David Trevan's picture

Multiple Images

Hello!
I have just returned from a short break abroad and notice that the problem reported by Jonathan on the 3rd November has still not been resolved. It seems that all my old observations where I have used more than one image in the observation have still not been restored.
I am slightly concerned about this, one because it applies to most of my past observations, and two I have tried hard to include images of different parts of the organism( in my case mainly plants) which show the habit, foliage, flowers and fruits in some cases.
The loss of these images seems to devalue my original observation, so I was wondering if the technical problem will eventually be sorted out, otherwise it's an awful lot of uploading time that I've wasted!

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spotted cat's picture

See this thread:

See this thread: http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/235441 and Jonathan's reply dated 21 Nov:

"We may end up with some missing photos, or some that we cannot assign correctly, but hopefully the number will be small. We will announce when the process is as complete as we can get it and what people should do if there are still some pictures missing."

Refugee's picture

I had to restore one or two myself

I made reference to one of the secondary images on a forum and then discovered that that this issue had rared it's ugly head. It would have made me look stupid if a did not upload it again.
It might end up with two copies of the image once it is all cleared up though that will be less of an issue in the long run.

Refugee

Jonathan's picture

We have stopped restoring

We have stopped restoring images as the remaining ones were difficult to place with the correct Obs., so thanks for doing this yourself. It is unlikely it will be duplicated, and if it is you can edit out the second one.

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

DavidHowdon's picture

Show them?

It may not be worth it now but perhaps putting a page up somewhere showing all the unlinked images would allow users to see if they recognize any and so can recreate their entries.

Jonathan's picture

David, take another look. We

David, take another look. We have done about 2/3rds of the pics now, so you should notice a difference, although I expect there are still some missing. It would be interesting to know how many of yours are now OK. Just an impression will do. Thanks.

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

spotted cat's picture

Jonathan, I know you asked

Jonathan, I know you asked David, but I thought you might like to know that all mine are fine now. Thanks!

Jonathan's picture

Indeed. Good to know that.

Indeed. Good to know that. Thanks.

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

David Trevan's picture

Multiple images

Hello Jonathan,
Just looked at your message and done a quick check and yes it does seem my observations are back to where they should be. I went back to April this year and as far as I can see observations where I have used multiple images have been restored!
It would take too long to check them all out and in some cases I don't know whether I used one or a number of images but as far as I can see everything is back to normal so a big thank you to whoever is sorting this out!

many thanks,
Dave Trevan

David J Trevan

Jonathan's picture

Glad to hear that. Its been a

Glad to hear that. Its been a bit of a job, I can tell you! Richard, our wonderful programmer semi-automated the restoration but it has required a lot of manual checking.

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

DavidHowdon's picture

Back

I think all of mine are back now, although I did notice one instance where an image from one observation had got added to a different one. Easy enough to fix manually as it was a rare occasion.

I'm sure a lot of work went in to getting this all back together so well done to the iSpot team.

Jonathan's picture

Thanks, yes it was a lot of

Thanks, yes it was a lot of work, and some ingenuity too! Should not happen ever again, you will be glad to know.

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

DavidHowdon's picture

Good to know

Hope you were touching (appropriately identified to species level) wood when you typed that.

Jonathan's picture

No. I just have a naive faith

No. I just have a naive faith in backups.

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)