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[all] data export issues?

Are you still experiencing data export issues? I know our IT staff was having some problems with hardware and the recent migration of where the virtual machine for citizen science grid is being housed. It looks like everything is running on my end but I just wanted to double check with everyone in case some export process got lost in the transition.

Travis Desell on Wednesday, December 6th
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[all] min post credit

Hi All,

Since work is flowing pretty much steadily now, to help better deal with spammers I've set a minimum credit limit to post to 1. If this is going to be an issue (and now you can't post), please send me an email.

Also, to create a team a user will also need to have credit.

Hoping this helps!


Travis Desell on Wednesday, August 16th
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[all] cooling failure - potential downtime

I've been informed that the cooling system has gone down in the university datacenter that houses the virtual machine that the Citizen Science Grid runs on. As of now, they're not going to be shutting down the virtual machine, but it's still a potential. I just wanted to get a warning message out to everyone in case the site goes down for a period of time. Our system administrators are working on it and hopefully we don't experience any downtime, but if we do they'll be doing their best to get things back up and running.

Travis Desell on Saturday, March 25th
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[all] travel alert

Just a heads up that I'm currently traveling until February 28th, so I apologize for any slow responses. I'll still be checking in to email and the forums periodically while I'm away, just not as frequently as usual.

Travis Desell on Monday, February 20th
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[all] Interview with Team Gridcoin

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of chatting with some people from Team Gridcoin, who recorded the session. If you'd like to check it out, here it is!

Looking forward to the next one! I'll try and inform everyone when I'll be joining next if anyone else would like to take part.

Travis Desell on Tuesday, March 7th
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[wildlife, climate, dna] continuing hardware issues

Hi All,

Our sys admins are still hard working to come up with a solution. Disk issues might not be resolved until Monday.


Travis Desell on Friday, December 9th
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[wildlife,dna,climate] hardware issues

Hi All,

There are some issues with the storage mount that CSG uses, so some of the interfaces may not be working while they work to fix it. Hopefully it should be resolved by the end of the day.


Travis Desell on Thursday, December 8th
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[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
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[climate] making a push to classify some tweets for a publication

So our colleague Andrei is making a push to get 10 classifications for a set of 600 tweets - with the goal of comparing results from CSGrid to results he paid for on Amazon's mechanical turk. I'd like to show that you guys are much better at this!

We've almost got 10 classifications for each of those 600 tweets. 457 are completely finished, and the remaining ones all have over 4 classifications so we're almost there.

So if you could help us finish up these last tweets for a publication, or could help get the word out about it any help would really be appreciated!

Travis Desell on Wednesday, May 18th
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[climate, dna, subset_sum, wildlife] Citizen Science Grid Logo!

At long last we have a logo!

And just another plug for our twitter account:

Travis Desell on Thursday, July 14th
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Contact Information

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

Climate Tweets is run by:
  • Travis Desell, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, University of North Dakota
  • Aaron Bergstrom, High Performance Computing Specialist, University of North Dakota
  • Lindsey Wingate, Undergraduate Research Assistant, University of North Dakota
With the following external collaborators:


All publications, talks and posters about Climate Tweets can be viewed on the Citizen Science Grid's publications page.


The Climate Tweets project is in part supported by the North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).

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