End of Week Notes from Nature Goodness

 We are excited to have passed the 1000 mark in registered transcribers to the new Notes from Nature (NFN)!  We are also now exactly one month past our relaunch and couldn’t be happier about all the great effort.  We hope the faster pace of expeditions is something folks really like, and we have a lot of neat stuff coming in the near future – some very different kinds of expeditions for those adventurers who want to see very different kinds of specimens.

For those new transcribers to NFN who have headed here for the first time, we are glad to have you involved.  And we are also very thankful for those who took part in the first version of NFN and have come back.  For you folks in particular, we are working out some specific acknowledgements we hope to be able to get together in the next couple weeks.

Finally, we have a new link on the main Notes from Nature page which you may have noticed – “statistics”.  Hopefully it is pretty self-explanatory — give it a bit to load and you’ll get information about current progress and effort on each current expedition along with some neat tools to visualize transcriptions and talk comments over time.   We particularly like the “estimated time to completion” (ETC, for short) tool that gives an indication when an expedition might finish given current pace.   We know there are some bugs (of the software kind, rather than insect kind) to still work out, and we plan to have those licked soon, by next week.  For now, bear with us and please always feel free to provide feedback on what you think about the stats (or anything else).

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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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