Kristen Lans

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    Yan Wong commented on "EOL API Discussion Group":

    @Jeff Holmes:

    Sure - it's from http://eol.org/data_objects/5902712

    For the majority, I think a single version is good enough. Maybe the tool should be available to curators?

    Out of interest, are you likely to rename the thumbnails to "small_square", "small_proportional", or the like? I don't have strong views on the matter, though, and I guess you could just provide both options via redirects

    over 1 year ago • edited: over 1 year ago

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    Jeff Holmes commented on "EOL API Discussion Group":

    @Yan Wong: We do have a tool that is available to admin users that does let us adjust thumbnails but only one version can be saved. I'll have a go at fixing the one you mentioned... Can you provide a link to that page?

    over 1 year ago

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    Jeff Holmes commented on "EOL API Discussion Group":

    @Yan Wong: I encourage the building of tools on EOL to let users add value to content that is aggregated. For images, I'd like to see an editor that enables a user to crop a thumbnail as desired and save their version back to EOL for others to use as well. Currently, we have 2 sizes of thumbnails with the ability to have only one version of each - it would be nice to have more options available.

    over 1 year ago

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    Yan Wong commented on "EOL API Discussion Group":

    @Roderic Page:

    With reference to thumbnails, there are (of course) some unfortunate effects of creating non-proportional thumbnails. Here's an amusing one: http://media.eol.org/content/2012/06/15/04/39036_130_130.jpg.

    In this case the effect is avoidable, I think. Is there any way for curators to change the centering of individual thumbnails for specific pictures on EoL, so as to override the default options? For people using thumbnails, that might save some duplication of effort in looking through thumbnails to see which are sensible and which are not.

    Of course, a nicer way to do this would be to pick the centre of the image programmatically, but I guess that's staggeringly hard, even if the task is just confined to vertebrates.

    over 1 year ago

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    Jeff Holmes commented on "EOL API Discussion Group":

    @Patrick Leary: I think what we need is an email option in the account settings that says "I want to receive technical notifications from EOL". That way developers could be notified beforehand as well so they would have a chance to monitor the changes more closely.

    over 1 year ago

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    Patrick Leary commented on "EOL API Discussion Group":

    @Roderic Page: The API changed in that an new optional parameter cache_ttl was added, but that should not have any impact on existing use of the API. The cache_ttl parameter is optional, and the responses from all requests that choose not to use it should not have changed.

    I just tried a few uses of cURL with no problem. On the command line:
    curl http://eol.org/api/search_by_provider/1.0/180542?hierarchy_id=903

    And in PHP (using PHP 5.3.15):
    $ch = curl_init();
    curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL, 'http://eol.org/api/search_by_provider/1.0/180542.json?hierarchy_id=903');
    curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1);
    $result = json_decode(curl_exec($ch));
    echo $result[0]->eol_page_id."\n";

    Can you provide an example where you are seeing a problem? As for announcing API changes I agree we need better communication. This was part of the reason we developed a forum, and that forum does include a post about the new cache_ttl parameter. I realize I did not make a similar post to this group, so I will make sure to share information about API releases more widely next time.

    over 1 year ago • edited: over 1 year ago

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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?

    over 1 year ago

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    Jason Sharp commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Jennifer Hammock: I am a little confused on this 'follow up'.

    over 1 year ago

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    Katja Schulz added "Pteraeolidia ianthina (Angas 1864)" to the collection "Life is Blue!".

    over 1 year ago

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    C. Michael Hogan commented on an older version of Geographic Range:

    in review

    over 1 year ago

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    C. Michael Hogan marked the classification from "Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: April 2013" as preferred for "Connochaetes gnou (Zimmermann, 1780)".

    over 1 year ago

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    cuttersgoose commented on "Connochaetes gnou (Zimmermann, 1780)":

    Beautiful!

    over 1 year ago

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    cuttersgoose commented on "Narcissus pseudonarcissus L.":

    Beautiful!

    over 1 year ago

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    cuttersgoose commented on "Hierochloe odorata (L.) P. Beauv.":

    Beautiful!

    over 1 year ago

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    Jennifer Hammock commented on "EOL Curators":

    Okay, here's a followup scenario for those of you who both curate and post images via flickr: As a curator, if you had an occasional photo coming in that you weren't sure of, you *could* visit those photos yourself and mark them unreviewed. Anyone want to hazard an opinion, "sure, I'd bother to do that" or "not likely, you're lucky I have time to do one kind of activity"? Thanks!

    over 1 year ago

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    Patrick Coin commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Jennifer Hammock: Yes, certifying certain Flickr contributors as "pre-trusted" is a great idea. That would save huge amounts of time. Since I became a curator, for instance, I've spent quite a bit of time finding my images on EOL and trusting them. It is very tedious, especially since the delay in harvesting can be long. Certainly there should be some process to approve certain reliable contributors in this fashion. I agree that the benefit would outweigh the occasional error. (And, as others have mentioned, there are some errors anyway in already pre-trusted images from institutions--inevitable in a project of this scope.)

    over 1 year ago

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    Cyndy Parr added "Symphysodon" to the collection "Life is Blue!".

    almost 2 years ago

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    Valter Jacinto commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Jason Sharp: I think flickr images should be pre-trusting to EOL. Some errors are normal... Some curators take years to curate a few images!

    almost 2 years ago

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    Jason Sharp commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Jennifer Hammock: I know a few photographers that seem to know their stuff and continue to contribute images. I believe the time saved by 'pre-trusting' their images would outweigh the time spent fixing the occasional mistakes. It seems some of the Smithsonian photos are pre-trusted and they have some errors.

    almost 2 years ago • edited: almost 2 years ago

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    Katja Schulz commented on Katja Schulz's newsfeed:

    @Paul Bedell: That's really strange. When you search for Neoitamus flavofemoratus, you get nothing, and when you search for Neoitamus, you get a bunch of names, but not Neoitamus flavofemoratus.

    almost 2 years ago