So, the idea here is that we can use the commenting tools to discuss anything about the site or planktonic foraminifera. If discussions get long we can split the page into different topics. If no-one says anything we will quietly remove the page.At the very least we will read every comment posted here so feel free to use this for:
I amazed with the existence of this up-to-date biological database that uses modern bibliography. Congratulations on your project, your hard work is highly appreciated.
I write to you to request the usage of your images in Wikipedia. I come from the WikiProject Protista, where we strive to expand the publicly available knowledge of protists in a free-usage website. The use of images is one of the most important parts of making scientific knowledge available for a wider audience. I want to ask for your permission to use images from your website for this objective.
Before you decide, please be aware that uploading images to Wikipedia implies releasing them to public domain, or through some kind of Creative Commons license that allows commercial use. They will only be uploaded with your explicit written permission.
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In prinicple you are welcome to use mikrotax (and wikipedia is the best thing on the internet), but we don't own copyright of the images used here. They come from a range of sources including open access journals, individual research collections (where they have given us permission to use their image on this site), journals which have given us permission to use images, etc. So, I am afraid you can't assume images here are open access and we can't give you any kind of special permission to use the images. If you click an image the metadata on it includes the source of the image and in general you will need to go back to that source to determine what the copyright situation is in terms of reuse on wikipedia.
first thing congrats for the excellent tool you guys made and developed keeping it open, up to date and easy to use. It is very nice aldo to maintain the comments. I had a suggestion that maybe you already had thinked about, but here it goes:
Would you ever considered to create a "click and compare" tool, so when someone is trying to determine a taxon this person could open many colons for each candidate with the lines showing a given feature like age, aperture or ornamentation. I think this coul help in identification. Just wondering here.
Thanks for the kind words, it is always good to hear from people who are using the system. A select and compare feature has been suggested before and I have thought about it, but I am not sure about the amount of work need vs results. I will think about it again though. I would, however, suggest you experiment with the advanced search page - it does not work exactly how you were suggesting but there is a lot you can do on that page - for example select all taxa from a time interval with a particular set of characters. Also, if you have the screen space, then opening a couple of windows can really help.
Dear Bob the Builder
Thanks you for your interest in the website, and if you do have any serious suggestions we will be glad to fix it, if we can. However, the comments you and your friends Mr & Mrs Isotope, Sponge Bob Pete and Science Genius have left so far have not been especially informative so I have deleted them, whilst leaving your contribution as an example of the form.
New plotting tools for Neptune data - October 2018
We have now added new tools to allow plotting of Neptune occurrence frequency data either in latitude-age grid or on biogeographic maps. These are available from the tools menu. Also, a table of data appears below the biographic maps which provides full metadata for the samples the occurrence data comes from.
Upgrade - September 2018
We have now added a very large set of data on Oligocene planktonic foraminifera, from Wade et al. (2108) Atlas of Oligocene Planktonic Foraminifera. As a result we have also merged the Neogene and Paleogene modules. This makes the site much more nearly comprehensive. Any feedback is very welcome
This is for A.palmerae, that is incorrect. base in Lutetian stage and top in Ypresian stage is correct.
Last occurrence (top): within E7 zone (45.72-50.20Ma, top in Lutetian stage). Data source: Berggren et al. 2006, f12.1
First occurrence (base): within E7 zone (45.72-50.20Ma, base in Ypresian stage). Data source: Berggren et al. 2006, f12.1
Good to hear you find the database useful and thank you for pointing out that mistake, and especially for taking the time to work out what had happened. I hope this was an isolated mistake arising during bulk processing of hundreds of images but if you spot any more please do let us know via the comments. I have replaced the images now with the correct ones.
Good that you like the site. The nearest thing for benthonics so far is the foraminfera.eu site, which is a very impressive effort but coming from a somewhat different direction. It would certainly be possible to put you monograph into the mikrotax format and maybe it would be a good way to start a benthic site of this type, certainly we are very willing to expand the scope of the project.
It is great to see the Chronos Database safe, in a new place and with the addition of most of the Neogene taxa.
We will use this valuable resource frequently to better understand and discuss amongst us the ID of the many planktonic specimens in our samples. It will help us a lot to enlarge our catalog.