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Weevil Course 2014 – Running Notes

A running post with links to literature and on-line resources, presentations, identification support, and other information accompanying The Weevil Course 2014 (second installment) held from August 05-13 at the Southwestern Research Station in Portal, Arizona. Course related photos are posted on Flickr here.

1. Links to key course/identification resources

2. Miscellaneous course presentations

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Authoring interactive identification keys in SCAN – an introduction

Most recent update: February 26, 2014.

SCAN has activated the module for authoring interactive identification keys, even though the keys themselves are not yet live for potential users. In what follows some of the basic interfaces and practices for authoring keys are introduced. Prospective SCAN members interested in preparing keys individually or in collaboration should contact Nico Franz.

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Adding descriptions to Taxon Profile Pages in SCAN

This is a primer on adding (previously published) descriptions to Taxon Profile Pages in SCAN (or in Symbiota more generally). Examples are related to the Weevils of North America (WoNA) checklist. For sake of simplicity this entry uses descriptions that were previously digitized and are available through the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

Here is an exemplary, step-wise procedure to add a SCAN taxon description. Doing so requires permission to be a Taxon Profile Editor (such permissions are granted by portal administrators).

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Filtered Push team visits ASU to develop remote identification module in SCAN

David Lowery and Paul Morris of the Filtered Push project visited the Franz Lab at ASU from January 6-10, 2014, for a focused Filtered Push/Symbiota hackathon. Ed Gilbert was also present. All enjoyed an intense week of specifying and implementing workflows, schemas, and new components in SCAN (and ultimately Symbiota) to search, display, and annotate images for remote identification and label transcription. The results will gradually come live, starting later this month.

Announcing The Weevil Course 2014

From August 05-13, 2014, the second installment of The Weevil Course will be held at the wonderful AMNH Southwestern Research Station located in the Chiricahua Mountains, Portal, Arizona. Applications can be received through the SWRS course website. Photos from the 2012 Course are posted here.

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Weevil Course 2012 Instructors: Greg Setliff, Nico Franz, Anthony Cognato, Robert Anderson, and Charles O’Brien.


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Preparing interactive keys in SCAN

This post is in development, and using the relevant links requires specific contributor access rights [read: presently only for internal group use].

  1. SCAN homepage
  2. Key character creation & editing
  3. Creating key character headings
  4. Coding characters – mass updating
  5. Coding characters for a specific checklist
  6. Arthropods of North America Checklist

More developments soon.

ESA 2013 Annual Meeting – two posters on North American and Colombian weevils

Our group is giving a regular and a virtual poster on weevils at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, held in Austin, TX. The corresponding PDFs are posted here (click on the titles). Andrew Jansen and Guanyang Zhang are also presenting on southwest U.S. and Cuban entimine weevils, respectively. An ESA 2013 meeting review will be forthcoming. The image shows Pachyrhinus californicus (Horn, 1976).

Hasbrouck Insect Collection reaches 40,000 on-line records

Last week the ASUHIC’s on-line holdings reached the number of 40,000 specimen records – 100% georeferenced – and representing > 80 families, 860 genera, and 2600 species. Prioritized families include Crabronidae, Curculionidae, Formicidae, Mutillidae, and Scarabaeidae all with > 4000 records. We also have ~ 730 high-resolution images on-line. Thanks to our undergraduate students – current and past – for your quality work.