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NightLife (2015-Present)

The NightLife project aims to create robust, cheap insect light traps based on light emitting diodes (LEDs) rather than mercury vapour (MV) bulbs.

BioAcoustica (2014-Present)

The BioAcoustica is a collection of audio recordings from the Natural History Museum Sound Archive and other sources. It also allows for the annotation and analysis of sound samples

GoPro Linux (2014-Present)

A project to allow a GoPro camera to be controlled from a machine running Linux. This project was originally conceived as a way to control a GoPro camera from a Raspberry Pi for biodiversity monitoring, but is generally compatible with most Linux systems.

Arduino for Biologists (2014-Present)

Arduino for Biologists A book that I am editing and writing part of Pelagic Publishing as part of their series Data in the Wild. The book is a how-to guide for creating open hardware tools for biological science. Using Arduino it is possible to create cheap, customisable and re-purposable tools to aid in laboratory and field science. Starting with the basics of electronics and the Arduino platform the book then describes a number of exemplar projects, from basic use of sensors to the design and deployment of sensor networks. It also describes how data from sensor networks can be integrated with the existing infrastructures of biodiversity informatics. There's a longer description here: Arduino for Biologists (I'm writing a book).

In-Situ Acoustic Monitoring of Biodiversity (2013-Present)

This project is funded by ViBRANT and will create an entirely digital workflow for the collection, curation, analysis and publication of biological occurrence data. The project is led by Ed Baker (Natural History Museum) and Dave Chesmore (University of York).

The first stage is building a number of acoustic data loggers capable of identifying the songs of Leptophyes punctatissima and recording the date and time the identification was made, along with associated environmental data such as temperature and humidity. These data will then be uploaded to a Scratchpad for curation, analysis and eventual publication.

Wikipedian in Residence (Natural History Museum and Science Museum) (2013-2014)

For several years along with Vince Smith and others we have considered starting a project between the Natural History Museum and the Wikimedia GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) movement. In 2012 Wikimedia UK announced call for Wikipedians in Residence. Prompted by Daniel Mietchen we submitted an application which was accepted, provided we had a joint residency with the Science Museum.

In March John Cummings started as Wikipedian in Residence for the two institutions for a period of four months.

Arduino (Drupal Module) (2013-Present)

Project to post from an Arduino to a Drupal website, mainly for publishing data in real time collected from sensors attached to the Arduino.

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Open Source Environmental Data Logger (2013-Present)

Proprietary data loggers can be expensive - for example a three channel data logging system is available from Alphatemp for £465.00. Such costs make large scale deployment of such systems unaffordable for all but well funded projects. This project aims to create an open source and open hardware data loggers making use of the widely avaialbale Arduino prototyping platform.

Drupal Altmetric (2013-Present)

The module automatically adds a badge from Altmetric to Biblio nodes on a Drupal site.

Editor of Phasmid Studies (2012-Present)

Editor of the Phasmid Study Group's journal Phasmid Studies.

Jurassic Coast WiFi (2012-2012)

Working with the Lyme Regis Development Trust and the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival to install WiFi at the Marine Theatre, the Festival marquee, The Cobb and harbour and the ammonite pavement on Monmouth Beach. This involved working with the Quick MESH Project (qmp) who developed the WiFi technology.

W. D. Lang Maps with Maprika (2012-2012)

The W. D. Lang geological maps of Lyme Regis were digitised, georeferenced and made available through the third party application Maprika, the video below explains some of what we were able to work out and share with the public by doing so.

Augmented reality: Using Layar to explore the Jurassic Coast (2012-2012)

Other resources

Digital Geo/BioBlitz (2012-2012)

The Lyme Regis Digital Geo/BioBlitz.

Background documents

Biblio Autocomplete (2012-Present)

The Drupal module provides functionality for auto-completion of fields in the Biblio node type using previosuly entered values and/or third party services (currently two external plugin modules are included: IPNI and ZooBank).

EXIF Custom (2012-Present)

Drupal 7 module to automatically read and save image metadata (EXIF & IPTC) to an image file entity on upload. EXIF Custom on

Any number of custom mappings can be created to save any EXIF/IPTC metadata to any field associated with an image file entity (this is in contrast to the Exif module).

Dictionary Export (2012-Present)

The module allows you to download a Microsoft Office compatible dictionary (*.dic) file for any vocabulary on your Drupal site.

A new local task (tab) is created for each vocabulary in the administration pages to download the dictionary file.

Additional support

Random Science Generator (2011-2011)

A collaboratively edited toy that generates comical and sometimes sensical stories about scientists.

Random Science Generator

eMonocot (2011-2014)

eMonocot aims to create a global online resource for monocot plants. It will provide a focus for taxonomists working on monocots and will help people discover information about monocots by providing tools for identification, up-to-date checklists, descriptions and links to other resources.

eMonocot builds upon existing collaborations and projects within European Distributed Institute of Taxonomy (EDIT) such as Palmweb and Scratchpads, in addition to CATE (including CATE-Araceae) and GrassBase – The online world grass flora.

ViBRANT (2011-2013)

"Virtual Biodiversity Research and Access Network for Taxonomy" (ViBRANT) is a European Union FP7 funded project running December 2010 to 2013 that will support the development of virtual research communities involved in biodiversity science. Our goal is to provide a more integrated and effective framework for those managing biodiversity data on the Web.

eMonocot Scratchpads Theme (2011-2011)

Theme used for the eMonocot Scratchpads projects.

Etch-a-sketch (2011-2011)

How to make a digital etch-a-sketch using Arduino and Processing.

This project makes use of the Arduino Library for Processing and requires the Arduino to be loaded with the Firmata > StandardFirmata sketch from the examples folder (in the Arduino IDE). The library allows you to easily access the analog input values from an Arduino running thr Firmata sketch.

The code required to grab the inputs from A0 and A1 and draw them is below.

Biblio Scholar (2011-Present)

is a Drupal module that provides the metatags required by Google Scholar (see: Inclusion Guidlines) for indexing for any DrupalBiblio node.

Cabinet of Orthopteroid Curiosities (2010-Present)

There are numerous sites that give wonderful amounts of genuine scientific knowledge about orthopteroid insects, but so far none dedicated to the lighter side. This site is dedicated to redressing that deficit.

Cabinet of Orthopteroid Curiosities.

Fugly (Drupal Theme) (2010-2010)

Fugly is a Drupal 6 theme that I developed while learning about theming Drupal. It is the theme that is used on this site.

For more information see the Fugly website or download the Fugly Theme from Drupal.

IUCN Grasshopper Specialist Group (2010-Present)
A. R. Wallace Correspondence Project (2009-2012)

Site Maintainer for the Alfred Russel Wallace Correspondence Project.

ICZN Theme (2009-Present)

Theme devolped for the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature.

International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (2009-Present)

The International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN) acts as adviser and arbiter for the zoological community by generating and disseminating information on the correct use of the scientific names of animals.

Beetles of Mauritius (2009-2011)

Creating an illustrated catalogue of the Mauritian Beetle fauna, the Beetles of Mauritius.

HyPhas (2009-Present)

Building a databse of the Hymenoptera parasites and parasitoids of the stick insects and leaf insects. Will include a taxonomic and specimen databse of the chrysidid subfamilies Amiseginae and Loboscelidiinae and host-parasite or host-parasitoid information for all hymenoptera species attacking phasmids.

HyPhas - Hymenoptera parasitoids of Phasmids

The Pittioni Bee Collection (2009-Present)

Website making available the card index to the Pittioni Bee Collection.

NatSCA Website (2008-2012)

Webmaster of the Natural Sciences Collections Association website.

The Cockroach Forum (2008-Present)

Administrator for the Blattodea Culture Group's discussion forum, The Cockroach Forum.

Mantis Study Group (Website Creation) (2008-2008)

Helping to maintain the website of the Mantis Study Group.

Blattodea Culture Group (2007-Present)

Webmaster and Editor of the Blattodea Culture Group website and Editor-in-Chief of Cockroach Studies.

Phasmid Study Group Website (2007-Present)

Developing and maintaining the Phasmid study Group website, a comprehensive website covering everything to do with stick and leaf insects.

On taking over development of the site I moved it to the EDIT Scratchpads system which has allowed me to develop a much larger and comprehensive site.

Phasmida Species File (2006-Present)

Maintaining a taxonomic database of the world's phasmids (stick insects and leaf insects).

Phasmida SpeciesFile

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