Rosario Castañeda commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Leo Shapiro: Yes!! It would save a lot of time to be able to trust several images at once!

    about 2 years ago

  • Profile picture of Leo Shapiro who took this action.

    Leo Shapiro commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Michаel Frаnkis: Hi Michael, I know there have been discussions regarding a mechanism for bulk trusting, but it isn't yet scheduled for work. Would others on this list find this helpful?

    about 2 years ago

  • Profile picture of Michаel Frаnkis who took this action.

    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    Bulk trusting of images?

    At times, it would be nice to be able to trust a set of several images together in one go, without having to visit each image page individually; doing so would save a lot of time. I mention this as I have just added nearly 40 images of a taxon to that taxon's page on wiki Commons; in 2 or 3 weeks, all 40 will show up here to be reviewed. As I verified the images before adding them to the Commons page, I already know they are all trustable. But it will take ages to trust each one individually.

    Is this something that could be made feasible?

    about 2 years ago

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    Leo Shapiro commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Patrick Coin: No, you can't edit an article written by someone else (as you can on Wikipedia), but if you see an error I would encourage you to add a comment pointing it out.

    about 2 years ago

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    about 2 years ago

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    about 2 years ago

  • Profile picture of Leslie Ries who took this action.

    Leslie Ries commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Michаel Frаnkis: I wasn't talking about US maps- I was talking about regional maps that are more complete than the global GBIF maps. So, those could be European, African, whatever. Just that if there is a map that is in only part of the species' range, and it was fairly complete, maybe that should be given precedence over a global map that is incomplete (with the caveat that it doesn't represent the full range).

    about 2 years ago

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    about 2 years ago

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    Katja Schulz commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Quentin Groom: Due to technical limitations, we cannot currently show any of the GBIF maps in the Overview. But we are planning to eventually. For the time being, curators can influence which map is shown in the overview through rating the map thumbnails in the Maps tab. The map with the highest rating will be shown in the Overview.

    about 2 years ago

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    Paddy Patterson commented on "EOL Curators":

    It's back to 'User beware!', and more pressure on primary data sources to mobilize their data so they are available to GBIF.

    about 2 years ago

  • Profile picture of Michаel Frаnkis who took this action.

    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Leslie Ries: When you're dealing with North American endemic species, that's a fair comment. But a USA-only map given automatic first place for e.g. a European endemic species with a small introduced population in the USA is, frankly, an insult to European users of EOL, as though their native populations are irrelevant and/or don't exist, because "only the USA matters".

    about 2 years ago

  • Profile picture of Leslie Ries who took this action.

    Leslie Ries commented on "EOL Curators":

    I actually disagree that an incomplete, global map should be given precedence over a more informative local map. If a local map gives complete information, it could be accompanied by a note saying this doesn't represent the entire range. However, if people see a global map, they may easily interpret it to be giving a somewhat "complete" picture. Those GBIF maps are so biased towards the areas where a coordinated effort has been made to digitize content or upload sightings (as in eBird). I work mainly on North American butterflies, which have very few GBIF records for the US. For me, those GBIF maps are maddening!

    about 2 years ago

  • Profile picture of Paddy Patterson who took this action.

    Paddy Patterson commented on "EOL Curators":

    But, while GBIF might be of global scope, it frequently has so few data as to also provide a false understanding of known distribution. Better to educate users as to the risks. That said, sources that offer a global perspective should take priority over sources that have a geographically limited context.

    about 2 years ago

  • Profile picture of Michаel Frаnkis who took this action.

    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Quentin Groom: Agree fully, this is a major issue; those NatureServe maps should not appear first, particularly for taxa that are not native in North America. One thing that can be done for the moment is to rate them with a single star rating (see e.g. here), then they drop below the GBIF map and are replaced by it on the overview page. But this requires action for every taxon, a huge task; it would be vastly better if the NatureServe maps could be given a default one- or two-star rating so they appear below the GBIF maps automatically.

    about 2 years ago