SCAN acquires Filtered Push capability
Pending final database settings adjustments on the iDigBio servers, SCAN is set to become the first major biodiversity data portal to facilitate “smart” expert annotations using Filtered Push semantics and technology. Thanks to the wonderful team at Harvard University including Maureen Kelly, Paul Morris, and David Lowery, we can now (1) “flag” imaged yet under-identified SCAN specimens as such, (2) assign them to experts connected to our virtual environment, (3) have them perform annotations and identifications, and (4) record these updates both inside SCAN and in the external Filtered Push environment. The annotations are embedded in an ontology and can be propagated to other Filtered Push compatible platforms, such as Specify – http://specifysoftware.org/.
The general workflow is outlined here: http://scan1.acis.ufl.edu/content/annotations.
In the coming weeks there will be a good bit of tweaking and optimizing, and a need to serve up many pertinent images and recruit testers. That said we now have a very powerful and pioneering annotations system available for use and promotion.