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Arctos in the online specimen data ecosystem

Summary of Arctos Arctos is a deeply relational, highly-normalized, web-based, community-driven collections management system. “Relational” and “normalized” are means by which data are made more predictable, and predictable data are inherently discoverable. Normalization (the process of reducing redundancy and dependency) … Continue reading

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Overview of Arctos taxonomy

(See for an overview of the structure of taxonomy in Arctos, examples of some methods of locating specimens by taxonomy, and the implications of various search fields.) Choosing a taxonomy source Collections choose one taxonomy source (under Manage Collection) to … Continue reading

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How to refine search results

It is often useful to first perform a general search, then “search within results” to incrementally explore specimen data and reduce the results set. First, search for something. Sorex yukonicus currently returns 34 specimens. At the top of the results … Continue reading

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How to change Collecting Event of a group of specimens

1) Find specimens. 2) Under Manage, choose Specimen Events. 3) Scroll to the bottom, carefully reviewing specimens as you go. 4) Click Pick Event. Find the new event, click “use this.” 5) Click “update all…”  

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Create a new taxon name+classification

This describes one method of creating a new name in Arctos, while bringing along classification data. First, make sure the “new” name does actually exist…. …and does not exist in Arctos…. Then find the “donor” name, in this case Find … Continue reading

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Locality Update

THIS PAGE DOCUMENTS AN ARCTOS RELEASE SCHEDULED FOR JULY 9 2012. IT WILL NOT MAKE SENSE FROM PRODUCTION UNTIL THEN. TEST IS http://login.corral.tacc.utexas.edu/. Locality Documentation This document supercedes all other locality documentation. Major changes to the model (and, partially, their … Continue reading

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Scheduled TACC work (Arctos down) on Tues, May 22, 10am-12pm Central Time

TACC will be working on the Arctos system Tuesday, May 22, from 10am to noon Central Time. Arctos will be down during that period.

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