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Spend a while here https://www.ispotnature.org/communities/global/view/article/216223/species-dictionaries-used-on-ispot
Consider that it is years out of date and perhaps add a bold note explaining the Dictionary situation.
The CoL link, for example, takes us eventually to the CoL 2019, which is nothing like the one iSpot uses. Both the UKSI and SANBI might be similarly confusing. The links perhaps should take us direct to the relevant Dictionary, so we can search for up to date names at least. I am aware that (probably) few people use the help pages.
Within the whole of that Page are links that fail.
In Martin’s Opening para (7 years without an update) is Species dictionary feedback forum. That SHOULD give us all an opportunity to add names absent from the Dictionaries, IF it worked and IF there was a sacred place reserved for such issues. BOTH should be the case.
Here are useful direct Taxa SEARCH links
Can’t find a searchable SANBI whole-index, if there is one -,anyone?
SANBI Plants http://newposa.sanbi.org/sanbi/Explore
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The ID is for a Spider however the NBN’s Gateway for Pirata links to a Flycatcher bird.
Nice one Helen!
Pirata may refer to:
Pirata (album), a 1989 album by Litfiba
Pirata (footballer) (born 1987), a Portuguese footballer
Pirata (graphic novel), a graphic novel by Pol Medina, Jr
Pirata (spider), a genus of wolf spiders
Il pirata, an 1827 opera by Vincenzo Bellini
Marco Pantani (1970–2004), Italian cyclist, nicknamed Il Pirata
Is from Wiki which misses the opportunity to list the piratic flycatcher (NBN link)
The iSpot Taxonomy browser knows which one (in this case)
But the External links in the ID panel are silly.
There are actually 42 Other Obs of the genus only - all have the same External Link Flaws
Where it is IDd to Species, there is no External Flaw
GBIF knows the difference https://www.gbif.org/species/2146718
If you ever get the opportunity to visit Flanders Moss, take it https://www.visitscotland.com/info/see-do/flanders-moss-national-nature-reserve-p333961
Looking good @Janice_A @miked https://www.ispotnature.org/communities/uk-and-ireland/view/news/780811/joining-us-from-gardenwatch-welcome-to-ispot
But The Open University’s nQuire website, link doesn’t work on that page.
https://iet.open.ac.uk/projects/tomorrows-world-nquire within which Project Website does not work.
I have fixed the link on the ispot page
What about 5 bullet points in a central Panel on the Home Page - How to add an Observation?
A 6th one points them to their Changes Tracker.
I think this is perhaps a little too complex - see https://www.ispotnature.org/communities/uk-and-ireland/view/project/780681/
Section 6 specially is causing a lot of problems and invalid panels.
I agree - but it could be revised (one of us could do it, though I couldn’t manage the professional graphics), and e-mailed by default to new users?
It’s actually a nice piece of work, specially useful as a handout and to sit beside a new user as they make their first ID.
“…e-mailed by default to new users” yes, emailed, as leaving Comments is proving a waste of time
There are only FOUR steps to making a successful Observation. And one to come back and see if anyone has added anything.
Ammophilia is a genus of wasps and grasses. This observation is for the wasp but the ID has changed the group from invertebrates to plants, and the links are for grasses.
This is another case where both the ICZN and ICN genera are in the dictionary, but iSpot gives no hint to the user which is which.
If you are adding the name at the same time as the observation then you can check that (a) the name has been picked from the dictionary and (b) it is in the correct group by looking on the right hand side of the page to see which group (or if a group at all) has been automatically selected by the system in response to your input. you can see this before you click to finalise the name.
Probably rather tricky to explain to new users.
I am not sure if there is any similar trick for adding further identifications other than trying one of the Ammophilia options and if this is the wrong group of organisms then trying the other one in the list hoping this will be the correct group.
i don’t think that works when you are adding an ID.
The solution is obvious though, add one, if it’s not right, add the other! iSpot does not care how many IDs are given
What is interesting about the post though, is that there is no Likely Banner - yet! This suggest the Algorithm that allocates the Banner is up to the task!
In that particular case it looks as if it was one that just needed a kick, I agreed then disagreed and it made one or other likely then i tried adding the names myself trying one then the other Ammophilia until I found the invert. It stuck to the plant version since i have more reputation there so someone will have to agree with the invert version
So which one is it, you Devil? It’s the second…!
So see this one https://www.ispotnature.org/communities/uk-and-ireland/view/observation/56852/sand-wasp
Been sitting for 8 years.
There was another wasp in the Poas but it had no picture. It had been Grouped Invert (we could do that before the Recode), but the ID was for the grass. I inappriated it, sad eh?
There were NO grasses in the Inverts collection of Ammophila