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.
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).
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.
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).
Presentation slides are now posted for the TDWG 2013 Symbiota LBCC Crowd Sourcing talk. Thanks to Ed Gilbert, Ben Brandt, and Corinna Gries for timely feedback. An overview of the new crowd sourcing module’s functions and “rules for engagement” for prospective contributors and collection managers is here.
Presentation sequence in development for the following TDWG 2013 presentation: Franz, N., C. Gries, T. Nash III & E. Gilbert. 2013. Crowd Sourcing and Community Management Capabilities Available within Symbiota Data Portals.
Presentation Notes for the Arthropod Biodiversity Sessions held on September 19, 2013, at the 12th Biennial Conference of Science and Management on the Colorado Plateau, Northern Arizona University.
Using SCAN to Construct an Arthropod Checklist – Preliminary Insights from the “Weevils of North America” Project
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