Draft Announcement: Habit in Focus Launch

Interesting point.

I just took some photos of zigzag salamanders in my yard yesterday using my iPhone.

I have no idea if my GPS was turned on or off when I took the photo.

If GPS was on, and I used my iPhone Flickr app to upload directly to Flickr, then it’s possible I might inadvertently publish the location of my yard salamander.

Someone determined to collect a zigzag salamander could then come retrieve one.

I presume the same scenario would be true if I e-mailed my yard salamander to PARC, and PARC then uploaded them to Flickr.

I read online there are a few tools to remove EXIF data ("exchangeable image file format" metadata that includes basics like shutter speed, aperture, camera model, and advanced details like geolocation, when available).

This article, which was linked to from a wikipedia article on "metadata removal tool" was particularly helpful:


The article mentioned that Flickr publishes EXIF metadata by default, but Facebook actually strips EXIF metadata.

So, an easy way to ensure we’re not sharing sensitive geolocation data might be to upload all new images to Facebook first, then download the originals from Facebook, then upload the Facebook downloads to Flickr.

I believe that’d be the fastest and easiest way to ensure a location is not given away inadvertently – neither by PARC nor the photo submitter.

In my opinion it’d be nice to have a "municipality" level of geocoding (e.g., "Knoxville, TN" instead of "Tanner’s Yard with exact GPS coordinates"), so that we could take advantage of Flickr’s spatial data features, but pursuing that would increase the workload for the project.

Although, if submitters reliably include spatial information in their submitted descriptions, like "snake was photographed in Francis Marion National Forest," we can always add that spatial data to Flickr later if we want.


On Sat, Mar 7, 2015 at 3:48 PM, Christopher E. Smith <smit4155> wrote:

Thanks. I like the Flickr embedded album idea. Not sure we would want to include maps, as publicly displaying location information related to herps is typically frowned upon (I wouldn’t want the few examples from MN posted on a detailed map).


On 3/5/15 4:29 PM, Tanner Jessel wrote:

Hi all,

Embedding an album gallery seems to work well.


That feature uses iframes.

I was also thinking of Flickr’s support for maps.

One of the advantages of Flickr is you can view items on a map.

For example, here’s J.D.’s photo stream (as GeoRSS) on a map provided by Flickr:


Unfortunately, Flickr does not have a "built-in" option to "embed" the map Flickr produces.

But, I’ve used the GeoRSS feature Flickr supports to map photos on other kinds of mapping platforms that can be embedded (Google Maps, ArcGIS online, GeoCommons).

Sadly the internet has a rotten habit of continually changing, and Google has recently dropped support of my favorite method using "My Maps" and "My Places."

Google still supports the Flickr GeoRSS in an embedded google map, but PARCs content management system (Joomla) appears not to support (externally linked) Javascript libraries or code.

But, I am sure there is something somewhere that lets us view content in a map.

It’s just figuring out how to accomplish it.

One option might be from ESRI – their "story maps" feature supposedly has some ability to display Flickr photos:


More on Story Maps:


Useful examples:




There’s a whole collection of these:


I am familiar with using ArcGIS online and plan to look at possibilities using J.D.’s nice Flickr photostream.

For now though, I think it is clear that Flickr is a viable option, and we now know it will work on the parcplace site with iframes, but not javascript.

Story maps might also be an option; however: I’m not sure right now if those are automated.

If updates to story maps from Flickr are not automated, then a story map tied to Flickr might be something "neat" to do in the future, but not appropriate for frequent updates with new submissions, given the reality of our volunteer availability.

At any rate, I think Flickr is a smart way for us to proceed.


On Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 8:59 AM, Candace M Hansen-Hendrikx <cmhansen> wrote:

Hi JD,

Sounds good! Thanks for filling me in re: images. At this point I don’t have any further suggestions for the page.



On Mar 5, 2015, at 8:25 AM, John David Willson <jwillson> wrote:

Hi Candace –

The existing toad and wetland images are mine, so no worries there. If we have additional images from others that we really want to use, it is possible to use text attribution or watermarks, but those make for messy and cluttered pages. Tanner is checking out the flickr idea so maybe that will be a viable solution.



John (J.D.) Willson

Assistant Professor

Department of Biological Sciences, SCEN 630

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR 72701


Office: (479) 575-2647


From: Candace M. Hansen-Hendrikx [mailto:cmhansen]
Sent: Thursday, March 05, 2015 3:33 AM
To: Chris Smith
Cc: Tanner Jessel; John David Willson
Subject: Re: Draft Announcement: Habit in Focus Launch


Thanks so much for incorporating the edits as per below.

I was wondering what platform you were using for the site and wasn’t aware of the limitations of Joomla (we’re running wordpress on the backend of amphibians.org). Like Chris though all I was thinking was just a text box underneath any images but if you’re focus is to use images that you have permission to upload without attribution then all is good. The Flickr idea could be a great solution as well.

I’m just a bit neurotic when working on sites about ensuring images are overtly credited when needed.

Chris: do we know where the toad photo came from? We could just reach out to them and ensure it’s okay to use the photo there without attribution and then the issues on the page are solved?

The image on the top I believe came from Priya and I believe PARC has permission to use that image.



On Mar 4, 2015, at 8:16 PM, Christopher E. Smith <smit4155> wrote:

Is it possible to use a small text box under an image to give credit? Alternatively we could add credit to the image file itself before uploading it anywhere.


On 3/4/15 5:40 PM, Tanner Jessel wrote:

Yes, let me try it out and see if joomla permits iframes.

Some cms (like plone that I use for work) do not.

But, I anticipate no problem embedding a single image linked to a Flickr photo / album.

I did not know parc had a Flickr group.

Would you mind to forward the url when you get a chance?


John David Willson <jwillson wrote:

Hey Candace –

I’ve made the edits you suggested – take a look and see what you think.

Re: images – As Tanner mentioned, Joomla seems to have limited abilities to embed image metadata and we’ve generally tried to avoid having lots of text image attributions or watermarks. Our solution to this has typically been to use images primarily from folks that don’t mind not having attribution (such as my images that I put in the new habitat page).

However, I really like Tanner’s idea of using flickr. Tanner, would you be able to play a bit with embedding flickr images through joomla? We could even have a PARC flickr group that explicitly allows us to use contributed images on our site. I’m reasonable active on flickr and would potentially be willing to moderate a PARC flickr group.

Other thoughts???



John (J.D.) Willson

Assistant Professor

Department of Biological Sciences, SCEN 630

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR 72701


Office: (479) 575-2647


From: Candace M. Hansen-Hendrikx [mailto:cmhansen]
Sent: Wednesday, March 04, 2015 4:07 AM
To: John David Willson
Cc: Chris Smith; Tanner Jessel
Subject: Re: Draft Announcement: Habit in Focus Launch

Hi JD,

Thanks so much for pulling this together – it looks great!

Just a couple of really quick thoughts:

1. Is it standard for PARC to leave off captions/photographer credits for the images?

2. Can we update "You are invited to share your stories of habitat restoration projects …” to this instead: "You are invited to share your stories of habitat restoration, land acquisition and conservation projects, as well as examples of good management or changes in management that maintain or improve herp habitat throughout this campaign.”

3. Would it be possible to remove the additional space before the following paragraph "And this is where you come …”

4. Is it possible to increase the buffer space around the toad image. The word “social” is just about disappearing into the image as it’s nudged up quite close.

Chris: would be great to hear your thoughts as well.

But overall, this is fantastic and I’m really excited to see this come together. Thanks JD for working so hard on this!



On Mar 4, 2015, at 12:01 AM, John David Willson <jwillson> wrote:

Hi Chris and Candace –

I’ve put together a basic page for habitat in focus. Take a look and see what you think:


Its still pretty basic and I just threw in a couple of place holder pics, but I’d be interested to get your thoughts before I go further.


From: Christopher

E. Smith [mailto:smit4155]
Sent: Monday, February 16, 2015 7:22 PM
To: John David Willson
Cc: Candace M. Hansen-Hendrikx
Subject: Fwd: Fwd: Draft Announcement: Habit in Focus Launch

Hi JD,

Below is some information about the new Habitat In Focus initiative that we need a landing page for on the PARC website.

The next week is crazy busy for me and I will not have much time to ‘organize’ content for the page, so I wanted to virtually introduce you to Candace. Candace is the project lead and can hopefully help advise on what to add to the webpage.

Sorry to pawn this off but I wanted to get things sent before I leave for a conference in the morning.



About Tanner Jessel

I am a recent M.S. in Information Science graduate from the University of Tennessee School of Information Science. I was formerly a graduate research assistant funded by DataONE (Data Observation Network for Earth). Prior, I worked for four years as a content lead and biodiversity scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey's Biodiversity Informatics Program. Building on my work experience in biodiversity and environmental informatics, my work with DataONE focused on exploring the nature of scientific collaborations necessary for scientific inquiry. I also conducted research concerning user experience and usability, and assisted in development of member nodes with an emphasis on spatial data and infrastructure. I assisted with research designed to understand sociocultural issues within collaborative research communities. Through August 1, 2014, I was based at the Center for Information and Communication Studies at the University of Tennessee School of Information Science in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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