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My Manager

The My Manager interface seen next is Morphbank's tool to help the scientist with a Morphbank account manage their objects in Morphbank. From www.morphbank.net simply click on Browse in the Header and then any of the options listed in the drop-down. If a Morphbank account holder logs in at www.morphbank.net with User Name and Password, the system opens at the My Manager Images tab with features, functions and icons reserved for account holders activated. New options are now available under Browse, Tools and Help in the header.
Everyone uses this My Manager interface -- the public and those with Morphbank accounts. The general public uses My Manager tabs to browse all the objects in Morphbank that are visible to the public. In Morphbank terms, the public sees only images that are published.

The logged-in user can limit search results to show any objects in Morphbank or some subset of objects they've personally contributed to the database. Images that are not published can only be seen by those who are 1) logged into Morphbank, and 2) in the Group with which the image is associated. Logged in users can submit objects, edit data, annotate objects, create character states & collections and see the annotations and collections of others belonging to the same Morphbank Group(s).

Go to Screen Use Tips for a general introduction to all the icons and special features found on Morphbank pages.

Basic Anatomy of a My Manager Page

The Morphbank My Manager interface is modular. Features found in one tab work the same way in each tab. This screen shot serves as a general introduction to this user-interface.

Unique Features of My Manager and Morphbank

  • Change the date to publish for many of your objects at one time using the "Select Mass Operation"
  • Easily limit your search by your group, all of the groups to which you belong, and those objects you've contributed
  • The module tabs at the top of the My Manager interface allow easy movement between lists of kinds of records (ie. Taxon Names, Publications, Specimens, Images etc.,).
  • Create OTUs or operational taxonomic units. These express a concept of a possible new classification, or grouping of taxa. These new concepts can then be shared with other users.
  • Create Character Collections. Using the sorting capabilities you can create collections to define a character and character states. These defined and illustrated characters can then be shared with other users.
  • Now a user can create collections that include any Morphbank object. So you can create a collection of publications, annotations, specimens etc that can be shared with other users!
  • Users can create rss feeds from any group record in Morphbank. Click on a contributor's name to open the Contributor's group record and look for the rss feed icon icon.
  • Morphbank now features a services page where users can query Morphbank and get feedback in the format of choice (ids, thumbnails, googlemaps, xml, etc.,). This service is great for retrieving ids to create urls for use in web pages and published papers.

Known Version Issues

My Manager is presently under the last stages of development. Most of these issues are resolved and additions made to the software. It is very usable now so please try it out and send us feedback if you have suggestions!
  • The manual is being updated regularly.
  • Keyword search in My Manager may not return the expected results.
  • Return buttons will act strange when returning from pages back to My Manager. They should return to the tab in the My Manager where you just were but will not retain your search results.
  • If user clicks on another Tab before the Images Tab loads, an SQL Exception Error may result. Refresh the page with F5 (or what your Browser has for Refresh) to fix.
  • When you say 'Publish Now' it does it but the 'Publish Now' text does not go away until the next refresh.
  • If Editing an External Link or GUID for any Morphbank Object (Image, Specimen, View, Locality), an error may result as we modify the software to allow users to provide unique external identifiers (GUID)s via the same interface.