Ciliate guide. I believe there is some generic scratchpad development project going on and, when this is completed, the ciliate guide can be transferred to a web format. Presumably Katherine will then be able to do this with a simple mouse-click (yes?).
I doubt that it will be so simple. The generic development is called the 'character project' and is a necessary precursor to key building. Basically the character project will allow the construction and maintenance of a table (matrix) of species vs characters. From such a matrix, a key should be straightforward. We will need some mechanism to select taxa other than nomenclatural (e.g. a key to Vorticella), specifically a key to sewage ciliates. That should be straightforward by creating a character in the matrix for 'habitat' that has nested states (freshwater/marine, and within freshwater, sewage, stream, lake etc.).
What I was trying to achieve here is the ability to bind additional taxa into the key as they are discovered without having to re-write the key each time.
Is the file on the scratchpad? I could not find it after a quick look but I recall you said it was not there the day or two before you departed. As I recall, the main job for Katherine to set up a system whereby various levels of editing rights can be granted to whoever those that need them. And that the person who carries out the editing can be given credit in the form of a name-check on the appropriate page. Was that pretty much it? Anything else?
No, not yet. I need to write a couple of small scripts to tidy up some issues (a few duplicate entries, minor formatting discrepancies, and some missing species names). I've been focussed on the reprints in available moments. Tidying up the species list is next up.
For clarity, the species list that I'll upload is a simple trawl of the web species lists. The Scratchpads taxonomic editor can be used to declare individual names as 'valid' (the validity field is empty at upload), or 'invalid', with the reason, such as 'synonym of ...' etc.. That's what we're expecting editors to do. They can also upload pictures, descriptions etc..
Setting editing rights is straightforward and is a question of allocating users to roles (Katherine will know exactly what this means). The key is for you (with John, Weibo and Denis) to decide who is allowed what rights and who can grant and withdraw them (this is a long-term administrative task).
For example, lets say Jun Gong is granted editing rights and undertakes to review the genus Nassula. Somewhere on the genus page, it should say that Jun is the taxonomist whose opinion is represented in the visible list of valid species.
It may be that we can automate this by aggregating the 'last modifier' for the species in the genus. Would editors be happy with that? The date of review would also be important, so needs to be obvious.
After that we need to go for a round of beta testing and see the reactions of the core team.
Work with Alan Warren to finish up Dave Roberts ciliate site
When I import my specimens, I first import all the collectors as people with a unique feeds GUID as there may be multiple people with the same name.
I would like to be able to refer to that person GUID when I then import my specimens.
Therefore a new column, Collector (GUID) is required in the import_into_specimenobservations template which allows a feeds GUID to be used to refer to a user
I inadvertently deleted "Anopheles classification" and two or its subordinate pages ("Subgenus Anopheles" and "Subgenus Nyssorhynchus" from Classifications of the main menu, and created new pages for these. I was able to link the "Anopheles classification" so that it shows when Classifications is selected, but instead of being displayed as the first item in the list, Aedini classification is displayed. When I clink on Anopheles classification, the page appears but Subgenus Anopheles,Subgenus Cellia and Subgenus Nyssorhynchus do not appear below Anopheles Classification in the drop-down menu (note that these should appear below Anopheles classification in the same manner that the subgenera of Culex appears in the list when Culex classification is chosen). Furthermore, if I go to content, page, view and click on "Subgenus Cellia" [http://mosquito-taxonomic-inventory.info/subgenus-ltemgtcellialtemgt#overlay-context=], when the page comes up, the Classifications menu appears in its complete form. I obviously messed up the links for the various pages that should appear under Classifications on the main menu. I shall be grateful if this could be resolved as I have not been able to correct this. Thanks.
Loading pages onour site can often take several minutes, when at other times they load fine. The slow response gives a very bad impression to users - anything we can do to address this, please?
Please assess the replacement of RefBank lookup with the integrated ReFindIt API that searches through multiple platforms.
If I select the box to subscribe myself or any other iser to the PSG newsletter under simple news, it won't stay selected when saved.
How can I subscribe people to this newsletter? http://phasmid-study-group.org/user/2125/edit/simplenews
Is there any validation field we can add to webforms to ensure real user input as we are being badly spammed. I am aware we can restrict to authenticated users, but we actually want non-users to be able to submit too, however, the amount of spam is unacceptable at presnt - please can you help?
In the case of some compound author names, e.g. H. da Cunha Ramos, the name is listed with the first initial before the surname. As an example, see http://mosquito-taxonomic-inventory.info/biblio?f0=im_biblio_contributor%3A105
Also, when adding a new reference to literature when an author with a compound surname is included in a previously added reference - e.g. Cova Garcia, P. - the name is displayed as P. Garcia and it is necessary to go to biblio setting/authors to correct it, click on do not reformat and link it to the previous use of the name. Why is this necessary? Can the system automatically recognise the name already in use and retain the format?
Cannot switch between tabs in specimens (Required, Taxonomy, Collection etc.) in Chrome on Mac. Firefox works fine
Identify funding opportunities based on the results of the spec process
Draw specification document
Examine the underlying database structure and data model of the WBC
Examine the current implementation as in
Howard and Moore 4 - Dickinson et al. 2010
The Howard & Moore Complete Checklist of Birds of the World online
Draw specifications for allowing WBC to be ported to a Scratchpad
We are interested in doing some local development with the Scratchpads code - does the development team have any suggestions for which IDE to use?
Shortcuts (wheels) for editing pages, photos, etc. are missing throughout the site when working on the site away from the NHM. They are present when working in the NHM.
The Tinytax block has been converted to rely on the ajaxblocks module. This is not working 100% perfectly, and needs a little investigation, particularly to ensure that terms are rendered as expected, and that the toggle feature works as expected.