Erwin Gruber

Enthusiast for living creatures

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    Katja Schulz commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Bruno Petriccione: I could find only one picture from you on iNaturalist: http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/377160 This image is research grade, and it is properly licensed, so it should be exported to EOL. I checked the iNaturalist export file, and it's currently in there, so the image should show up on EOL with our next inaturalist harvest. We harvest iNaturalist weekly, and it must have missed the last harvest.

    I also checked on your Flickr images. We won't be able to import them as long as they are "All Right Reserved." If you change your licenses, they will get imported to EOL. Instructions are here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/encyclopedia_of_life/discuss/72157607325951917/

    over 1 year ago

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    Katja Schulz commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Sarah Gregg: Hi Sarah, it's great to have you active on the site. Your photos are wonderful. All of the features you request here are already on our list of things to do, but none of them have been scheduled for implementation yet. As you can imagine, our list is pretty long. For the time being, you'll unfortunately have to trust your own images on EOL and manually add each image to your watchlist.

    over 1 year ago

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    Bruno Petriccione commented on "EOL Curators":

    Last week I posted some pics through iNaturalist, but until now they are not yet aviable in EOL. Is there any working problem with the conncection iNatuaralist-EOL? Today I have tried again through Flickr. Could you give me any clarification on this important topic, as pics are a keystone of taxa description?

    over 1 year ago

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    Sarah Gregg commented on "EOL Curators":

    As this is my first post here, first of all, hello to everyone. I'm British, but have been living in Italy for more than twenty years, so I hope I’ll be able to contribute to boosting the Italian content here on EoL. Although I earn my living in quite another way, I’ve been working, photographing and studying nature practically since birth (my father was a botanist), so I’ve accumulated a fair bit of knowledge on the way. And where my knowledge fails (which obviously it often does), I have learnt where to turn to for ID advice. As I’m in the process of tagging and uploading a large number of images from my archives, I’ve just read with interest the exchange of views on contributing photos through Flickr. Just a thought , would it be technically possible to introduce a new machine tag that a trusted contributor could set to indicate whether or not he/she considered a particular photo as trusted or unreviewed? Another question: I had already discovered that entering my name in the search box produced a list of my photos. But is there any way that I can keep track of these photos, perhaps through a collection, a watch list, or in some other way, so that I can keep up-to-date with any activity performed on that photo, such as a change of status, ID confirmation, new attribution, etc.? Thanks for any help and advice and I hope I’ll be able to make myself more and more useful as I learn my way around.

    over 1 year ago

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    Cyndy Parr commented on "EOL Curators":

    Curators of all levels: Did you know that you can re-crop the thumbnail images that show up on the EOL home page or in collections? Click through to the image page and you'll see you can draw a new square on the image to change the crop. See http://eol.org/info/curation#crop. Thanks for all the work you do to keep EOL looking good!

    over 1 year ago

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    Kari Pihlaviita added the Finnish common name "varjohärkylä" to "Polystichum braunii (Spenn.) Fée".

    over 1 year ago

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    rick McNeill commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Katja Schulz: I use the map function on flickr for all of my fotos.

    over 1 year ago

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    Katja Schulz commented on "EOL Curators":

    @rick McNeill: Not yet. It's on our list of things to do, but it's not trivial. We'll need to implement an ontology of geographical names and a way to mine available sources for geographical information.

    over 1 year ago

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    rick McNeill commented on "EOL Curators":

    Aloha Everyone Is there geographic search function? I can't seem to find a way to search for all of the taxa in specific area. rick

    over 1 year ago

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    Jason Sharp commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Cyndy Parr: Thats fantastic! Thanks.

    over 1 year ago

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    Cyndy Parr commented on "EOL Curators":

    Hey curators! If you have ever wanted to find or count all the contributions you've made to EOL via Flickr or other sources it is now a lot easier. You can type a person's name into the search box and if the person is in the attributions for an object it will be in the search result.

    over 1 year ago

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    Alan Couch commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Jennifer Hammock: Yep -I'd do that.

    over 1 year ago

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    Steve Baskauf commented on "Equisetum hyemale ssp. affine (Equisetaceae) - whole plant - unspecified":

    I have not gotten a response justifying marking this as misidentified so I am removing the misidentified tag and making it visible again.

    over 1 year ago

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    Steve Baskauf commented on "Equisetum hyemale ssp. affine (Equisetaceae) - whole plant - unspecified":

    Here is an additional comment about this image from Dean Whittier: "I was having trouble seeing the tips of the cones. In looking at them again, I think I can see sharp points which is characteristic of EH. The small stems were bothering me however I now think what had happened is the following. The small stems are from the nodes of larger stems which have fallen over in the water and produced small diameter shoots. There are many internal buds at each node and they can regenerate (grow out) to give stems. You can do it which stems that have been broken of the main plants if you keep them immersed in water for at most a couple of weeks. These are the buds which form secondary stems in the nonbranching species like EH when a main shoot gets broken. It is a great means for vegetative reproduction. Segments as small as an internode with a node can produce a new small Equisetum plant. This is a way of producing new colonies further down stream if the original colony is on a stream bank. I think that everything that you have photographed is EH." Once again, I would be interested in more information about the reasoning for untrusting this image as misidentified, and stating that it looks like Equisetum laevigatum. If I don't get a response in a few weeks, I'm going to unhide the image and return its status to trusted. Steve

    over 1 year ago

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    Steve Baskauf commented on "Equisetum hyemale ssp. affine (Equisetaceae) - whole plant - unspecified":

    I meant to say "non-seed plant biologist"

    over 1 year ago

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    Steve Baskauf commented on "Equisetum hyemale ssp. affine (Equisetaceae) - whole plant - unspecified":

    I have had some time to research this issue further. This image is associated with two other images through the individual identifier http://bioimages.vanderbilt.edu/ind-baskauf/26968 . If you check the metadata for the three pictures, they were taken within about a 60 second period. Although I can't swear that they were actually from the same individual plant, they were definitely taken of the same population. So if this image is likely to be misidentified, then http://eol.org/data_objects/20820344 and http://eol.org/data_objects/20820345 are also likely to be misidentified. I checked with Dean Whittier, the non-vascular plant biologist at Vanderbilt who would know the most about those plants (unfortunately, the population has been wiped out by a building project, so I can't go back and look at them now). Here is what he said: "The Equisetum hyemale was there when I got here. I never had a reason not to consider it E. hyemale. As far as I was concerned there was only one species there. The problem is that your third picture does not look like typical E. hyemale . I do not think it is E. laevigatum. E. laevigatum is an annual and it dies back every fall in this part of the country. I never saw any fall dieback in that patch of Equisetum. Why it is different I don't know. The taxonomy at least in past was dependent on number of ridges, rows of stomata, thickness of stem from central cavity out, and the placement and size of the smaller cavities in the stem tissue. I wish I could have given you a better answer. ... Your first two images were E. hyemale. I think that there is no chance that there were two species out in that clump. I would not change the id's for the first two photos. Maybe there was a mutation (smile) on the other one or just some odd developmental problem." Anyway, I would like to know more about what it is about this image which makes it problematic as E. hyemale, particularly in the light of the fact that you didn't object to http://eol.org/data_objects/20820344 and http://eol.org/data_objects/20820345 . I would like to get this straightened out on my own website. If there is a compelling reason go doubt the E. hyemale ID given what I've said here, then I will probably change the ID of all three images to "Equisetum sp.". Eventually that revised ID will proliferate its way to EOL after the next harvest. Thanks for your help in verifying the images. Steve Baskauf, Ph.D. http://bioimages.vanderbilt.edu

    over 1 year ago

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    Katja Schulz commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Michael Wunderli: If you find a source that has information about these spiders, we can try to engage them as a content partner. They would have to be willing to release their content under a creative commons license, though. In this particular example, we could grab (i.e., copy & paste manually) the original description from BHL along with a few anatomical drawings for this species (could be uploaded through our Rapid Response LifeDesk). Unfortunately, there was no habitus drawing in the original description. For many of these species it may be difficult to get anything beyond the original description, and many may never have been illustrated fully.

    over 1 year ago

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    Michael Wunderli commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Katja Schulz: What i meant was that for exaple here: http://eol.org/pages/1181577/details This species for example is present but has no pictures and no detail information. That was the case with most species I found on that website. Is there something we can do about that?

    over 1 year ago