John P. Sullivan

ichthyologist

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    Jennifer Hammock commented on "EOL Curators":

    Attention, Invertebrate Zoologists with US citizenship: Smithsonian seeks Research Zoologist

    almost 2 years ago

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    Jennifer Hammock commented on "EOL Curators":

    Greetings, EOL curators. May I introduce Peter Everill, one of our new EOL interns? Peter is composing articles on habitats and other general subjects that touch on large numbers of species. Each article is attached to a starter list of taxa already. I hope you will find his work well-referenced and scholarly, but please feel free to leave him feedback. If the articles meet with your approval, please consider trusting some of the species links, or adding taxa of your own if he has neglected your favorites! Peter's topics so far center on marine habitats and conservation biology:

    Microbial Life of Deep-Sea Anoxic Brine Pools

    Human Harvest of Invasive Species

    Whale-Fall Communities

    Communities of Stellwagon Bank, Pelagic and Benthic

    Pleistocene Re-wilding

    almost 2 years ago • edited: almost 2 years ago

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    Eli Sarnat commented on "Scratchpads Community":

    @Jiri Hulcr: Thanks for confirming, Jiri. Internet connection speed doesn't seem to affect site speed. The amount of data being transferred is usually relatively low, but whatever processes are going on within the site are often excruciatingly slow are many times cause operations to timeout. I really hope they can improve the performance.

    almost 2 years ago

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    Jiri Hulcr commented on "Scratchpads Community":

    Eli, Yes, it is surprisingly slow, even if I am on a superfast University connection.

    almost 2 years ago

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    Eli Sarnat commented on "Scratchpads Community":

    For those of you with SP2 sites, do you find the response time of your site to be abnormally slow relative to other websites? I find administrative tasks take an extremely long time to load and even simple operations like loading taxon description pages are quite sluggish. I assumed this is the case across all SP2 sites, but am now wondering if it might be an issue with how my site is configured. Even when I disable things like 'Lexicon' , the site performance is still frustratingly slow.

    almost 2 years ago

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    Eli Sarnat commented on "Scratchpads Community":

    In asnwer to Jiri's question regarding how to bulk import image metadata into SP2, Laurence posted this..."@Jiri Hulcr: Hi Jiri, you can find batch file metadata import under the Import> Files - Excel file update> Images then click on the "Excel template file for updating"."

    almost 2 years ago • edited: almost 2 years ago

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    Eli Sarnat commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Jiri Hulcr: Just saw this message but it looks like Laurence already answered . I'll go ahead and re-post Vince's response to the Scratchpad Community (http://eol.org/communities/122/newsfeed)

    almost 2 years ago • edited: almost 2 years ago

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    Leo Shapiro commented on "EOL Curators":

    This situation seems to arise infrequently enough that when it happens we simply put in a request to our developers to re-harvest the specific set of images in question. If you just directly email me (lshapiro@eol.org) a list of requested image urls for re-harvest, I can make sure this request gets submitted.

    almost 2 years ago

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    Steve Baskauf commented on "EOL Curators":

    Is there a way to cause particular images to be reharvested from their source? I have provided some images which were corrupted during the process of uploading them to our server. They have now been replaced on our server with uncorrupted versions, but forcing reharvest of metadata and new images does not have an effect on the previously harvested images at EOL.

    almost 2 years ago

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    Jamie McMillan commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Michаel Frаnkis: Michael - I've requested it now and we'll see if it appears.

    almost 2 years ago

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    Jamie McMillan commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Cyndy Parr: Thanks. Makes more sense now - I was trying to cut and paste the Wiki article into the text box instead of requesting an import.

    almost 2 years ago

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    Cyndy Parr commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Jamie McMillan: 1) We pretty much bring in all the content from the Wikipedia page but we don't separate out the references -- they'll just be at the bottom of the object on EOL. 2) Instructions for finding the Wikipedia permalink are here: http://eol.org/wikipedia_imports/new Give it a few days to see if it gets successfully harvested.

    almost 2 years ago

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    Nathan Wilson commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Joanne Taylor: Propagating classifications down the tree is definitely still on the wish list, but development is not yet planned. However, the short story is if you want it done soon, you're going to have to do it by hand. This issue is near and dear to me since I have same problem for the fungal genus Amanita which has about 1300 species listed in EOL. However, if it isn't urgent, then you could wait as I expect it will get done eventually. Right now there's a bunch of stuff that we consider to have higher priority. Getting feedback from the EOL Curators is a great way to raise its priority. However, the software team (which I lead) doesn't think this will be an easy feature to implement. Some of the challenges we have are what do you do as you go through the tree and find other existing nodes that have already had a preferred classification set? One notion is that you keep track of where the classification was explicitly set and where it was inferred. Then you stop when you come to a node where it has been explicitly set, but how do you report that in a clear way to the user and is there anything they can do about it? There are also some nasty problems when classifications change. Another option would be to walk up the tree looking for nodes where the classification has been set. However, due to supporting multiple classification, there can be any number of chains of ancestors and there's nothing forcing them to have the same selected classification. For example, if you've selected Catalog of Life as the preferred classification for Chordata, but NCBI as preferred for Coelurosauria, what do you do for Aves since the first is the parent of Aves according to CoL, but the second is the parent in NCBi? Hope this helps!

    almost 2 years ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Jamie McMillan: Can't see why the wikipedia article isn't there. It doesn't depend on the English name, it is harvested from the scientific name in the taxobox, and that's correctly formatted.

    almost 2 years ago

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    Jamie McMillan commented on "EOL Curators":

    Trying to add Wikipedia content to Agrotis ipsilon, I think missed as it didn't have the UK common name Dark Sword-grass attached. 1) Is it the whole article with all the contents, refs etc, or just bits? 2) Can't work out how to change the Wiki URL to a permalink. Thanks.

    almost 2 years ago

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    Joanne Taylor commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Bob Corrigan: Just wondering if you are still looking at allowing 'propogating down' when selecting a preferred classification? Just started on the big squatty genus Munidopsis (over 200 species) and I want them all to follow the same classification without having to select each one manually. Can you please update me on whether you are still considering this before I waste a whole heap of time? Many thanks, Jo

    almost 2 years ago

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    Katja Schulz commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Priscila Chaverri: Please add your suggested changes directly on the image page. This helps us to understand the context, and the provider of the image and the description is also notified of your concerns.

    almost 2 years ago

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    Priscila Chaverri commented on "EOL Curators":

    I have noticed something about the descriptions of some of the species in the Hypocreales (e.g. Hypomyces, Hypocrea). For example, one description of a species of Hypomyces says: "Title: Infected fruitbodies - close-up Type: standard photograph or close-up Camera: NikonD100+T90 Russula emetica on deformed gills. Summary: Deforming gills of Russula emetica Site: Curr Wood Country: Scotland More info..." How is this information imported from the source? It really should read something like this: Title: Infected fruitbodies - close-up Type: standard photograph or close-up Camera: NikonD100+T90 Hypomyces xxxx on deformed gills of Russula emetica. Summary: Deforming gills of Russula emetica Site: Curr Wood Country: Scotland More info... As a curator, what can I do about this?

    almost 2 years ago

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    Katja Schulz commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Priscila Chaverri: It depends on the particular case. If the current name is represented in one of the classifications in the Names tab, you can change the name of the taxon page by selecting that classification as the preferred one. If the current name is on another EOL page, the pages need to be merged. Please put them on the Taxon Concept Management To Do List.

    almost 2 years ago

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    Priscila Chaverri commented on "EOL Curators":

    If there are problems with the nomenclature in EoL, how can we fix that? For example, there are some names in Fungi that are not current even when Index Fungorum is using the current ones.

    almost 2 years ago