Specimens with associated georeferenced location nodes are now dynamically mapped on the species pages. The mapping feature of Scratchpads is very nice. The Google maps are elegant, and the placemarks for specimen localities display nicely. The different colors bring focus to each locality, and the 'cluster placemarks' show regions where high densities of specimens have been recorded. Clicking on these cluster icons will zoom you in close enough to where individual placemarks or (additional cluster placemarks) segregate from each other...
A major breakthrough took place today on the glossary illustrations. I was able to successfully import all the relevant media files into the glossary taxonomy. As of today, there are 436 glossary terms, of which 349 are illustrated.
I put together some of the current and future development plans for the site in a new 'development plan' forum. Partly this was to demonstrate the work that can still be done, and partly this was just to have a place to organize and keep track of development priorities. I'm not convinced the forum is the best place for it, but until we think of something better, it will have to do. Here's the plan thus far.
Yesterday I had partial success importing data associated with ~12,000 specimens of Antkey species from Antweb.
The media tab is now fully populated and mostly functional. The tab currently contains 1134 images used on this site for species identification. Each of the image files is associated with metadata, including...
A draft version of the Lucid key to introduced ants is now available.
I added a new classification today that includes a bunch of Port of Entry taxa. When I imported a batch of POE specimen data, all of the taxa that were not included in the original classification were automatically added. This resulted in a messy looking tinytax for the Ant taxa page. To remedy the situation I had to delete the existing 'Ant taxa' taxonomy, do up a new excel spreadsheet with all the POE taxa included and properly entered, then import it as a new biological classification.
Welcome! This is the second day of development for Antkey, so don't be too disappointed that there is much content up. I plan to have the site ready for full use within four months. By then Antkey will feature a fully illustrated Lucid Key, an illustrated glossary, comparison charts and species pages.