iSpot ZA transforming into the s Afr Community of iSpot

iSpot ZA transforming into the s Afr Community of iSpot - Southern Africa : iSpot southern Africa will vanish on the evening of 2 Dec. In its place we will have the southern African Community on iSpot. Transfer is currently scheduled to start at about 6pm UTM (20h00 ZA time) on the 2nd December. The ZA site (www.ispot.org.z

iSpot southern Africa will vanish on the evening of 2 Dec. In its place we will have the southern African Community on iSpot.

Transfer is currently scheduled to start at about 6pm UTM (20h00 ZA time) on the 2nd December.

The ZA site (www.ispot.org.za) will vanish and be replaced by a notice.

Users will be able to use the Global iSpot site (www.ispotnature.org.za) within an hour - go to the southern Africa community. The hour is needed for the community information to be transferred (forums, group pages, habitats, user details). If your normal login (username, password) works then you have been loaded. You will be able to upload new data during this period if you want. And if you are really madly, desperately keen, you can set up a few projects as well (more soon) - remember to make sure that you are in the southern Africa community.

However, the southern African data will take about 48 hours to transfer. The transfer is en block and until all the data is moved across, none of it will be visible. Once all the data are transferred, full access will be granted and your data will "appear". Expect this to happen on Thursday evening or Friday morning.

Once the transfer is complete the old address (www.ispot.org.za) will automatically load the new iSpot. iSpot will remember your community if you have set it, and will open up as normally (or if you have set it to, to your own current customized landing page).

USERS FROM ANGOLA, ZAMBIA, TANZANIA and KENYA please note.
You will no longer be part of the southern African community, but default to the "Global Community" until such time as an East African community is established.
To save you lots of heartache, do not think of the Global community as "global" but "other".
The unfortunate thing about this development is that southern African and your data will be accessed separately. This affects any taxonomical search or filter. It affects any Project or Filter or Home page using the taxonomy filter. It affects the dropdown menus on the ID box if you load (add or revise) an identification.

If you want to see the southern African data you will need to design your project or filter in the sAfr community, versus Global for your area.
Similarly if you want to see any species, you will now have to use two searches:
for sAfr: www.ispot.org.za/species_dictionary/NAME or
www.ispotnature.org/species-dictionaries/SANBI/NAME
for elswhere: www.ispotnature.org/species-dictionaries/CoL/NAME

You can easily switch between the dictionaries after using a filter: the Catalogue of Life is under the CoL tag and the southern African data is under the SANBI tag (and the UK tag is labelled UKSI).

Try it:
www.ispotnature.org/species-dictionaries/SANBI/Loxodonta%20africana
www.ispotnature.org/species-dictionaries/CoL/Loxodonta%20africana
(sorry, examples of these are currently loaded in the UKSI dictionary: you can help to get this to work by agreeing to the LAST IDs for elephants here: www.ispotnature.org/species-dictionaries/UKSI/Loxodonta%20africana)

Note that this affects projects and maps: you cannot look at a Global picture - you have to choose southern Africa (SANBI) or Other ("Global" = CoL).

We have requested that the Global view be made truely global and access all the data on iSpot across all the dictionaries, but this will not happen in the foreseeable future.

28 Nov 2014
Tony Rebelo