Curating Content on EOL
As a Fellow, you must be registered as an EOL curator. You will most likely have registered while preparing your proposal. (If you haven't, log in to your EOL account, visit your profile, click the "edit profile" button and follow the instructions to apply for curator status.) Depending on your group of interest, there may be a great deal of content on EOL that you could curate, or almost none. Discuss with the Fellows Coordinator how curation activity fits in with your content plan. It may be, for instance, that curating contributions from Flickr or Wikipemedia Commons will be an important strategy for assembling trusted images for your organisms. Curation activity is tracked on EOL and you will receive credit for it, both publicly on the pages that you curate, and toward your content goal. Even if curation of other people's images is not important for your project, when your very best photograph gets posted to EOL, you may wish to pay it a visit and rank it highly so it displays prominently on the taxon page.
Regardless, it is important to be familiar with curation tools; this will facilitate outreach and recruiting among your peers, an important Fellows activity. Becoming an EOL curator is an important contribution but a fairly manageable one, with no minimum time commitment, and you may find this is one of the easiest things you can persuade your colleagues to try.
Please read the EOL Curators Overview. Explore any links that interest you, but be sure not to miss:
- Curation Standards - guidance for curators
- Information for Curators - how to use the tools, in detail
Three places you should visit:
- the edit page for your user profile, where you can at any time update your curator scope and credentials.
- the Worklist tab on the taxon page of your Genus, Family, Order or Class of interest. This is the easiest place to keep an eye on new material that might need your attention.
- the Media tab of the same taxon page. You can also filter this page by object type or curation status, and sort by several variables, so this is another popular place to curate or rate media objects.