What's New?

New development on LifeDesks officially ceased August 1, 2010. Bugs are fixed as needed.

2.61 (May 15, 2012)

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed last modified values for taxon page listing. Also fixed the sorting on last modified values.
  • Fixed email problems and search functionality.

2.59 (January 12, 2012)

Bug Fixes

  • Modified the email reminder for inactive users.

New Features

  • Enabled automated re-generation of content partner endpoint for LifeDesks who becomes EOL Content Partners

2.58 (October 18, 2011)

Bug Fixes

  • Problem with missing scaled images in the image gallery & node view was resolved.

New Features

  • Enabled the Transliteration module to provide one-way string transliteration (romanization) and clean file names during upload by replacing unwanted characters.

2.57 (October 3, 2011)

Bug Fixes

  • EOL Taxon export should export the original images.
  • Multi-user, collaborative classification tree editor should work in Firefox and Internet Explorer.

2.56 (July 20, 2011)

New Features

  • Added chapter title translations for Tagalog language and are imported when Tagalog language is enabled.

2.55 (June 1, 2011)

New Features

  • Multi-user, collaborative classification tree editor received an HTML5 upgrade. Read the EOL Blog article for background.

2.54 (May 4, 2011)

Bug Fixes

  • Rights holder information is no longer retained on images when Public Domain is chosen

New Features

  • Taxonomic notes created in the classification editor are now shown on taxon pages

2.53 (April 20, 2011)

Bug Fixes

  • Erroneous propagation of synonym entries in the Enyclopedia of Life content partner document was resolved

New Features

  • Drupal core was upgraded
  • The LifeDesks homepage now has a dynamically generated Cooliris widget

2.52 (April 6, 2011)

New Features

  • Copyright owner(s) may now be added for each chapter on a taxon page.

2.51 (March 23, 2011)

Bug Fixes

  • Deleting taxon page headings now executes correctly

2.50 (March 9, 2011)

New Features

  • Presentation of taxon pages adjusted for better view of action items
  • Taxon search was added as a tab in every LifeDesks search options

2.49 (February 23, 2011)

Bug Fixes

  • Auto-expansion of nested chapters that have content was restored on the taxon description form (reported by Breda Zimkus, coordinator of African Amphibians)

New Features

2.48 (February 9, 2011)

Bug Fixes

  • Removed erroneous "OAI2 provider" from content filters
  • Minor interface cleansing
    • Instructions were clarified on the "Add language" interface in the Administration area
    • Minor enhancements to the latest activity blocks on front pages

2.47 (January 26, 2011)

Bug Fixes

  • Spam user account solicitations should now be all but eliminated. Because blocking spam is a never-ending battle, we may implement additional measures in the future.
  • Viewing draft content authored by other members and commenting on draft content is now possible. This was accomplished by giving users with administrator or editor roles the means to edit and or delete another member's content.

New Features

  • A module called OAI2 was installed and enabled across all sites. This will allow organizations like the Biodiversity Heritage Library to harvest bibliographic metadata. Site owners may opt-out by disabling the module.

2.46 (January 12, 2011)

Bug Fixes

  • Publisher and city added to display of biblio book items

New Features

  • Edit biblio icons added to taxon pages for authenticated contributors
  • Unless a site has at least one published image, it will no longer be visible in the sites gallery

2.45 (December 15, 2010)

New Features

  • Image Gallery was re-engineered (requested by Ross Robertson, coordinator of Fishes of the Neotropics)
    • Images are now presented as paged lists of 20 thumbnails
    • Images may be organized into thematic galleries
    • Individual image pages have a mouse-over, dynamic zoom

2.44 (December 1, 2010)

Bug Fixes

  • Sortable "Last Modified" column on taxon list pages restored for authenticated users (reported by Leo Shapiro, member of EOL Species Rapid Response).
  • Offline Excel templates may now contain reserved words such as "Status" for chapter titles (reported by Jocelyn Nelson, member of Marine Biodiversity of British Columbia).
  • All taxa and all content search indices were reconstructed across all LifeDesks

New Features

  • A required rights holder field has been added to image submission forms
  • Page Not Found and Access Denied error pages now shown on individual LifeDesk sites

2.43 (November 17, 2010)

Bug Fixes

  • Content associated with synonyms or vernacular names are now grouped under the valid, parent names and their local identifiers in the EOL content partner export

New Features

  • A new "Shaded Map" content type was added whereby political regions may be shaded to approximate distribution

2.42 (Nov 3, 2010)

Bug Fixes

  • Latest image on LifeDesks homepages now properly shown when users select language other than English when creating image.
  • Internet Explorer 7 users should now be able to login to their site. An element in the page layout broke proper rendering in Internet Explorer <8 (reported by Bruce McCune, coordinator of Hypogymnia)
  • Bulk deleting orphaned content in 'My Account' section was fixed (reported by Bruce McCune, coordinator of Hypogymnia)

New Features

  • The hyperlinked EOL icon on each taxon page was added to all public-facing taxon pages
  • Public-facing Creative Commons icons are linked to the relevant Creative Commons page

2.41 (October 20, 2010)

Bug Fixes

  • Importing offline Excel templates for taxon page text no longer results in error thrown (reported by Jocelyn Nelson, member of Marine Biodiversity of British Columbia)
  • Ordering of bibliographic items in the EOL content partner exchange now mirrors that of taxon pages in LifeDesk
  • Users of Internet Explorer 7 should now be able to login (reported by Bruce McCune, coordinator of Hypogymnia)
  • Paging through lists of orphaned content in users' "My Account" now properly rendered
  • Email message to users whose content are associated with deleted taxon names was reworded with more effective instruction. Notifications may be disabled via users' "My Account" interface.
  • Handling of mutli-author creation/re-ordering on taxon page text forms was fixed

New Features

  • Database transactions were enabled for tables involved in names editing, which will significantly reduce if not eliminate data integrity issues
  • Interface for the creation of alternate biological classifications, biological flags, and free-form tags is more user-friendly
  • New root taxa may now be added in empty primary or any alternate biological classification via the tree editor

2.40 (Septemer 29, 2010)

Bug Fixes

  • Multi-author creation and selection for taxon page text was fixed to permit addition and re-ordering prior to saving the form
  • Navigating away from a taxon page authoring form will now alert the user if the form has not been first saved

New Features

  • Classification tree editing now does automatic polling to re-render portions of the tree if there are simultaneous user actions. This is particularly useful in group editing situations.
  • LifeDesks-wide search was re-worked to permit easier search by site, content, or taxa (e.g. Try it)
  • More data monitoring routines were added and a data cleansing routine will soon be enabled.
  • Users affected by deleted taxa will be notified via email
  • The "Orphaned Content" tool in users' "My Account" now permits discovery of content whose tagged taxon has been deleted.
  • Names import now produces a link that upon clicking, will render the appropriate tree in the editing interface.

2.39 (September 15, 2010)

Bug Fixes

  • Classification edit logs are now stored in a dedicated table in each site to prevent premature loss of log data
  • All site owners now have permission to enable languages

2.38 (September 1, 2010)

New Features

  • Chapter Title Translations
    • Chapter title translations are imported when English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and/or Romanian languages are enabled
    • The administrative chapter configuration tool has been adjusted to accommodate the creation of and adjustment to translations
    • A new link on taxon pages will appear when a language has been enabled and content has been written in that language
    • Content and chapter titles in all available languages are faithfully preserved upon creation of the EOL endpoint
  • EOL Endpoint
    • All chapters need not be mapped to the Species Profile Model prior to producing the EOL endpoint. Content under unmapped chapters will remain within one's LifeDesk
  • Biological Classifications
    • Excel file import received substantial work with bug fixes and better error handling
    • More checks were put in place in the tree editing interface to prevent the persistence of ghost names in either primary or alternate classifications
    • A data monitoring and cleansing module was introduced to help eliminate ghost names and other data inconsistencies. As a start, we will monitor for and cleanse a few data integrity issues that do not impinge on site functionality. We will introduce more routines in upcoming releases.

2.37 (August 4, 2010)

Bug Fixes

  • Auto preview of user profile images and site logos was removed such that upload will continue to work in Google Chrome and Safari

2.36 (July 21, 2010)

Bug Fixes

  • Permissions for uploading EndNote or RIS files into bibliographies were properly assigned to all contributors of a LifeDesk.

New Features

  • Multiple authors may now be selected/inserted/re-ordered for each chapter in a taxon page. The order of authors is preserved for presentation on taxon pages and in the EOL content partner document.
  • The list of taxon pages with content was re-engineered to show compiler(s), summary of data objects, and if a name has been deleted from the classification.

2.35 (July 7, 2010)

Bug Fixes

  • Drupal core modules were updated
  • All LifeDesk contributed modules were updated

New Features

  • Languages French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Swahili may now be enabled (or activated and later deactivated) for data entry

2.34 (June 23, 20120)

Bug Fixes

  • Form to create the taxon page Excel template is now properly rendered when there is only one taxon in the classification.
  • Restored presentation of profile images in the member gallery page

New Features

  • The autogenerated citation at the bottom of all taxon pages may now be hidden from view.
  • Selection of language and chapters with redirection to editing form was enhanced on taxon pages for logged in users and authors.
  • A new page with RSS feed was added for visitors to learn what we are currently working on.

2.33 (June 9, 2010)

Bug Fixes

  • Cosmetic fix to row background colors in tables

New Features

  • Taxon page text and image descriptions may now be authored in French or Romanian. See the LifeDesk Help Site for more information

2.32 (May 26, 2010)

Bug Fixes

  • Descriptions for images are now faithfully reproduced in the EOL content partner export

New Features

  • The classification publishing form has new fields to specify a primary author and a rich text editor for the abstract. When published, a new page entitled "Classification" will be created in the main menu.

2.31 (May 12, 2010)

Bug Fixes

  • Generation of the EOL content partner document was fixed to first check for the existence of files in the filesystem prior to producing an XML element for an image.

New Features

  • The Create a LifeDesk form was adjusted to present a scrollable listing of existing sites while entering names in a new "Possible taxa" field
  • The New Features page now has an RSS feed

2.30 (April 28, 2010)

Bug Fixes

  • Uploading a site logo will no longer break layout because it is now automatically resized
  • Images tagged with multiple taxa will be properly duplicated under taxon elements in the EOL content partner export

New Features

  • The LifeDesk theme was re-architected to have a public menu where custom pages such as "About Us" or "Our Lab" may be added. A private menu containing action items is visible when logged in (requested by Einar Timdal, coordinator of the Psora LifeDesk)
  • Real-time image preview was added to the profile editing form and to the logo upload form
  • The Discover Sites page now has an option to sort the thumbnail gallery of all LifeDesks
  • A list of preliminary APIs and RSS feeds across all LifeDesks was created

2.29 (April 14, 2010)

Bug Fixes

  • The green bar at the top of every page was coded differently to ensure better search engine optimization

New Features

  • A classifications tab was added to these pages where citations for and downloads of published classifications across all LifeDesks sites will be automatically updated

2.28 (March 31, 2010)

Bug Fixes

  • Grid editor performance was improved by not re-rendering rows when a filter or search is conducted.
  • Blocked users are not shown in the members list unless logged in as administrator or owner

New Features

  • Site editors, administrators, and owners may now send bulk email invitations to solicit membership
  • OpenSearch added for LifeDesks-wide and within LifeDesk searches

2.27 (March 17, 2010)

Bug Fixes

  • Occasional browser hanging was eliminated. LifeDesks are now much more responsive.
  • Possibility of duplicate images on taxon pages was eliminated.

New Features

2.26 (March 8, 2010)

Bug Fixes

  • Orphaned content management tool was fixed (reported by Breda Zimkus, coordinator of the African Amphibians LifeDesk)
  • Links to non-biological classifications in the image gallery were removed until a more effective presentation of these items may be designed and implemented
  • Logging of actions in the classification grid editor was fixed

New Features

  • Search results within a LifeDesk were reworked to clearly itemize the list of hits into data types

2.25 (February 19, 2010)

Bug Fixes

  • For sites that have elected to be EOL content partners, the exchange document was fixed with respect to image captions
  • WYSIWYG editor was restored for pages

New Features

  • You can now search your own LifeDesk and optionally search across all LifeDesks. The search index is adjusted every night at 11:00 PM EST.
  • A simple grid editor was created to complement the classification tree editor. This may be used to more quickly add metadata to names whereas the tree editor should continue to be used to maintain relationships between names.

2.24 (February 5, 2010)

Bug Fixes

  • Handling of empty cells in a full hierarchy upload was fixed (reported by Breda Zimkus, coordinator of the African Amphibians LifeDesk)

New Features

  • Owners and administrators of LifeDesk sites may now publish a human- and machine-readable package of their classification. Work is underway for the Encyclopedia of Life to periodically harvest these classifications as alternate browsing structures.
  • Classification import from file was extended with a "VernacularsLanguage" column containing ISO language codes. Similarly, export also includes this new column.
  • Images and taxon page text are now submitted initially in a Draft state (optional)
  • The image upload form was reorganized
  • Images in the LifeDesk galleries and taxon pages now have a pop-up permalink field for simple copy/paste linking elsewhere
  • Dublin Core metadata was added to taxon pages for simple ingestion by browser plug-in bibliographic managers like Zotero and for better search engine optimization

2.23 (January 22, 2010)

Bug Fixes

  • Recognition of "Identifier", "Synonyms" and "Vernaculars" columns in Excel 97-2004 and 2007 templates for classification uploads was fixed to properly express which of these three columns might be missing
  • Selection and retention of citation containing original taxon description was fixed in the classification editor
  • A dedicated SMTP server is now used, which means email messages from LifeDesks (e.g. requesting automated password resets) should not be caught as spam by institutional email systems

New Features

  • Excel 97-2004 and 2007 templates for taxon page text now exports existing content that you previously authored and, upon re-upload, will update your content (requested by Gail Ashton, coordinator of the Caprellids LifeDesk)
  • Tables may now be inserted in WYSIWYG text editors (requested by Jeremy Miller, coordinator of the Araneae LifeDesk)
  • The biblio module was upgraded (see http://drupal.org/project/biblio for description of fixes and enhancements)
  • Images in the EOL content partner document were reordered such that what is presented on EOL will show exemplars first (if marked as such) then all remaining images per taxon in ascending chronological order of submission

2.22 (January 8, 2010)

Bug Fixes

  • Upload of native Excel 97-2004 and 2007 files for classifications in parent-child format was enhanced to prevent erroneous structures that may occur under unusual circumstances

New Features

  • Classification export functions were rewritten to be more flexible and, as a first cut, parent-child (tab-delimited text or native Excel), Taxon Concept Schema (xml), and Darwin Core (xml) may be produced
  • A new button and option in the right-click context menu in the classification editor now permits paste of flat lists under a chosen parent taxon name

2.21 (December 23, 2009)

Bug Fixes

  • Creation and upload of native Excel 97-2004 templates for taxon page text was fixed
    • Accepted Creative Commons licenses are checked while uploading
    • Published states "Published" or "Draft" are checked while uploading

New Features

  • Native Excel versions 97-2004 and 2007 may now be used to import names and classifications
    • A "Check File" routine was built into the new tool
    • Several example Excel downloads are provided that contain informative comments

2.20 (December 14, 2009)

Bug Fixes

  • Handling of original species description citation in the classification editing interface was fixed to prevent insertion of empty data
  • Auto-expansion and auto-selection of all child branches in the tree selector used to tag content with taxonomic names was removed for better performance and prevention of browser crashing

New Features

  • A native Excel parser was introduced to help eliminate issues with bulk upload of textual descriptions of taxa. Tab-delimited text files, Excel 97-2004, and Excel 2007 templates may be produced and re-imported with content. (requested by Gail Ashton, coordinator of the Caprellids LifeDesk)
  • Sorting of bibliographic items was improved by making use of existing code in the Bibliography Module
    • An RSS feed was enabled on the biblio page in each LifeDesk
    • COinS mark-up is present on taxon pages. This exposes bibliographic citations to import into 3rd party bibliographic management tools like Zotero
    • By default, bibliographic items are presented using the American Psychological Association (APA) style. Likewise, this is the format that will be sent to EOL in the content partner document along with the COinS mark-up.

2.19 (December 4, 2009)

Bug Fixes

  • Option to choose published or draft state while creating new content was restored

New Features

  • Default image page now includes Creative Commons licensing icon and attribution

2.18 (November 20, 2009)

Bug Fixes

  • All Biodiversity Informatics Group modules in the LifeDesk codebase were cleaned to permit more effective translation into other languages

New Features

  • Handling of Excel template uploads received an upgrade:
    • Preview of uploaded chapter text was reworked to be more visually pleasing and reflective of what will appear on taxon pages
    • Permitted HTML tags are retained upon import
  • Taxon page layout was changed to make more effective use of space:
    • Classification tree is tucked away as is done on every LifeDesk front page
    • Action links are placed where most appropriate (e.g. "Edit name" links added beside every taxonomic name on the page for direct entry into the name editing interface in the classification editor)

2.17 (November 10, 2009)

Bug Fixes

  • EOL Content Partner export received some fixes: all references tagged with taxon names are now properly produced, user-created chapter titles are now included in the export along with the Species Profile Model chapter headings, and a bug that failed to produce all chapter content was fixed

New Features

  • Chapter configuration tool received an upgrade. It is now easier to manage taxon page chapter headings and descriptions
  • Rich text editing was enabled on front page text boxes, taxon page text, and the description text box for images
  • A system announcement box was added to the top, left side of every LifeDesk page. When we need to take sites offline for maintenance and upgrades, we will provide an informative warning message in this box in advance of the event
  • Biological flags on taxon names are now inserted into the EOL content partner export

2.16 (October 29, 2009)

Bug Fixes

  • Automated production of EOL content partner document was fixed

New Features

  • PDFs of taxon pages can now be produced
  • Tabbed layout of the taxon description form was replaced with expandable fieldsets