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Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo Amphibian Database. Concerns. Herpetologists How will participants be trained? How do we ensure data quality? How will the data be easily accessed? Who will have access to the data?. Teachers Will the project meet education standards?

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concerns
Concerns
  • Herpetologists
    • How will participants be trained?
    • How do we ensure data quality?
    • How will the data be easily accessed?
    • Who will have access to the data?
  • Teachers
    • Will the project meet education standards?
    • What will the students get out of the project?
    • How will the data be used?
    • Will we be able to see/use all of the data in the classroom?
    • Is this only for Nebraska amphibians?
addressing concerns
Addressing Concerns
  • Quality assurance
    • Extensive training for educators and participants
    • Vetting tools
      • 2 “User Types”
        • Administrators are able to verify and edit data
        • Default users enter data only
  • Data availability
    • All data is available to registered participants
      • Allows educators to plan curriculum based on findings
      • Allows herpetologists to view crude species ranges and track the spread of Chytrid fungus
  • Expansion
    • With use of Google maps, Biofinity database allows us to easily expand to other states (Iowa and South Dakota in the immediate future)
the database
The Database

http://biofinity.unl.edu/biofinity/HDZ/amphibian/create

entering a new amphibian
Entering a new Amphibian
  • Database allows for required and optional fields
educator feedback
Educator Feedback
  • User friendly
  • Like definition between Users and Administrators
    • Data quality assurance
  • Appreciate Google Map

features

  • Would like additional

search tools

  • Overall excitement about

database

project future
Project Future
  • Database will be presented to herpetologists at the fall amphibian meeting hosted by Omaha’s Zoo
  • Transition all participants towards using database
    • 145 occurrences currently entered
    • Some data forms still being sent to Zoo creating a small backlog
    • Survey herpetologists and educators
    • Create additional search tools