A little more progress

I’ve finally managed to make some progress on the core application (I’ve been working on importing data via CSV and tab-delimited text) but I’m hoping to make v0.0.2.0 available soon – this will be the biggest increment in functionality since the first alpha.

What this will open up is the ability to manage locations – to this point the locations tab has been hidden from alpha versions but I’ve got enough feedback on the species selection features to open things up a bit.

I’ve also been refining the management of locations and added some new functionality around categorising locations by habitat.

Editing Locations













The above screenshot shows the edit location dialog. From here you can change the name, description, set the location (currently only via latitude and longitude but I’ll work on other formats eventually), change the region, and pick from pre-defined habitat types (again… eventually this will be a customisable list but at the moment it comes from the BTO survey codes). I’ll also be extending the List page to allow you to see a view of species seen in different habitats.

A slightly larger view…

Edit Location













The other thing you may note from the initial shot is that I’m working on integrating with Google Earth to provide mapping capability – in this example it is just to shot the location of the site ou are editing, but this will also extend to being able to view your records and reports on a fully interacive map. More on this soon….

Google Earth


Forgotten something?

I know that when I go out and visit somewhere its the unusual birds that stand out in my memory, but if I want to be even vaguely scientific about things I really should be recording everything that I see. Sometimes the absence of a species is as important as the presence of one.

I’m making some changes to how I enterĀ  a report from a visit, and now when you select which location the report is for, the first thing it does is presents you with a list of all the species you have previously recorded at the site, along with a figure for what percentage of visits that you’ve recorded that species at that site (assuming its a repeat visit and not an entirely new location). The list is sorted by this percentage present figure.

Site Report Wizard

This way your attention is focussed on some of the species that you see so often that you forget about them, before you move on to the next step in the wizard where you can add any other species (you can skip this step if you just want to dive in to entering everything from a list you’ve already jotted down if thats easier).

I know just from looking at these percentages of sightings that I’ve been sloppy in recording common species – taking the above screenshot as an example, I don’t think its possible to visit Amble harbour and not see a cormorant so one of my two reports that I’ve entered is clearly incomplete.