New features on iSpot
New features on iSpot - Chile : This news article will be regularly updated to inform you of new features or changes to iSpot.
This news article will be regularly updated to inform you of new features or changes to iSpot.
Third party logins [15th January 2010]
If you have not already registered on iSpot you can now register a new account by using the following third party login providers: Google, Yahoo, Wordpress, Windows Live, Twitter and Facebook. If you create an account on iSpot this way don't forget to go to your profile and add any additional information such as your name and a profile picture if you wish to. Click the appropriate icon for you underneath the login box to login with a third party account.
This functionality currently doesn't allow you to login with a third party account and link to an existing iSpot account but this functionality is in development.
'likely ID' added to observations [14th January 2010]
This is a new feature that checks the identifications that have been made for an observation and scores each by adding the reputation points for the id author to the reputation points of all the users that have agreed with it, the highest scoring identification is then given the 'likely ID' status. This status can then also be seen on the summary view of observations, such as on the browse observations page
Additions to Help and FAQs [30th November 2009]
We've added some more information to the Help and FAQ pages:
- Badges on iSpot - How to request a 'badge' for your recording scheme or society
- A photo is missing from my observation - how do I attach it?
- How can I link my existing iSpot user name to an Open University user name (OUCU)?
- Neighbourhood Nature students - what should I do if there is no OU badge against my name?
Changes page in My Spot area re-worked [13th November 2009]
The changes page in the My Spot area of the site has been overhauled in an attempt to make it more usable. Due to the nature of the changes to it, users will notice initially that there's an unusually high number of changes listed in the 'Core observation details edited by others' section. This signifies a list of all the changes that have been recorded prior to this major update. Over time users will start to see links appearing in other sections of the page as new changes are correctly organised. To clear the old changes users can either click on each link or after 30 days these will be automatically removed.
Users will now find changes categorised into 4 sub-sections for observations and a separate section for forum topics. Users are also now able to track changes to observations based on their connection to the observations. There are 5 filters users can select and these will be remembered on subsequent visits to the page.
Links to National Biodiversity Network [6th November 2009]
Leading on from the below point about the links to Encyclopedia of Life, you'll also now see a link to National Biodiversity Network (NBN) UK distribution map which will show any infomation that the NBN holds about the species in question.
See who has agreed with you [5th November 2009]
If an identification has been made, and others have agreed with it, this is shown by a text line such as "ID agreements: 3 people agree with this identification." You can now click on the "ID agreements" line, and a window opens up to show who has agreed with the identification.
Links to Encylopedia of Life [5th November 2009]
Where a species has been identified, you will usually find that there is a link below the species name that says "Search Encyclopedia of Life for ...". If you click on this link a new web page opens up for the relevant species page in the Encyclopedia of Life (EoL).
What you can see on the EoL page will vary, depending on how much information is available for that species, but it often includes photos, worldwide distribution maps and links to published information. UK data for the maps is supplied to EoL by the National Biodiversity Network (NBN), so the maps can be used to find out about UK distribution, but we hope to add an additional direct link to the NBN maps soon.
An EoL link is not available for all identifications. For those interested, the reasons for this are:
- Once an identification has been given, iSpot first checks to see if the name matches a name in the NBN species dictionary. If it doesn't, then no EoL link is generated.
- If a match to an NBN name is found, a link to EoL will be provided, but EoL does not have data for all the names in the NBN dictionary, so in some cases the EoL search will not produce any results.
Observations thumbnail gallery [27th October 2009]
An observations thumbnail gallery page has been added. This can be accessed by clicking the 'View thumbnail gallery page' link from the top of the 'Browse observations' page. The thumbnail gallery page also includes a search filter for top level groups, date and user name.
Observation identification help [23rd October 2009]
New functionality has been added to the identification section of adding and viewing an observation to help you complete the scientific and English name fields. See the
'Help with those tricky scientific names!' article for more information.
Viewing images on iSpot [23rd October 2009]
A new feature has been added to display observation images in a screen overlay. This can be found by click on an image on a user's observation. Clicking the title underneath the image in the screen overlay will open the full size image to view. You can also browse images from the 50 latest observations added to iSpot by clicking 'gallery' in the bottom left corner of the 'Latest Observations' block on the home page. Click a title of an image here to take you to the observation that the image relates to.
Browse Observations (was 'Latest Observations') [23rd October 2009]
The 'Browse Observations' page can now also be found by clicking 'Observations' under the 'Browse' menu in the right hand sidebar. This page has an updated look and now allows you to filter your search for observations on top-level group, date and user name.