About the Data Group
Members of the Data Group collect data and submit it using various forms. The data is held in a queue until it is reviewed by the moderator. If the data is verifiable, it is accepted, and may be used on eFieldGuide.com. Members are awarded points when their data submissions are accepted. For example, members can tell us what wildflowers are growing in their state, and we can use that information to inprove our range maps. Sound fun? If you are interested, join the group to get started!
By joining the eFieldGuide.com Data Group, you agree to the following terms of license for the data you submit:
How does the Data Group work?
Members of the Data Group collect data and submit it using the various data submission forms. The data is held in a queue until it is reviewed by the moderator (J.D. Grimes). If the data is verifiable, it is accepted, and may be used on eFieldGuide.com. Members are awarded points when their data submissions are accepted.
How does the moderator decide whether the data is reliable?
It is essential that all data used on eFieldGuide.com be as reliable as possible. How do we ensure that the data submitted by members is reliable? We do this by requiring members to upload a verification photo; a photo of the species which they are submitting data for. The data may also be compared with other reliable sources.
A verification photo is a photo that is used to verify the data that members submit. It is uploaded when the data is submitted. Verification photos don’t have to be especially pretty, or high quality; but they need to be good enough to be useful in verifying the data. The verification photo must show enough of the species’ distinctive characters so that it can be definitely identified from the photo. If I can’t be absolutely sure about the identity of the species from the photo, then your data will be rejected. If the verification photo is of a different species than the one proposed, then the data will be rejected, even if I can definitely identify the subject. In that case you will have to resubmit the data, for the correct species. I will not make any attempt to identify the species for you after the data has been submitted. If you need help identifying a species, seek it before submitting any data.
Members must upload a verification photo for each species they wish to submit data for. The verification photos will be stored on the web server, but will not be displayed in public places on the website. Only you and the moderator will view your verification photos.
For convenience, you do not have to upload a verification photo each time you submit data for the same species. The verification photo you used previously for that species will automatically be associated with your other data submissions for that species. However, after six months the verification photo will expire, and you will be asked to upload a new one for that species when you submit more data for it.
Verification photos may be uploaded through the data submission forms. When you submit the data, you will be asked to upload a verification photo, if you don’t already have one on file for that species. Currently, only .jpg or .jpeg images can be used.
Rule #1: Never submit data that you aren’t absolutely sure of.
If you are not absolutely sure that the data you wish to submit is correct, then don’t submit it. That will save both you and I a lot of time. Because if you do submit it, there’s a good chance that your data will be rejected. Having your data rejected will subtract from your points. SO MAKE ABSOLUTELY SURE THAT YOUR DATA IS CORRECT BEFORE CLICKING THE SUBMIT BUTTON. Thank you.
When members have their data approved, they are awarded points. The number of points depends on the type of data submitted. However, if your data is rejected, you will have points subtracted from your account. That’s why its so important to be sure of your data before you submit it.
Terms of Data License
As a member of the eFieldGuide.com Data Group, you agree to the following terms of license for the data you submit:
Let’s Get Started!
Now that you know how the Data Group works, you can start submitting data. But be sure to read all of the documentation about a type of data before using the submission form associated with it. If you’re new, a good place to start is the distribution data forms. If you have any questions, make sure to check the forums first, and do a search before starting your own topic. If you don’t find your answer, then post a new topic. And most of all, have fun!