Notes from Nature/iDigBio Hackathon to Further Enable Public Participation in the Online Transcription of Biodiversity Specimen Labels
December 16–20 at the University of Florida, Gainesville
Agenda and Logistics
- Hackathon Advertisement
- Logistics Document
- Participants List
- AdobeConnect room for collaboration after the hackathon, then for connection to the workshop remotely (Send an email to Austin Mast, if you'd like to use the room for additional collaboration after the hackathon.)
- Citscribe Hackathon Facebook Album
- Twitter stuff: @iDigBio @NfromN hashtag #CITScribe
- Interoperability Track
- OCR Integration Track
- QA/QC and Reconciliation of Replicates Track
- User Engagement Track
- Participants Interest in Tracks
- Yonggang Liu, iDigBio: Image Ingestion at iDigBIo
- Austin Mast, iDigBio: Public Participation
- Yun Ling Yim, UC Berkeley: Calbug Digitization, CalBug California Arthropod Collections
- Miao Chen, Indiana U.: Using OCR
- Cody Meche, UF: Agile Scrum
- Julie Allen, INHS: Gamification
- Edward Gilbert, Symbiota Developer: Symbiota: a specimen-based biodiversity portal platform
- Deborah Paul, iDigBio Augmenting OCR WG: What's new in using OCR output in a Citizen Science Workflow
- Andrea Matsunaga, iDigBio: Herbarium Labels Transcription Crowdsourcing & OCR
- Joshua Campbell, iDigBio: Herbarium Labels Transcription Crowdsourcing Consensus
- Yonggang Liu, ACIS iDigBio: iDigBio Image Ingestion Appliance
- Paul Kimbereley, Smithsonian: Smithsonian Transcription Center
- GitHub organization for this Transcription Hackathon
- 4 existing crowdsourcing datasets from Notes From Nature. Datasets contain transcriptions of different types of collections labels. Read more here. The datasets were shared only with the hackathon participants through dropbox once anonymized. It will be made public when we get a definitive approval from NfN.
- Calbug dataset
- Herbarium labels—The filenames with "USAM_" represent a nearly complete set of recent transcriptions from a collection (the University of South Alabama Herbarium), four replicates for most specimens (I think).
- Macrofungi labels
- Ornithological dataset
- For those interested in experimenting with the images that have been used for public participation in transcription:
- Herbarium label images: the set of ca. 16,000 "USAM" images used for some of the herbarium transcriptions is available at USAM Herbarium Images. This is several GB worth of image files. To get them, you could use the DownloadThemAll Firefox plugin.
- Notes From Nature web interface:
- Code available at https://github.com/zooniverse/notesFromNature
- Forked version for the Hackathon available at: https://github.com/idigbio-citsci-hackathon/notesFromNature
- Install Vagrant from http://downloads.vagrantup.com/tags/v1.3.5 and virtualBox from https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads
- Vagrant script to build a VM with Notes From Nature web interface: https://github.com/idigbio-citsci-hackathon/nfn-vagrant
- Go to the location of the vagrant script and type "vagrant up" in your command prompt to build a VM with Note from Nature running on localhost:9294.
- API Calls
- CYWG iDigBio Image Ingestion Appliance:
- The appliance can be used to ingest the images to be used by the crowdsourcing service into the iDigBio storage, and made publicly accessible through HTTP. The relationship between the image filenames and the URL can be exported by the appliance in CSV format.
- Gold Images from aOCR Hackthon:
- Code from the aOCR Hackthon:
- HandwritingDetection (https://github.com/idigbio-aocr): an algorithm that separates images into sets with no handwriting, little handwriting (mostly text typed or printed), lots of handwriting, based on the noise generated by the OCR software. Read more at Ben's blog. This could be used to rank which images are in more need for human transcription.
- Dictionaries to improve crowdsourcing consensus (e.g., names of collectors, scientific names): link to be provided by aOCR?
- (Some botantists: RDF and tab-delimited.)
- Hi all - (Paul Flemons).
- From Steve Raden: some background on Zooniverse's design
- Brainstorming Documents from the Thursday Mix Ups
- Some groups used the Coordination pages above to summarize products
- Group 1 Target File Format