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Morphbank Show

Morphbank is a large complex relational database with an intricate matrix of inter-related tables. Easily finding and showing information in Morphbank is a necessity. Since each Morphbank object can be uniquely identified by its Object Id number alone, the Morphbank developers have created a simple method to reference any Morphbank object and the data associated with it through this unique number. This method is called Show.

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What does the Morphbank Show and URL look like?

http://morphbank.net/Show/?id=224074 is an example of the URL. Click it to see what a Show referenced image object looks like in Morphbank version 2.8. Note this example is an Image Record Show. The other objects (Specimen, Image, View, Locality, Collection, Annotation, Publication) in Morphbank have the same display and referencing feature. To find these objects, go to the Header Menu > Browse > and choose from the Morphbank objects in the drop-down menu.
Early in the requirements phase of the Morphbank project, scientists expressed a desire to cite the Morphbank web site and display images and data in journal, conference, and workshop research papers. Other researchers expressed a desire to reference data in Morphbank using external URL addresses. Rather than performing complex queries each time the data is requested, Morphbank developers came up with Show as a more efficient method to display this data.
Every Morphbank object (image, specimen, view, locality, publication, collection, user, group, annotation, news, taxa) that can be referenced externally, is identified by a unique integer string (up to 18 digits) and other pertinent information. Collectively the information listed below is cataloged in the Morphbank baseObject table:
  • Morphbank Identifier
  • Object type (which table the record is in)
  • User Id (Id of the user who created the object)
  • Group Id (references the group that owns the object)
  • Date the object was created
  • Date the object was last modified
  • Date the object will be published
  • Description of the object
  • Name of object (example, Collection Name, Annotation Name, Taxon Name...)
  • Person who submitted the object (if different from the owner)
  • Logo for the user, if supplied

Where are object ids found within Morphbank?

When browsing / searching via My Manager tabs, the id is displayed with each object.

Which Morphbank objects have this feature?

As of the writing of this manual, Specimen, Image, View, Locality, Annotation, Collection, User, Group, Publication, Taxa, OTUs, Characters and News have the Show capability.

The data in these objects is quite different. How does Morphbank know how to show the data?

Each Morphbank object that can be displayed using the Show function has its own unique display module. Morphbank reads the id number, looks up the type of object in the baseObject table, and calls the appropriate module.

What Morphbank objects can be seen?

If a user is not logged-in, only objects that have been released ("published") can be seen through Show. Users of Morphbank who wish to share their data in Morphbank through Show should ensure that the data has been released. Users who are logged into Morphbank can view any released object, objects they own, or objects owned by the group they are logged-in with.

Where can the Show feature be accessed within Morphbank?

Example: Single Show

In this example, the single show popup was accessed by clicking on the thumbnail image of 224074.

Tag Descriptions
  1. Contributors/Users/Groups may associate a logo with the objects they upload to Morphbank. To submit a Logo for your objects go to: Header Menu > Tools > Account Settings > User Logo and upload the logo of your choice. You may change it as you like. If you would like the same logo for a large set of objects, contact mbadmin at mbadmin at scs dot fsu dot edu
  2. Left click on image to bring up the open source Zooming Viewer. For complete information on this process refer to the Zooming Viewer section of this manual. Or click on the Zooming Viewer link seen just below the image.
  3. Click once on any of the areas in blue type will lead the user to additional information. In this case, information associated with the view of this image appears. By clicking on View 136058 the single show of the view record will display in a popup screen. As in other show screens, clicking on the blue highlighted type will display additional information. See next:

  4. Click on the Zooming Viewer link seen just below the image. This will bring up the open source Zooming Viewer. For complete information on this process refer to the FSI Viewer section of this manual.
  5. Click on these image links to download the images in the version of choice.
  6. Information pertaining to the specimen associated with this image. Click on the Specimen Id to access the Single show of the Specimen (shown next). The Specimen Show will present the user with details about the specimen as well as inform about associated collections or published determination annotations associated with the specimen. Included at the bottom of the Specimen Single Show is an image list of associated images for this specimen (if any). The total number of images is listed and can be viewed through browse-specimens by clicking on the camera icon. Double clicking on a thumbnail image in this area will bring up the Single Show for the image.

  7. Information about the locality of the image. Clicking on the Locality ID will access the Single Show of the Locality Record displayed in a popup screen

  8. List of published determination annotations associated with this image. Clicking on the information button will access the annotation. Unpublished determination annotations will not be listed. Click on Add Annotation to add one, if desired.
  9. Scrollable list of external links associated with this image. Clicking on the blue highlighted type will hyperlink to the appropriate external link.