Jennifer Smith

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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?

    about 2 years ago

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    Tom Devitt joined the community "EOL Photographers".

    about 2 years ago

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    Devendra Kumar Maravi joined the community "EOL Photographers".

    about 2 years ago

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    Roderic Page commented on "EOL API Discussion Group":

    @Patrick Leary: HI Patrick, you're right I can do everything here, but if square images are available from EOL it would save a little effort at my end. If you have 88x88 and 130x130 available then listing those URLs would be helpful. Maybe they could be more cleanly rewritten as "small" and "medium" so if you decide that some other size works better, users won't have to rewrite their API client code (maybe the URLs could also specify whether the image was square or proportional).

    over 2 years ago

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    Patrick Leary commented on "EOL API Discussion Group":

    @Roderic Page: replacing the end of the file name with _88_88, or _130_130 should always work... for now. How would you prefer to get the list of images sizes? Should they always be returned with the data object, or conditionally based on a parameter, or would you want there to be a separate method just for image sizes?

    We have a set number of predefined image sizes which are generated and saved to disk - we don't offer any dynamic image resizing services. If we exposed all the image size URLs (2 square, 3 proportionally scaled, and the original) do you still think there would be a need for us to offer a service that accepts user-defined image sizes? For our purposes the pre-generated sizes are sufficient for most needs. More advanced users like yourself could generate their own custom sizes, and others could find a close-enough size and use CSS to scale the image (not ideal but since we have a few options hopefully there isn't a huge amount of wasted bandwidth when downloading something slightly larger than they need). I guess I'm wondering if you think this is a service EOL should offer (essentially a hosted imagemagick) or something the user could do themselves by chaining together services.

    over 2 years ago

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    Roderic Page commented on "EOL API Discussion Group":

    The ability to grab a square thumbnail image for a taxon would be handy. As far as I can tell EOL doesn't provide this via the API, so I end up grabbing the full image, then centring (using ImageMagick's notion of "gravity") and resizing it. Square images have all sorts of uses, including mobile apps (I use them my iPad interface to EOL).

    EOL's web pages display square thumbnails that seem to all end in "_88_88.jpg" (e.g., http://media.eol.org/content/2013/02/03/12/43681_88_88.jpg ). Obviously this is an awful hack, but is there any reason not to construct equivalent URLs for other images and grab those? It would be much easier there was an API call to retrieve a square thumbnail, either of predefined size or user specified.

    over 2 years ago

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    over 2 years ago

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    Cyndy Parr commented on "EOL API Discussion Group":

    @Yan Wong: We might have to change more than the harvesting code for Wikimedia if these are license values that the rest of EOL isn't set up to handle. We can add it to our queue but I don't know how quickly our developers will get to it. Harvesting code for Wikimedia might be on Github, which would mean that it is open source code others could potentially update.

    over 2 years ago

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    一凡 王 joined the community "EOL Learning and Education Community".

    over 2 years ago

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    Amin Sorbi joined the community "EOL Photographers".

    over 2 years ago

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    Cyndy Parr commented on "EOL API Discussion Group":

    @Barb Banbury: I don't see a ticket in our system for this. I'll add it -- if it is considered a bug it might get fixed on Monday (our bug fix day) but I can't promise. Can you work around it?

    over 2 years ago

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    Barb Banbury commented on "EOL API Discussion Group":

    I know this has been mentioned, but I thought I would add that I am waiting for a fix on the taxon search without quotes as well. For example, http://eol.org/api/search/1.0.xml?q=Ursus+arctos&page=1&exact=true should return he same as http://eol.org/api/search/1.0.xml?q=%22Ursus+arctos%22&page=1&exact=true, but it doesn't.

    over 2 years ago

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    Tracy Barbaro commented on "EOL Learning and Education Community":

    @Sam Owens: Hi Sam! Welcome to the Learning and Education Community! Please check out the community links (just updated them today!) and let us know if we can be of any help. We'd love to hear your ideas about how to use EOL in the classroom!

    over 2 years ago

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    Tracy Barbaro changed the description of the community "EOL Learning and Education Community".

    over 2 years ago

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    Yan Wong commented on "EOL API Discussion Group":

    @Patrick Leary:
    "The pages API returns objects sorted first by type, next by vetted status, then by data rating"

    only it doesn't always. For example, try http://eol.org/api/pages/1.0/1179006.json?images=2&text=0&iucn=false&subjects=overview&licenses=pd%7Ccc-by&details=true&common_names=true&references=false&vetted=0 which returns 2 images, the first of which is untrusted, the second of which is trusted.

    over 2 years ago

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    Yan Wong commented on "EOL API Discussion Group":

    @Patrick Leary: Re: CC-Zero, CC-PD-Mark, I'm aware that many lovely images scanned from old books and now on Wikimedia Commons are tagged using CC-PD-Mark (e.g. http://eol.org/data_objects/17769448). I wondered if these could be automatically tagged by the WikiCommons scraping algorithm, so that the url in the license field is http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/.

    over 2 years ago

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    Yan Wong commented on "EOL API Discussion Group":

    @Patrick Leary: Personally, I don't mind if optional API fields are either not returned, or returned blank. I suppose not returning them saves some bandwidth, so is marginally preferable. What is more important to me is that the possibilities for each field are documented somewhere.

    over 2 years ago • edited: over 2 years ago

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    Yan Wong commented on "EOL API Discussion Group":

    @Patrick Leary:
    "The pages API returns objects sorted first by type, next by vetted status, then by data rating"

    Excellent. That's exactly what I wanted to know, and what I had hoped. Thank you. Might it be a good idea to add this to the documentation?

    over 2 years ago • edited: over 2 years ago

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    Sam Owens joined the community "EOL Learning and Education Community".

    over 2 years ago

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    Sam Owens joined the community "EOL Discussion Group".

    over 2 years ago