Making it Count (Finally)

A very quick note! For those who noticed a big jump in our overall transcription rates, here is a quick explanation – one I am so pleased to be able to provide because it lays the path for some exciting next steps. As I mentioned in a post a couple weeks back, we have been manually adding transcription counts from the Ornithology project to the rest of the transcription counts. This had been happening every couple weeks, which would cause a noticeable… “blip”… upwards in number of records. Well, good news. Yes, we have one more major “blip” today, but the reason why is that our excellent Notes from Nature developers have set it up so we can now automatically count every time a row from the Ornithology ledger is completed.  The number we have up there now is thus accurate and growing with each new transcription across ALL our projects.  So, we’ll not see “blips” due to bulk-adding counts that have piled up over many weeks.

This change also means we now have mostly comparable metrics across projects – labels for Calbugs, SERNEC and Macrofungi – and rows of ledgers for Ornithology. As well, we are closing in on being able to set up new badges for our volunteers transcribing Ornithology ledgers based on rows transcribed. We aren’t quite there yet, but I will post some updates soon (we hope) on that. Finally, the latest “blip” does take us well over 900K to 934K total records transcribed. We are now very much within striking distance of ONE MILLION transcriptions, which is, we know, a major amount of effort and time and energy. This is really exciting and we’ll keep you posted on our drive to ONE MILLION.

For now, a big step forward on making it count!

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About Rob

Three "B's" of importance: biodiversity, bikes and bunnies. I get to express these "B's" in neat ways --- I bike to a job at the University of Florida where I am an Associate Curator of Biodiversity Informatics. Along with caretaking collections, I also have a small zoo at home, filled with two disapproving bunnies.

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