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Thanks Steve it's sorted now - I just had to reload Adobe Flash Player which must have gone out of date or something.
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Hi Paul,

It may have been a temporary glitch. GMLRC RODIS is working fine. Try this link
GMLRC RODIS or click on the RODIS icon at the bottom of the forum.


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Is there a problem with RODIS at present? My link which I normally use is currently giving me a black screen which has a small box top right giving access to Google Earth map and nothing else.

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David Walsh wrote:

but my general recording of mammals, plants, and invertebrates, via RODIS, has more or less stopped, due to the time it takes to do along with other commitments.

I would be interested to hear from any others, if they have succeeded in using RODIS on any mobile platforms.

David

-- Edited by David Walsh on Sunday 7th of August 2016 01:56:19 PM





David,

apologies for the late response to your post. Paul's suggestion of using the GMLRC RODIS compatible spreadsheet is definitely worth trying to see if it helps save you time on record input. It is relatively quick and easy to import these files into your RODIS account.

However, the other option you may wish to consider is using the RODIS app on your Android device whilst out in the field. This is free to download from Play Store. When installing select the UK species dictionary option. I've been using the app for most of my recording since 2013 and whilst there were some initial teething problems the latest version has been stable and works well on my Moto G mobile. It also works on Samsung and Galaxy tablets but apparently not on Sony Xperia. It would be worth giving it a try on other Android devices but I don't have any experience of these.

The beauty of the app is that it allows you to record a precise grid reference (8 figure 10m accuracy) for all your wildlife sightings. So if you are lucky enough to locate a colony of Small Heath or Wall butterflies on a featureless expanse of moorland you will know exactly where you found them. You need to download the Bing hybrid map tiles on your wi-fi before hand to avoid using up large amounts of data. So covering a local patch as you do, you only need to download the tiles once. Over the past month with daily use my data usage has been 100Mb, on the rare occasions I venture outside of Rochdale and don't have the tiles for the area already downloaded.

It is easy to export the files off your phone and relatively straightforward to import them into your RODIS account thanks to a special Excel file Paul has created with an embedded macro that converts the file format. You can also run the grid references of your records through another piece of Paul's IT wizardry called the intersection tool which will tell you which are inside and which outside an SBI and even whether your sighting of a Wryneck, or other rarity, is inside or outside GM. That could be vital in those border lands you frequent biggrin You can of course also check this via the GMLRC interactive map map app out in the field (if you have an internet signal) or when you get home.

Anyway, if you need any help with using the RODIS app do please get in touch. Alternatively, for people who use non Android devices there is an online record form on the GMLRC website which will work providing you have an internet signal and has a mapping function to record the location of your sighting GMLRC Record Submission

Your comment about "submitting the odd bird record via MapMate" made me smile. Is there an emoticon for "tongue planted firmly in cheek"? Thanks for the many records of birds and other wildlife you have submitted over the past four years.

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Hi David,

A port of the front end from Flash Player to HTML5/JSON has been on the cards for a long while but not much progress has been made unfortunately. RODiS was developed and is maintained by the team at Cheshire Local Record Centre. It is closed source so only the team there can modify the application.

I feel your pain re: wanting to use RODiS on the move or on non personal computer devices. Until we can offer something cross device compatible would you be interested in submitting records via spreadsheet? I would be happy to import these into your RODiS account for you. I could send you the RODiS import spreadsheet which provides the columns required.

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Are there any plans to move RODIS away from Flash Player, and onto another web codec, as I understand Flash Player is being gradually replaced around the web with the alternative HTML5 standard?

I have an iPad, iPhone, and an Android device, all of which I use regularly, and none of which support Flash Player, meaning my only means of recording via RODIS is by pc, which is less convenient, and much more time consuming. I know there are other apps that can be downloaded which can facilitate Flash Player on non-pcs, but from what I can gather they are not guaranteed, and can slow down performance.

I submit butterfly records to Peter Hardy, the county recorder, and the odd bird record to Steve Atkins via MapMate, but my general recording of mammals, plants, and invertebrates, via RODIS, has more or less stopped, due to the time it takes to do along with other commitments.

I would be interested to hear from any others, if they have succeeded in using RODIS on any mobile platforms.

David

-- Edited by David Walsh on Sunday 7th of August 2016 01:56:19 PM

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Many thanks ..... received the email. Should be up and running soon.

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Hi Paul,

Thanks for your message. This probably isn't the best place to exchange usernames and passwords etc. I will drop you an email instead.

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Hello GM Records

I set up a RODIS ID some while ago - maybe more than a year (!) and have only used it a couple of times to make submissions. I am resolving to become a "proper" birder and submit my records, but I have forgotten my username and password - as you do! There doesn't seem to be any facility for retrieval of these - obviously I can create a new ID, but I thought I'd check out on here first. It makes more sense to reactivate the old one if that's possible, I guess.


Thanks for any help.

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Hi Craig,

I've just checked on the system and we have recieved and processed 3 files of records from yourself. Two in 2013 and one last monday. Thank you for taking the time to enter these and submit them formally. Speak soon and happy birding!

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Thanks Paul. Ive submitted any significant records for the site over the last few years as Ive been going along so you should have some records. If you don't have anything can you let me know as something must have gone wrong somewhere.

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Hi Craig,

Paul here. I work at the Local Record Centre with Steve.

Just to confirm Viridor Wood has been added as a site. Records near SD589009 should now list the wood as a site.

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OK Craig,

We should be able to get the site added fairly soon. I'll let you know when it is in the RODIS database.

It will be good to get some records from Viridor Wood. The site exists on the GMBRG database but it has been a few years since anyone has submitted records on a regular basis from there.

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Cheers Steve. That makes sense. However, it would be great if you could add Viridor Wood onto the database.

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Hi Craig,

The GMLRC RODIS database contains many sites across GM, but inevitably there will be some locations which are not in there. New sites can only be added by an administrator. However, as a temporary measure you can add the site name in the Full Location box. The most important thing is the grid reference. As long as that is accurate then GMLRC can work out whether your records fall within a Site of Biological Importance or other area.

When you input a grid reference RODIS gives two options for site names, the nearest sites currently in the database appear under Fine Location listed in increasing distance from the grid ref. If none of these match then use the Vague Location which is usually the ward name and put the site name in the Full Location box. Which site are you recording at? You can request sites to be added to GMLRC RODIS by posting on here or sending an email to info@gmwildlife.org.uk

Thanks for submitting your records.

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I was trying to enter some records tonight but have encountered a problem. After using the map to get a grid ref, the database wants me to choose a location. The locations it offers are not correct or meaningless (to me anyway) in their description. Can I add new locations? If so how? If not is there a way to just add a more specific 8 or 10 figure grid ref as opposed to a highly inaccurate location description.

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Hello,

There are a few free RODiS training sessions coming up

Saturday 28/03/2015 13:00 - 15:00 - Venture Arts Centre, Hulme, Manchester
Booking form here http://www.gmwildlife.org.uk/news/index.php?id=356

Friday 17/04/2015 09:00 - 12:00 - Learn@St Ann's Centre, Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside
Booking form here http://www.gmwildlife.org.uk/news/index.php?id=347

Come and learn how to submit your sightings. If you have any questions call Paul on 0161 342 3123

Thanks

Paul Barrington
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Thanks Paul. Good to know that Rodis is now up and running.
I will try the free app trial. How much is the app afterwards?
Using the phone's GPS should speed up recording but does that mean we have to enter
Records on location and not when convenient. ?




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Hi Keith,

RODiS has been temporarily offline whilst improvements to the backup policy were applied over the weekend. It is now up and running again.

There is a RODiS mobile app for Android phones which will use the inbuilt GPS on your device. Steve Atkins is a beta tester for the product and sings its praises. Would you like further information? You can download a free trial which will give you a feel for using the app from the Google Play Store.

Speak soon

Paul

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-- Edited by GM Local Record Centre on Monday 17th of November 2014 04:27:13 PM

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I'm having problems opening up Rodis this evening. Is there a problem again?
I've tried different browsers.
I even tried the Cumbrian(Rodis) one, which opened but would not accept my login.
Also I would like to use my android mobile to update Rodis. Does the app work for Greater Manchester?

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I use RODIS for recording my "Other wildlife sightings", but it is down again. Is this a recurrent problem, or has the one reported by Craig a couple of weeks ago still not been resolved?

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Ok. Thanks Paul.

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Hi Craig, We are told tjat RODiS should be back up on Tuesday. I will post updates on here when it is up again. Thanks Paul GMLRC

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Been trying to log on for a while now but keep getting a message saying site is unavailable. Any idea when it will be back up and running?

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Final call for free RODiS training, tomorrow in Manchester


We still have seats available for the RODiS training tomorrow


Saturday 15th March 2014
13:30 16:30
Venture Arts Centre, Hulme, Manchester
This session is a bring your own WiFi enabled laptop / netbook session, although we have a few to loan for the afternoon if required


Book Now!

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3 Free RODiS Training / Refresher Courses


Hello,

We now have 3 free winter RODiS training / refresher courses available, one weekday, one evening and one weekend. Here are the details


Friday 24th January 2014
09:30 12:30
St Anns Centre, Ashton Under Lyne, Tameside
This session is in a furnished computer suite so just bring yourself
Booking form and further details


Wednesday 26th February 2014
18:30 21:30
Venture Arts Centre, Hulme, Manchester
This session is a bring your own WiFi enabled laptop / netbook session, although we have a few to loan for the evening if required
Booking form and further details


Saturday 15th March 2014
13:30 16:30
Venture Arts Centre, Hulme, Manchester
This session is a bring your own WiFi enabled laptop / netbook session, although we have a few to loan for the afternoon if required
Booking form and further details


The course will cover all of the features of RODiS rapid record entry tips, importing and exporting data, creating shared surveys, mapping data etc. As well as an understanding of the overall national data flow and importance of records. You will also receive a printed manual that accompanies the course.

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Yep. All seems to be fine now ta!

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Hi Craig, There must have been a bug on Sunday. We've imported a few hundred records today in the record centre with no problems. Rodis wont work on android or ios tablets im afraid. If you were trying to access via a laptop or pc you should be fine. Thanks Paul

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Hi

I seem to be having a problem accessing RODIS. Tried several times tonight, from the GM local records site and from a google link. Both just said 'waiting for....' and left me waiting and waiting.

Appreciate any guidance you can give.

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Hi Paul,

Thanks for reporting this. There was an issue on the server that has now been resolved. The file stats / summary pages are now working again.

You can either access the link by logging into RODiS in the usual way or there is a cunning shortcut.

Simply add your file reference e.g. GMLRC1625 to the end of this URL (hyperlink) http://gmlrc.rodis.co.uk/Adhoc/RODISAdhocFileSummary.aspx?q=

So http://gmlrc.rodis.co.uk/Adhoc/RODISAdhocFileSummary.aspx?q=GMLRC1625 would show the summary screen for this file

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Hello,

I seem to have a problem with the 'adhoc' application. Every time I try and have a look at the "taxonomy stats" of a file, a window just pops up, talking about a configuration error. It does show me the source error, if that is helpful to anyone.

I haven't been on RODiS for some time now (I'm using Birdtrack for the winter), so I don't know if there is a link with this. My files seem to be ok, but I cannot show them to anybody else. I was planning on introducing RODiS to a "Friends of" group.

Does anybody else have the same problem? Or have I missed something obvious.

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Thanks Paul.

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Hello, The common species names are not stored in RODiS. RODiS just stores the Latin name and then uses a lookup service directed at the NBN website to populate the common name field on the fly. If the NBN gateway is down, which it often is, this causes the problem you are experiencing. Your current and historic records will display correctly again once the issue with the NBN is resolved. hope this helps and thanks for sharing your records. Paul

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Recently when using Rodis, I find it throwing out the Common Name as it should appear in the Common Name column.
In doing so it duplicates the latin(classical ) name, in the common name column.
I cannot remember this happening before.
I find this frustrating as I do not know all Latin names!
This also is happening now on records previously submitted, which previously showed the common name correctly.





-- Edited by keith mills on Saturday 14th of September 2013 07:04:08 PM

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Hi Tim,

Paul here, I work with Steve and Sam. I'm back in the office today. I'm working with Sam to try and re-produce the 404 error when submitting records to a shared survey. It appears to be working fine again. I know the software supplier has recently been working on improving the dictionary and as we are on the same server this could have caused the problem you experienced. I'm wondering if something was taken offline temporarily whilst you were using the system as a 404 error generally relates to the server not being able to access a resource. Both Sam and I are happy it is working again. I will try and establish a cause by logging a call with the supplier, I suspect it is related to the dictionary changes though so we might never know exactly what caused the page to break. I will keep an eye out for similar issues.

Thanks again

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<blockquote><b>GM Local Record Centre wrote:</b><hr>
<p style="font-style: italics">Hi Tim,


I'm sorry to hear that you've been experiencing problems submitting RODIS files. This may have been a temporary glitch due to work being carried out on the server over the weekend. Would you like to try again and let me know if the problem persists.


Our data manager, Paul, is back in the office on Wed and will contact you then if necessary.


Steve</p>
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Thanks Steve. Apparently Samuel Bolton was able to see the entered records despite the error message (which he also encountered on a test)

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Hi Tim,

I'm sorry to hear that you've been experiencing problems submitting RODIS files. This may have been a temporary glitch due to work being carried out on the server over the weekend. Would you like to try again and let me know if the problem persists.

Our data manager, Paul, is back in the office on Wed and will contact you then if necessary.

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<blockquote><b>GM Local Record Centre wrote:</b><hr>
<p style="font-style: italics"><blockquote><b>Ian Boote wrote:</b><hr />
<p>There seems to be a glitch submitting files. It keeps comming up error. Any ideas to overcome this.</p>
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The problem with submitting files has now been resolved. Happy RODISing <img src="www.sparkimg.com/emoticons/smile.gif" border="0" alt="smile" title="smile" />.</p>
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I have been trying to submit records for a woodland survey and I've assembled all the records clicked the green 'submit' arrow; a Rodis page comes up with 'continue' in green then I just get a page not found 404 error

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Hi Paul,

I'm pleased to hear that. As far as the Mallard records go the preferred option is as you say to enter two records. As most of the details are identical you can use the Sticky button to retain these from the first record and just enter the additional info for the second record.

I would create one record for the female and ducklings using the Sex/Stage FL. You can add in comments that the record covers a female and x young. If multiple broods the numbers per brood can also be entered in Comments. It can also be useful to make a note of the approx. age of each brood seen, so that if you visit a site regularly you can in theory work out the total number of broods over the breeding season. I'm not suggesting you necessarily do this for Mallard smile but for other species which are on the Rare Breeding Birds Panel list e.g. Pochard and Shoveler we have to report the number of broods at each site. As you can imagine, if we receive 6 records of broods of Pochard from a site over the course of the breeding season with no information on age (i.e. whether newly hatched, well grown or fully grown) then it is impossible to work out whether these records relate to a single or multiple broods.

Then a second record for the adults not accompanied by young.

When we analyse the data for the county report we are usually trying to work out the number of sites at which breeding has been confirmed. So the use of breeding codes ON and FL is essential. It is relatively quick and simple to apply a filter on these. Records which refer to breeding in comments but don't include the breeding codes in Sex/Stage (RODIS) or Status (Excel File/MapMate) have to be manually edited or can just be overlooked by whoever is doing the analysis.

Thanks again for asking a good question.

Steve

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GM Local Record Centre wrote:

Hi Paul,

That's a good question you have raised as data sharing is a very important issue. RODIS is an on-line record submission system which was created by the Cheshire Local Record Centre (rECOrd) and is used by a number of LRCs across the country, including in the North West, the GMLRC and Merseyside Biobank. Records input into RODIS are initially imported into each LRC's local database and then transferred to the National Biodiversity Network (NBN) where they are available for any organisations that requests access including the BTO and Mammal Society. Natural England and the Environment Agency have automatic access to the data as part of a national funding agreement with LRCs.

In addition GMLRC has put in place data exchange agreements with local organisations such as the GM Bird Recording Group, the Amphibian and Reptile Group of South Lancashire, the South Lancashire Bat group and the Lancashire Moth Group. Over the next two years we hope to sign agreements with the remaining key wildlife recording groups in GM. These groups are also responsible for verification of local records and have access to the records input into GMLRC's version of RODIS.

There are clearly many organisations which contribute towards the conservation of species and habitats and these all have a legitimate right to access the records which volunteer recorders spend their free time collecting and submitting. Our preference is for all local recorders to either continue submitting their records to the respective local group (i.e. bird records to the GMBRG), or via RODIS to the GM Local Record Centre which acts as a one stop shop for wildlife data in GM. Records submitted to national websites may eventually reach us, but it is of vital importance that GMBRG and GMLRC have access to the most up to date information. Both organisations are often required to supply information at very short notice in relation to planning applications and to support the local conservation work of the Lancs Wildlife Trust and the GM Ecology Unit's work in selecting and reviewing Sites of Biological Importance.

As previously advised on this forum records submitted to Bird Track are made available to the GM Bird Recording Group. Data sharing is quite a complex issue, so if any one else has any questions on the subject please post on here.

Steve





Thanks for the reply. You have made something clear that has been troubling me for some time.

Just a quick question regarding the detail of records:

Say I have seen some Mallards, including a family with ducklings. I want to record both the number of adult Mallards and juveniles. Should I:

-Make 2 records of Mallards, one for juveniles and another for adults.

or

-Make a single record, and put in the comment the number of juveniles.

Personally I would go with the first way, but i don't know how you will analyse the data.


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There seems to be a glitch submitting files. It keeps comming up error. Any ideas to overcome this.





The problem with submitting files has now been resolved. Happy RODISing smile.

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Hi Paul,

That's a good question you have raised as data sharing is a very important issue. RODIS is an on-line record submission system which was created by the Cheshire Local Record Centre (rECOrd) and is used by a number of LRCs across the country, including in the North West, the GMLRC and Merseyside Biobank. Records input into RODIS are initially imported into each LRC's local database and then transferred to the National Biodiversity Network (NBN) where they are available for any organisations that requests access including the BTO and Mammal Society. Natural England and the Environment Agency have automatic access to the data as part of a national funding agreement with LRCs.

In addition GMLRC has put in place data exchange agreements with local organisations such as the GM Bird Recording Group, the Amphibian and Reptile Group of South Lancashire, the South Lancashire Bat group and the Lancashire Moth Group. Over the next two years we hope to sign agreements with the remaining key wildlife recording groups in GM. These groups are also responsible for verification of local records and have access to the records input into GMLRC's version of RODIS.

There are clearly many organisations which contribute towards the conservation of species and habitats and these all have a legitimate right to access the records which volunteer recorders spend their free time collecting and submitting. Our preference is for all local recorders to either continue submitting their records to the respective local group (i.e. bird records to the GMBRG), or via RODIS to the GM Local Record Centre which acts as a one stop shop for wildlife data in GM. Records submitted to national websites may eventually reach us, but it is of vital importance that GMBRG and GMLRC have access to the most up to date information. Both organisations are often required to supply information at very short notice in relation to planning applications and to support the local conservation work of the Lancs Wildlife Trust and the GM Ecology Unit's work in selecting and reviewing Sites of Biological Importance.

As previously advised on this forum records submitted to Bird Track are made available to the GM Bird Recording Group. Data sharing is quite a complex issue, so if any one else has any questions on the subject please post on here.

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I have a question regarding the sharing of the data between the different recording authorities.

I know that there is the Mammal Society in the UK, which is trying to put together a mammal atlas. They have a simple little way to let the casual observer to put in his sightings. However, when I come to choose between different recording websites (here the mammal society and RODiS), which one should I choose? To put it another way, does RODiS send its mammal data to the Society (or vice versa), or is there no communication at all?

Similarly, does RODiS send its data of other Taxa (butterflies, flowers) to the respective authorities of the UK? Some people say it is good to have several ways to submit your sightings, but I think without communication between theses websites, the " the importance of the sightings of the everyday recorder" is diminished, since there is no "master database" which can be used as reference.

Cheers

Edit: oh and I know Birdtrack sends RODiS data, but does RODiS send data to the BirdTrack data? just asking, as I'm considering switching my "recording website" smile

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Hi Ian,

We are aware of the problem which we are working to resolve. Sorry for not having flagged it up on the forum. As soon as it's been sorted we will post on here. However, it's fine to continue inputting records.

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There seems to be a glitch submitting files. It keeps comming up error. Any ideas to overcome this.

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Hi all,

We've just had a few late cancellations for the RODiS training tomorrow morning. There are 4 seats available on the course running at Prestwich Library, Bury between 11:00 - 14:00. Places are free. If you would like to book on or see further details and a map showing the venue click here (bookings). You can alternatively email paul.barrington@tameside.gov.uk or ring on 0161 342 3123.

Thanks for reading this post

Paul

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Keith,

Thanks for your positive comments on using GMLRCs version of RODIS which was actually developed for us by the Cheshire Local Record Centre. Both they and the Merseyside LRC have their own versions which you can access via their websites:

rECOrd

Merseyside Biobank

It is also available in some other counties RODIS LRCs

The mapping is great for viewing individual records on Google Maps, but MapMate is much better for producing distribution maps at borough or county level. See for example some of the provisional atlas distribution maps on the Manchester Birding Website GM Breeding Atlas (Provisional Maps)

Sorry for bombarding you with so many links

It's also important to understand that RODIS is not a database; whereas MapMate is and allows you to query and analyse your records. For example view all your Hobby records, identify your highest ever count of Snipe at a particular site or your earliest ever dates for Swallows.

At the end of the day what's important is that people submit their records by whichever method they prefer. However, if you do decide to use both it's important that you don't try to import records from RODIS into MapMate. If anyone wants any advice on either system please get in touch.

Steve

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Your comments and evaluation on these two submission methods in the county are very greatfully received Ian. I think its unfair to say that a drawback to RODiS is the fact that it restricted to Greater Manchester though, as it has been provided by US purely as a submission method FOR Greater Manchester! I think the drawback is that other counties clearly don't provide the submission opportunities that we have pulled out all the stops to do

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Over the past couple of months Ive been evaluating both RODIS and Mapmate.

In regards to ease of data entry theres little to choose between them however being able to record the actual location of a species rather than the more general site based approach used by Mapmate is a big step forward.

The mapping in RODIS blows Mapmate away. It really is excellent. Being able to accurately map whole files straight onto Google Maps is very impressive. Likewise for regularly recorded species its interesting to see patterns of behaviour, sizes of territories etc. beginning to emerge.

The only drawback to RODIS appears to be that its currently restricted to Greater Manchester. Whilst I appreciate GMLRC dont have the resources to start sorting records for other areas would it be possible to add an "out of county/out of area" site option to to the list of valid locations. If necessary these could then be filtered out at GMLRC before verification or entry into the main county database.


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Free RODiS training

6 seats still available for Wednesday 06/02/2013 17:30 - 20:30 in Oldham. Click on the link below for further details, venue map and booking form.

Booking Form

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