User of the Day

User profile
Profile Nosferatu*
My name is David. I am 45 years old and live in Texas. I work as a Jack of all Trades for a glass factory. I like building and repairing computers in...

News RSS


[wildife] Article about Wildlife@Home and Ducks Unlimited

Ducks Unlimited just put out a cool article with a lot of neat videos about our collaboration with them. You can read it here:

http://www.ducks.org/nestcam2016?poe=UND

Enjoy!

Travis Desell on Thursday, July 14th
leave a comment


[wildlife,climate] status update

Just a status update. Things are a bit hectic (I'm flying to Memphis today for another research project and will be there for the rest of the week) and the following week is our last week of classes so I apologize with slow movement on our end.

After the semester is over I have quite a bit of updates to make. Top of the list is to get the validator for the new Wildlife@Home image classification up and going (along with working progress bars) and have some top lists for this as well. We have a bunch of cool badges for the project as well.

We're still pushing for climate tweets as well, and it seems like I have a couple bugs to fix.

Please let me know if there are any other things you'd like moved up to the top of my to-do list so once the summer starts I can make sure things are working nicely here!

Travis Desell on Monday, May 9th
leave a comment


[climate, dna, subset_sum, wildlife] Citizen Science Grid Logo!

At long last we have a logo!



And just another plug for our twitter account:

https://twitter.com/CitizenSciGrid/status/723142443772706817

Travis Desell on Thursday, July 14th
leave a comment


[wildlife] image review and new student introduction

Hi everybody! My name's Marshall, and I'm a new graduate student helping out on the Wildlife@Home project.

My first responsibility has been the creation of an image review interface for a few projects that we're working on, including trailcam and unmanned aerial images from the Hudson Bay area in Canada.

You can click "Review Images" on the Wildlife@Home main page, or you can go directly to the Image Selector.

Please note, depending on the size of your monitor, the full image may not be shown. You'll see a dotted-line for areas that you can scroll over to, but I'll be tweaking the interface to make it more obvious and include more information on the interface.

Please review the Species Information before attempting to categorize the images. If you need help while looking at an image, there's a Species Help (as well as a limited Interface Help) button on the review interface.

Badges and other tracking coming soon!

Have fun,
Marshall

Marshall Mattingly on Sunday, April 24th
leave a comment


[wildlife,climate,dna,subset_sum] spam user purge

We've had a large influx of spam profiles, so I had to go through and delete a massive amount of them. I deleted any profile that didn't have any credit, hadn't participated in the crowd sourcing pages on wildlife@home or climate tweets, and who hadn't made a forum post. I've also updated the site so that the minimum credit required to make a profile is 1.

I'm hoping I didn't delete any real people in the process. If your account was deleted please send me an email and I'll restore it - or you could just make a new one as it didn't have any credit or forum posts anyways.

Travis Desell on Sunday, January 17th
leave a comment


[wildlife,climate,dna,subset_sum] update!

Just wanted to give everyone an update as things have been a bit quiet on my front. I moved into a new house over the last week or so, which has limited my time quite a bit (and my internet connection for awhile). We're almost all moved in now, so there should be a more movement from me this week. We have some new DNA@Home runs that we will be getting started - and I think I might have found/fixed a potential bug that was causing some of the errors in the DNA@Home workunits.

Travis Desell on Wednesday, January 13th
leave a comment


[wildlife] New posters for this year's Wildlife Society conference

Hi Everyone!

Susan and her students are off to this year's Wildlife Society conference in Winnipega, Manitoba. I've put them up on our publications page or you can check them out here:

Nickolas Conrad, John Palarski, Rebecca Eckroad, Tanner Gue, Kaylan Carrlson, and Susan Ellis-Felege. Predation and Parental Care at Blue-Winged Teal (Anas discors) Nests in North Dakota.

Amanda Saul, Rebeca A. Eckroad, Kyle Goehner, Rebecca VanderClute, Travis Desell and Susan Ellis-Felege. Effectiveness of Citizen Science vs Expert Observation in Classification of Nesting Bird Behaviors Captured on Camera.

Let us know what you think and if you have any questions! Again, thanks so much for all your help, all this wouldn't be possible without you.

Travis Desell on Tuesday, October 13th
leave a comment


[wildlife] removing support for .ogv files

I'm in the process of removing all the .ogv files to save a lot of space and simplify things server side. These shouldn't be required anymore. If you're having trouble viewing video, try upgrading your browser. It should do the trick, but if it doesn't let me know.

Travis Desell on Sunday, October 4th
leave a comment


[wildlife] dropping ogg video format

Just looking for some feedback. It looks like now all browsers are supporting mp4 as a video format for HTML5 streaming. Because of this I'd like to drop the ogg video, which should free up many terabytes of video and also make video conversion significantly faster. Does anyone have any issues with this?

Travis Desell on Tuesday, September 1st
leave a comment


[wildlife,climate] updates to badges!

I've updated the climate tweets badges, and added a set of badges for Wildlife@Home with blue winged teal for video watching. I've also reduced the amount of valid events for video watching, and tweets classified for moving up on the badges to more realistic values (they might still be a bit high and i'm willing to change them a bit more if you think thats a good idea). Let me know what you think of the new/updated badges! I'm hoping to have the climate tweet validator up and going tonight/tomorrow. I'll be testing tonight and will keep you posted.

Travis Desell on Tuesday, January 19th
leave a comment

Active Projects

Feel free to scroll through our image gallery above to get a better idea of what is going on with the project and see the field biologists in action, talk to us on the message boards, or watch videos about the project on our Google+ YouTube Channel. The following projects are actively being worked on by these Wildlife@Home team members:

Contact Information

Please email any questions or suggestions to Travis Desell, or feel free to post a message in our forums.

The Wildlife@Home team includes:

  • Travis Desell, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, University of North Dakota
  • Susan Ellis-Felege, Assistant Professor of Biology, University of North Dakota
  • Chris Felege, Educational Outreach Coordinator, Instructor of Biology, University of North Dakota
  • Alicia Andes, Graduate Research Assistant in Biology, University of North Dakota
  • Connor Bowley, Graduate Research Assistant in Computer Science, University of North Dakota
  • Nickolas Conrad, Undergraduate Research Assistant in Biology, University of North Dakota
  • Kyle Goehner, Graduate Research Assistant in Computer Science, University of North Dakota
  • Marshall Mattingly III, Graduate Research Assistant in Computer Science, University of North Dakota
  • John Palarski, Undergraduate Research Assistant in Biology, University of North Dakota
  • Lindsey Wingate, Undergraduate Research Assistant in Computer Science, University of North Dakota
With agency support from:
  • Kaylan Carrlson, Manager of Conservation Planning, Ducks Unlimited.
  • Tanner Gue, Conservation Specialist, Ducks Unlimited.
  • Aaron Robinson, North Dakota Game and Fish.
  • Terry Shaffer, U.S.G.S. Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center.
  • Mark Sherfy, U.S.G.S. Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center.
With previous support from:
  • Robert Bergman, Graduate Research Assistant in Computer Science, University of North Dakota
  • Paul Burr, Graduate Research Assistant in Biology, University of North Dakota
  • Benjamin Carpenter, Undergraduate Research Assistant in Compute Science, University of North Dakota
  • Becca Eckroad, Undergraduate Research Assistant in Biology, University of North Dakota
  • Jaeden Lovin, Undergraduate Research Assistant in Compute Science, University of North Dakota
  • Adam Pachl, Undergraduate Research Assistant in Biology, University of North Dakota
  • Julia Johnson, Undergraduate Research Assistant in Biology, University of North Dakota
  • Nitin Karodiya, Graduate Research Assistant in Computer Science, University of North Dakota
  • Eric Kjeldergaard, Graduate Research Assistant in Computer Science, University of North Dakota
  • Leila Mohsenian, Undergraduate Research Assistant in Biology, University of North Dakota
  • Kelly Sagen, Undergraduate Research Assistant in Biology, University of North Dakota
  • Rebecca VanderClute, Undergraduate Research Assistant in Computer Science, University of North Dakota

Publications

All publications, talks and posters about DNA@Home can be viewed on the Citizen Science Grid's publications page.

Support

Funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Wildlife@Home is currently being supported by NSF award no. 1319700 through the Division of Intelligent Information Systems's Information Integration and Informatics (III) program.

Wildlife@Home is collaborating with Ducks Unlimited on a project invovling blue winged teal.

Wildlife@Home has been generously supported by a collaborative research award and new faculty SEED grant from UND's Office of Research Development and Compliance. The project's video streaming server is hosted by UND's Computational Research Center and the volunteer computing server is hosted by UND's Scientific Computing Center.


North Dakota Game and Fish has provided financial support for field logistics to collect sharp-tailed grouse videos.

USGS has provided financial support for camera equipment, video storage, and field assistance to collect data for the piping plover and interior least tern.

Powered by BOINC

Wildlife@Home is in part powered by the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC).