Bob Corrigan

EOL Director of Operations

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    Eduard Solà added the Catalan common name "Porc fer" to "Sus scrofa Linnaeus, 1758".

    over 1 year ago

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    Eduard Solà added the Catalan common name "Porc senglar" to "Sus scrofa Linnaeus, 1758".

    over 1 year ago

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    Eduard Solà added the Catalan common name "Senglar" to "Sus scrofa Linnaeus, 1758".

    over 1 year ago

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    Yan Wong commented on "EOL Discussion Group":

    @Cyndy Parr: I've just had a quick play with classifying map images on EoL - since I've downloaded 738 pd/cc-by images to play with, of which 25 are maps (one for each placental mammal, as it happens). A first-pass is to see how well they compress using different methods. If you plot the compression ratios achieved using jpg and png compression, a good whack of the maps cluster in an obvious group. Have a look at http://www.yanwong.me/placentalmapclassification.pdf (images that are maps are marked in red). The EoL image name is written in tiny letters on each point, if you want to check up on them, but I don't know if these are unique names. It might take a few minutes longer for me to figure out how to put the EoL object id there instead. I've got a quick perl script that will calculate this in-memory, without saving jpg and png files to disk - you could try it on your maps collection. I've also got a few ideas for improving the clustering, but it seems a reasonable start.

    over 1 year ago

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    Yan Wong commented on "EOL Discussion Group":

    @Cyndy Parr: Ah - thanks.

    over 1 year ago

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    Cyndy Parr commented on "EOL Discussion Group":

    @Yan Wong: Nope, go to http://www.iucnredlist.org/search and search for Apis mellifera. It hasn't been assessed yet. Assessment is an arduous process and looks like only about 4000 insects have been looked at. I looked at a few and they were lepidoptera and odonates. Only 165 hymenoptera are on the list.

    over 1 year ago • edited: over 1 year ago

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    Yan Wong commented on "EOL Discussion Group":

    @Roderic Page: Thanks Rod (by the way, I'm an ex-student of yours). Still puzzled that there isn't IUCN data for the default page search on Apis mellifera - I assume IUCN knows about this one :)

    over 1 year ago

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    Cyndy Parr commented on "EOL Discussion Group":

    @Yan Wong: For historical reasons, we have two paths for info from IUCN...one for the status field at the top of the overview, and the other for the content on the details tab. I think the latter has the most up-to-date data even for the status field and we should look into getting rid of the former collection to avoid confusion.

    over 1 year ago

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    Roderic Page commented on "EOL Discussion Group":

    @Yan Wong: The vast majority of species on the planet are not covered by the IUCN (nor are they likely to be). The IUCN site suggests some 65,000 species have been assessed http://www.iucnredlist.org/about/summary-statistics (see Fig. 2). EOL has two IUCN lists (why?), the largest http://eol.org/collections/309 has 63097 taxa.

    over 1 year ago

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    Yan Wong commented on "EOL Discussion Group":

    @Cyndy Parr: Thanks a lot. I've joined the API community now. Is there any reason when I go to http://eol.org/api/docs/pages/1.0 and run the default test search but with IUCN=true, I don't get any IUCN data? I thought that every species had an IUCN classification?

    over 1 year ago

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    Cyndy Parr commented on "EOL Discussion Group":

    @Yan Wong: Vernacular names data often comes to EOL dirty (or we mangle it, not sure which yet). Any curator can fix it by going to the common names tab such as http://eol.org/pages/328450/names/common_names (I fixed Mus musculus. Though I don't know the best French name I picked the one that had the most sources). If you regularly get scientific names as vernaculars, you might want to design your program to go back and get another vernacular. There are often other options in each language. Also, I invite you to join our API community. http://eol.org/communities/121/newsfeed

    over 1 year ago

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    Cyndy Parr commented on "EOL Discussion Group":

    @Yan Wong: Maps as images are a frustrating problem. I'm manually collecting examples in this collection: http://eol.org/collections/23389 . The problem is that often our providers can't tell us that they are maps. In other cases we just don't have the time to go back to providers and revise the exports. Someone could probably write code to automatically flag possible maps based on image or caption characteristics. Google Summer of Code project, anyone?

    over 1 year ago

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    Yan Wong commented on "EOL Discussion Group":

    By the way, I'm no expert in French, but surely this can't be a correct "vernacular name" returned by the pages API: { "vernacularName": "Mus musculus", "language": "fr", "eol_preferred": true },

    over 1 year ago

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    Yan Wong joined the community "EOL Discussion Group".

    over 1 year ago

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    Yan Wong commented on "EOL Discussion Group":

    I'm trying to automatically scrape images of organisms for http://www.onezoom.org/ . Some of the images associated with species are distribution maps (e.g. http://eol.org/data_objects/14840166), and I'm getting some of these in my downloads. Is there a system for identifying and flagging these up as maps rather than organism images? Also, I have some automated scripts to get images & construct image attribution lines from a large file of species names, if anyone is interested.

    over 1 year ago

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    Cyndy Parr commented on "EOL Discussion Group":

    @Bart C.: We're working on a better way to upload a batch of taxa into a collection. But there is a way you can do this right now -- use the spreadsheet upload method as if you are adding content to EOL. Then you can copy to a "fresh" collection so you can easily add and subtract new pages from there. Feel free to contact Jen Hammock who can help you.

    over 1 year ago

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    Bart C. commented on "EOL Discussion Group":

    Would it be possible to construct and submit a list of species you want to add to a collection via a spreadsheet? I am a member of group of naturalists that want to establish fauna lists for our working area. We want to publish this on our website. A link to an EOL collection would be perfect to update annotations instantly, without bothering our webmaster too much and have additional information about those species one click away for our visitors. Adding hundreds of species one by one to a collection and adding annotations and references via the EOL one by one is a bit too much.

    over 1 year ago • edited: over 1 year ago

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    Jeff Holmes added text to "Fact Card" on "Panthera leo (Linnaeus, 1758)".

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    over 1 year ago

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    trobertson commented on "EOL Curators":

    Hi all, @Constantine Wing Heng Lau @Cyndy Parr I will contact Discover Life but please see the DL page for that record [1] which states "decimal latitude_longitude from gazetteer ••• 41.1_-85.1". DL are automatically (and too optimistically) using a reverse geocoding to provide coordinates based on textual information on the record. The record published through GBIF [2] does not contain coordinates and the GBIF network content does not appear at first glance to be particularly problematic for that species [3]. I hope this helps explain the content you are seeing. Best wishes, Tim - Systems architect, GBIF [1] http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20l?id=GBIF50315052&btxt=Encyclopedia+of+Life&burl=www.eol.org/pages/311781 [2] http://data.gbif.org/occurrences/50312715 [3] http://data.gbif.org/species/2435451/

    over 1 year ago

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    Cyndy Parr commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Constantine Wing Heng Lau: Please click through to the map object page (http://eol.org/data_objects/21430628) and leave your comment so that the source and other visitors will know there is a problem. You can untrust and hide the map but again, give an explanation so that the source can fix the problem. This can also be a problem with our GBIF maps which currently are not curatable. We are aware and hope to improve this in the future.

    over 1 year ago