[Taxacom] Thank you GBIF and its data providers .... and asuggestion
xelaalex at cox.net
Thu Feb 24 16:39:29 CST 2011
Go the Encyclopedia of Life. Go to a species page for a common fern, etc.,
and you will notice that when you click on the map tab at the top, you go
directly the GBIF distribution map for that species.
Secret? Simply contact GBIF directly and make a general agreement between
your project and GBIF.
BUT better than that, why not simply make species pages for the Encyclopedia
of Life? Sign up for a LifeDesk, etc. Then your students can go to EoL and
get everything at one place?
From: Mary Barkworth
Sent: Thursday, February 24, 2011 1:51 PM
To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
Subject: [Taxacom] Thank you GBIF and its data providers .... and
For the class that I teach, I have been developing keys to ferns of the
region - and those in our greenhouse because there is snow on the ground
while the class is taught. This sent me to GBIF to find out where the
greenhouse plants are native and the maps are pretty neat. I thought it was
time to thank an acronym.
I shall be posting the handout to the web and will be embedding links to the
GBIF page. BUT - I have a suggestion. At present the link brings up a long
page of text with, at the bottom, a button for "I accept the terms". When
one does, one gets a page with lots of text - and has to scroll down for the
For the conditions of use page, keep the top part - down through the
example - at the top - follow it with the I accept button - and a note that
additional information is below and should be read before downloading data.
Then on the overview page, bring the map to near the top - with an
indication that there is information below.
There are probably more people who would simply like to see the distribution
map and then move on than there are people who want to download and work
with data. Make it easy for them to see it. Those who want to download and
work with the records themselves should be sufficiently hard core that they
will not be deterred by having to scroll down. To me this is simply a matter
of marketing - maximizing the ease with which the most appealing aspects are
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