Michаel Frаnkis

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "Image of an unknown taxon":

    Prunus sp.

    about 15 hours ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Yan Wong: That would be good, though I fear that - because of cuts in funding - NOAA probably don't have anyone who can spare the time to add the relevant photos to the EoL Group. If they blanket-added everything in their photostream to the EoL Group, we'd be left wading through hundreds (? thousands) of irrelevant photos (like this) of no use to us. Tricky!

    1 day ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "File:Young boy slicing cabbage.jpg":

    Taxon insignificant in photo

    3 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    I've uploaded a couple to Commons as starters (for ones where I knew the species name); I didn't get any 'already at commons' warning, so (at least the newer ones) aren't in general on yet:
    here and here

    4 days ago • edited: 4 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Yan Wong: The other option would be to add them all to wiki commons, the license is suitable. But they'd need identifying and adding to their respective named categories.

    4 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "Yan Wong":

    @Michаel Frаnkis: Done Sisymbrium loeselii; helped by one of the photo sets being by someone (AnRo0002) I've found very reliable.

    8 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Yan Wong: Re that habitat photo - that one's tricky, as none of the listed taxa are visible in the photo. So it has to be taken on trust that they are present there, it can't be independently verified. Normally I'd give habitat photos a fairly high mark if the taxon is visible in it (more important than e.g. garden or zoo portraits, which aren't natural), but in this case, a lower rating is probably better.

    8 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on Michаel Frаnkis's newsfeed:

    @Yan Wong: Hi Yan - re Sisymbrium loeselii, I'll take a look, but it isn't a species I'm hugely familiar with so I'll need to read up a bit before I do.

    8 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on Michаel Frаnkis's newsfeed:

    Finding a lot of images with this message:

    The association to Xxxxxx xxxxxx cannot be curated because it is being previewed after a harvest.

    Anything that can be done with them, other than wait a few days and Try to remember to revisit?

    9 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Yan Wong: Can't see anything wrong with your edit at Commons; the only thing I can think of is adding the map category has put it in a queue to reappear in the map section of Diplobatis colombiensis (though it isn't there yet) rather than in the pics section.

    9 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "File:Dipsacus fullonum comb.jpg":

    It was wrongly categorised as "D. sativus" at Commons, so appeared on that page here as well. I've recategorised it so it'll disappear from there at the next Commons harvest. Though the entire Commons "D. sativus" category needs reclassifying, as it's only a subspecies (if that - cultivar group is probably better) of D. fullonum.

    9 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "Conservation Status":

    Not relevant here: Conservation Status is decided solely on the basis of natural populations; the presence – or removal – of non-native exotic populations doesn't affect the Conservation Status.

    12 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Scott Ellsworth: Aye, copyright issues can be a complicated mess! You can remove affected photos from EoL by removing them from Flickr, or just by removing them from the EoL group (remove the tags, etc.). The other option is to ask the Museum staff for permission; they may well be happy to allow it for a non-commercial educational site like EoL, but you'd need to include a statement on the pics that permission has been obtained.

    Skeletons - hmm, never thought about them! I suspect that since they are natural items they are therefore not copyrightable (just as you can't copyright an animal at a zoo to prevent people publishing photos of it . . . though some zoos try to do so, illegally!!*). But a case could be made too that the work involved in articulating a set of bones into a specimen is copyrightable like a sculpture. I would guess it is safe though, as Wiki Commons has numerous photos of articulated skeletons, and they are pretty careful about copyright issues there.

    * I was also told some time ago by a security person at RBG Edinburgh that I wasn't allowed to publish any photos of plants I took in the gardens, only to take them for personal use. An illegal claim, and unenforceable too. Just an empty threat.

    12 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Scott Ellsworth: Actually, a bit of a tricky one for other reasons - the pic of those Megacerops is copyright of the artist at Denver Museum of Nature and Science; you don't unfortunately have any right to reproduce their work and then release it as a derivative work under a creative commons license. In some countries (e.g. Britain, Germany), a work of art like this on public display can be reproduced like this legally (called 'Freedom of Panorama'), but this doesn't apply in the USA, or e.g. France. You can read more about it here at wiki commons. Hope this helps!

    13 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Yan Wong: It has © All Rights Reserved at the bottom of the page, so we can't use it here unfortunately.

    16 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "Image of an unknown taxon":

    A Rosa cultivar; not R. rubiginosa

    24 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Scott Ellsworth: If the photos are properly tagged, then they are imported automatically, provided they also carry a suitable Creative Commons license. Best to check if they are licensed, and also check for any typos in the machine tags.

    30 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "Nuphar advena, Rootstock. 1902. Nuphar advena.":

    misfiled

    about 1 month ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    Duplicate pages: http://eol.org/pages/631280/overview and http://eol.org/pages/38652753/overview Can they be merged, please!

    about 1 month ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on an older version of African spurred tortoise:

    Pretty rubbishy stuff from wikipedia there; it also needs to be updated to remove all that archaic 17th century imperialist cr@p in the measurements, as well as more accurate information.

    about 1 month ago