Matthew Murphy

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    Yan Wong commented on "EOL Curators":

    Idly looking at vernacular names on EoL. I see Cetacea has a VN of "Cetaceans", which I suspect is only meaningful to biologists. I'd tend to go for "Whales & dolphins", but before I change it, is there any general guidance as to the level of familiarity that EoL aims to target? I see that @Deniz Martinez set the common name manually, which means I should be careful in this case, but I'm interested in the more general argument.

    4 months ago

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    Cyndy Parr commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Yan Wong: I've hidden the confusing NatureServe text. Thanks for spotting the problem!

    4 months ago

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    Bob Corrigan commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Yan Wong: That can't be right… thanks for pointing that out, Yan. By the way, I'd like to chat with you soon about some ideas, let me know when you could be available. bcorrigan at eol dot org.

    4 months ago

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    Yan Wong commented on "EOL Curators":

    http://eol.org/pages/328634/overview appeared as a picture on the EoL home page just now. On the taxon page it says two things which must surely be mutually contradictory:
    IUCN threat status: Extinct (EX)
    occurs (regularly, as a native taxon) in multiple nations TRUSTED © NatureServe Source: NatureServe

    4 months ago • edited: 4 months ago

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    Yan Wong commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Michаel Frаnkis: Both seem to work. For some reason I started using the colon, but https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Transclusion recommends without, so I'd leave it out. Before you go too wild, I've posted something about it on http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Liné1#Transcluding_Taxonavigation_from_category_pages to see if Liné thinks it's a sensible idea.

    I've also done a few hours coding this evening so that the EoL wikimedia harvester will catch these transcluded files. It's not terribly sophisticated: it only looks for text like {{Category:xxx}} in the markup, so it won't spot it if you transclude a Taxonavigation from, say a gallery page. But given that gallery pages contain a whole load of extra text with images etc, I don't think that's a good idea anyway.

    4 months ago

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    Yan Wong commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Katja Schulz: Perhaps I exaggerate. I don't know if it is due to run this weekend anyway. But unless he applies the fix, it will do "rm -force *" in the directory from which php is being run for that session. That might not be too bad (it won't delete folders, or things in folders, only plain files in the same directory). But I don't know your setup, so I wouldn't like to take the risk...

    4 months ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Yan Wong: Hi Yan - thanks! Looks good; I'll use the transclusion format in the future. Can I just double-check, is it {{:Category:Xxxx xxx}} or {{Category:Xxxx xxx}} (with or without a colon), please?

    4 months ago

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    Katja Schulz commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Yan Wong: He is being paged, so hopefully we'll still have a harvesting server next week.

    4 months ago

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    Katja Schulz commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Yan Wong: oh, boy. It's after 6 pm on a Friday evening here. I suspect Patrick is at the pub by now. Is this an emergency?

    4 months ago

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    Yan Wong commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Katja Schulz: Katja - since you seem to be doing EoL stuff, could you give Patrick a nudge to merge the urgent change I've sent him to the Wikimedia Commons harvesting code, otherwise if it's due to run this weekend it could accidentally try to delete all files at the root level of the EoL harvesting server :( Oops.

    4 months ago

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    Katja Schulz commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Yan Wong: I am not aware of any special character restrictions for the ScientificName field in Darwin Core, but you could find out by running a test file through the validator: http://services.eol.org/dwc_validator/

    4 months ago

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    Yan Wong commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Michаel Frаnkis: Another thought - if transcluding the category page works, you could also use this to place the Taxonavigation on the gallery page, so there would only ever be a single place to change if the taxonomy changes. I've done this for the Milvus milvus gallery page. Feel free to revert it if you think that's a bad idea.

    4 months ago

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    Yan Wong commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Michаel Frаnkis: I've just tried it with your Category:Milvus milvus example (have a look at those two pages on Commons). By surrounding the Taxonavigation in <onlyinclude> tags it seems to work without imposing extra categories on the subpage...

    4 months ago • edited: 4 months ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Yan Wong: Yep, that (adding by hand) was what I was thinking. I can see the risk for getting out-of-sync, but that is also the case between categories and their galleries, and it is rare (I only occasionally find cases of it). Transcluding the data is an idea I'd not thought about, certainly worth considering though I have seen cases of it causing problems elsewhere (as currently formulated, it can over-categorise pages so they appear in multiple parent categories). I'll try it on one or two subcats and see what happens. There's been little or no discussion on Commons about it (unless I've missed seeing it of course!).

    Sorry, no idea about Darwin Core, I'm not familiar with it.

    4 months ago

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    Yan Wong commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Michаel Frаnkis: Re: non-breaking spaces. Do you know if DarwinCore allows non-breaking spaces (and other unicode characters) in species and scientificNames? I'm assuming so, otherwise we wouldn't be allowed the × sign. But I also assume that there are limitations restricting the symbols to those basically from the latin character set, to disallow accents, chinese characters, etc in species names.

    4 months ago • edited: 4 months ago

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    Yan Wong commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Michаel Frаnkis: Re: harvesting from subcategories. It sounds like you think it should be done on a case-by-case basis "by hand". The obvious problem here is duplication of the taxonomic information, with the potential for main category and the child to get out-of-sync. One way round that would be to transclude the parent category in each of the children, so e.g. simply place {{:Category:Milvus_milvus}} at the top of Category:Milvus_milvus_in_flight. In this case, you might also way to surround the taxonav box with <onlyinclude> tags too.

    This would work fine on Commons, but for the EoL harvester we would need to code up something specific to look for transcluded taxonomic category names.

    How much has this been discussed on Commons?

    4 months ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Yan Wong: Hi Yan - yes, a non-breaking space would be a good idea. I'd prefer a normal full width space though, as I think it looks better and is less open to misinterpretation.

    4 months ago

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    Yan Wong commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Michаel Frаnkis: Should we use some other sort of space then, such as https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thin_space? Presumably there's an argument to have the space as no-breaking too: you wouldn't want the × and the following word to be on separate lines. It would be good to have some method to keep the × and the following word as essentially the "same word" when parsing the text.

    4 months ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Yan Wong: Hi Yan - "Since you're MPF let me say thanks for all your hard work on Commons classifications. I see you have been tasking yourself with the problem of overcategorization on Commons. I was wondering if we should also try harvesting from child categories of taxonomic entries on Commons"

    Thanks! ;-)
    Harvesting from subcategories ('child categories') is something I've actually been meaning to raise here for a while; yes, I think we should do it, but should be selective in what we do it for. The obvious solution is to add taxonav templates to the categories desired. I've already done so for a few, such as behavioural-based Milvus milvus in flight (170 pics), a species far more often seen in flight than on the ground (Milvus milvus: 16 pics), and location-based Pelecanus onocrotalus in Tanzania (adds an extra 22 pics of natural individuals). It's in my plans to step up the number of such subcategories I add taxonav boxes to. Conversely, I think we should not do it for subcategories like Category:XXX_in_zoos, Category:XXX_(captive), Category:XXX_(cultivated), and similar, as captive / cultivated specimens are (a) much more often misidentified than those in their native habitat, and (b) often atypical in morphology and / or behaviour. With many of such subcategories too, it brings us back to EoL's policy of not wanting to be swamped in photos of pets (a policy with which I agree strongly).

    Adding taxonav templates to suitable subcategories is obviously time-consuming, but is I reckon better (and faster) than selecting pics to add to galleries; and, as you suspect, there are many on Wiki Commons who favour abandoning galleries altogether.

    Hope this helps!

    4 months ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Yan Wong: Hi Yan - "Are we OK with removing the space between the × and the following genus or species name? I gather that's what's recommended by ICBN" - I'd say, definitely not. This is what used to be recommended by ICBN in the 1999 and earlier versions, but was probably also the most widely ignored specification in the ICBN. A while back I did a casual survey of botanical journals and textbooks, and found about 80% of sources checked did use a space after the hybrid symbol. This is now reflected in the changes in newer versions of ICBN (2005 & 2011), which now read:

    "H.3A.1. In named hybrids, the multiplication sign × belongs with the name or epithet but is not actually part of it, and its placement should reflect that relation. The exact amount of space, if any, between the multiplication sign and the initial letter of the name or epithet should depend on what best serves readability."

    A space on both sides of the hybrid symbol definitely serves readability best; if not included, consider e.g. the risk of confusion between the species Rosa xanthina, and the hypothetical hybrid "Rosa ×anthina"; spacing this as Rosa × anthina greatly reduces this risk. It is for this reason that Wiki Commons (and en:wikipedia) include a space after the hybrid symbol.

    4 months ago • edited: 4 months ago