[Taxacom] Thank you GBIF and its data providers .... and asuggestion

Chris Thompson 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?


Chris Thompson
from home

-----Original Message----- 
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 
made evident.



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