Patrick Leary

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    Hans-Martin Braun added the English common name "fragrant cananga" to "".

    almost 2 years ago

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    Roderic Page commented on "EOL API Discussion Group":

    @Patrick Leary: Thanks Patrick. Of course, now I can't reproduce the bug. But yesterday, I swear, for me it was not working with cURL unless the cache_ttl parameter was included. I know it can be difficult to communicate API changes, but email and/or Twitter would also help. I get fairly regular emails from NCBi, for example, where they warn if anything is going to change.

    almost 2 years ago

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    Yan Wong commented on "EOL API Discussion Group":

    @Patrick Leary: So _88_88 and _130_130 are the suffixes for square thumbnail images. I see that _98_68 is the suffix for one of the 3 sizes of proportional thumbnails? I'd be grateful to know the suffixes for the other sizes of proportional thumbnails.

    almost 2 years ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Jennifer Hammock: The obvious option here is for Flickr contributors not to add pics to the EOL Flickr Group until the photo has been identified to their satisfaction. Flickr has various ID groups where unidentified organisms can be posted for identification; pics of uncertain ID could be added to those, and then added to the EOL Group later once identified.

    almost 2 years ago

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    Jennifer Hammock commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Jason Sharp: So, Jason, supposing we create a new Admin tool and EOL admin set you as a Tructed Flickr Contributor, so by default your photos came to the platform pre-Trusted. You wouldn't need to visit them all to flip them to Trusted, BUT, if you post a flickr image or two that you would like to share with us, but you're not sure of the ID, those would come to us Trusted, like the others. It might then in a sense "be your responsibility" to visit those images and curate them to Unreviewed. I imagine that for some people this would be a lot less curation work. On the other hand, maybe it's too complicated/confusing?

    almost 2 years ago

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    Yan Wong commented on "EOL API Discussion Group":

    @Nathan Wilson: Thanks. I've just seen that there is a little documentation on this, actually: http://eol.org/info/54#crop

    almost 2 years ago • edited: almost 2 years ago

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    Nathan Wilson commented on "EOL API Discussion Group":

    Just fixed the example image. I believe the intent is to make the cropping available to all curators including assistant curators.

    almost 2 years ago

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    Yan Wong commented on "EOL API Discussion Group":

    @Jeff Holmes:

    Sure - it's from http://eol.org/data_objects/5902712

    For the majority, I think a single version is good enough. Maybe the tool should be available to curators?

    Out of interest, are you likely to rename the thumbnails to "small_square", "small_proportional", or the like? I don't have strong views on the matter, though, and I guess you could just provide both options via redirects

    almost 2 years ago • edited: almost 2 years ago

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    Jeff Holmes commented on "EOL API Discussion Group":

    @Yan Wong: We do have a tool that is available to admin users that does let us adjust thumbnails but only one version can be saved. I'll have a go at fixing the one you mentioned... Can you provide a link to that page?

    almost 2 years ago

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    Jeff Holmes commented on "EOL API Discussion Group":

    @Yan Wong: I encourage the building of tools on EOL to let users add value to content that is aggregated. For images, I'd like to see an editor that enables a user to crop a thumbnail as desired and save their version back to EOL for others to use as well. Currently, we have 2 sizes of thumbnails with the ability to have only one version of each - it would be nice to have more options available.

    almost 2 years ago

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    Yan Wong commented on "EOL API Discussion Group":

    @Roderic Page:

    With reference to thumbnails, there are (of course) some unfortunate effects of creating non-proportional thumbnails. Here's an amusing one: http://media.eol.org/content/2012/06/15/04/39036_130_130.jpg.

    In this case the effect is avoidable, I think. Is there any way for curators to change the centering of individual thumbnails for specific pictures on EoL, so as to override the default options? For people using thumbnails, that might save some duplication of effort in looking through thumbnails to see which are sensible and which are not.

    Of course, a nicer way to do this would be to pick the centre of the image programmatically, but I guess that's staggeringly hard, even if the task is just confined to vertebrates.

    almost 2 years ago

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    Jeff Holmes commented on "EOL API Discussion Group":

    @Patrick Leary: I think what we need is an email option in the account settings that says "I want to receive technical notifications from EOL". That way developers could be notified beforehand as well so they would have a chance to monitor the changes more closely.

    almost 2 years ago

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    Patrick Leary commented on "EOL API Discussion Group":

    @Roderic Page: The API changed in that an new optional parameter cache_ttl was added, but that should not have any impact on existing use of the API. The cache_ttl parameter is optional, and the responses from all requests that choose not to use it should not have changed.

    I just tried a few uses of cURL with no problem. On the command line:
    curl http://eol.org/api/search_by_provider/1.0/180542?hierarchy_id=903

    And in PHP (using PHP 5.3.15):
    $ch = curl_init();
    curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL, 'http://eol.org/api/search_by_provider/1.0/180542.json?hierarchy_id=903');
    curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1);
    $result = json_decode(curl_exec($ch));
    echo $result[0]->eol_page_id."\n";

    Can you provide an example where you are seeing a problem? As for announcing API changes I agree we need better communication. This was part of the reason we developed a forum, and that forum does include a post about the new cache_ttl parameter. I realize I did not make a similar post to this group, so I will make sure to share information about API releases more widely next time.

    almost 2 years ago • edited: almost 2 years ago

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    Roderic Page commented on "EOL API Discussion Group":

    Argh, the API has changed, causing me to waste time trying to debug code that worked previously.
    Turns out I now need to add now need to add &cache_ttl= to http://eol.org/api/docs/search_by_provider API to get anything back if I'm calling the API from a script (e.g. cURL in PHP).
    Guys, can please we have some way of being notified of these changes?

    almost 2 years ago

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    Jason Sharp commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Jennifer Hammock: I am a little confused on this 'follow up'.

    almost 2 years ago

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    Katja Schulz added "Hystrix Alstrup & Olech 1993" to the collection "Homonyms on EOL".

    almost 2 years ago

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    Katja Schulz added an unknown item to the collection "Homonyms on EOL".

    almost 2 years ago

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    Jennifer Hammock commented on "EOL Curators":

    Okay, here's a followup scenario for those of you who both curate and post images via flickr: As a curator, if you had an occasional photo coming in that you weren't sure of, you *could* visit those photos yourself and mark them unreviewed. Anyone want to hazard an opinion, "sure, I'd bother to do that" or "not likely, you're lucky I have time to do one kind of activity"? Thanks!

    about 2 years ago

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    Patrick Coin commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Jennifer Hammock: Yes, certifying certain Flickr contributors as "pre-trusted" is a great idea. That would save huge amounts of time. Since I became a curator, for instance, I've spent quite a bit of time finding my images on EOL and trusting them. It is very tedious, especially since the delay in harvesting can be long. Certainly there should be some process to approve certain reliable contributors in this fashion. I agree that the benefit would outweigh the occasional error. (And, as others have mentioned, there are some errors anyway in already pre-trusted images from institutions--inevitable in a project of this scope.)

    about 2 years ago

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    Valter Jacinto commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Jason Sharp: I think flickr images should be pre-trusting to EOL. Some errors are normal... Some curators take years to curate a few images!

    about 2 years ago