Marked Birds Database – plans for the coming months

After having taken a break during the summer and having released a new update of the Marked Birds Database with a few new features, it is time to look ahead to the coming months and the new features that I’m planning to build in.

There is good news and some bad news.

First the bad news: due to other projects and commitments (not all of them relating to birding), I do not have as much time to spend on developing the database as I had before.

This means that I have to use the time that I do have as efficiently as possible and focus on some of the important features that still need to be added.

I know that many of you are waiting for 2 new features to be added:

  1. Automatically creating birds on import (based on the BirdRing CSV file)
  2. Support for wader-type projects (multiple (un)coded rings and flags)

So the good news is that I’m going to focus on adding these 2 features over the coming months.

Because these are large projects, I will implement them in phases:

Phase 1: BirdRing import – adding birds (gull-type Markers and Dutch Oystercatchers only)

Currently when importing a CSV file from the BirdRing app, only observations are imported for birds that already exist in the database. It should also be possible to have a bird automatically added (including all Markers) when it does not yet exist.

The aim of Phase 1 is to implement this for all currently supported Markers for gulls and Oystercatchers of Dutch projects. So for all the forms that can currently be used for manually adding gull-type projects or Oystercatchers, an automated import will also be possible.

Update December 2017: this phase is now completed. See the following versions;

  • 1.12.0 – Automatically creating birds when importing from BirdRing app
  • 1.13.0 – Adding an uncoded coloured marker
  • 1.14.0 – Add Oystercatchers fitted with color rings of 3 Dutch projects

Phase 2: BirdRing import – adding birds (wader-type projects)

As Phase 1, but now for all wader-type proejcts. Markers can be added on all possible positions in all possible colors. The List View will be used to display the Markers.

So this essentially adds wader-type support to the database. Adding such birds can only be done via the Import feature and no display will be available yet that shows how the rings are fitted on each leg.

Phase 3: Visual Display support for wader-type Markers

During this phase, ‘Visual Displays’ will be added for wader-type Markers, showing exactly how the rings are fitted on each leg.

Phase 4: Forms for manually adding wader-type Markers

In this last phase, forms for manually adding wader-type Markers will be added.

At this stage, the Marked Birds Database should fully support wader-type projects.

Time frame

So when can you expect all this?

Work on phase 1 has already started and should be completed hopefully within the next 2 months.

The work that is done for Phase 1 can be used as a basis for Phase 2 so that should hopefully take less time. Time permitting, I should hopefully have something ready around December/January.

Work on the database will stop again in April 2018 because of the breeding season so I’ll hopefully be able to get Phases 3 and 4 in before then.

All is subject to change of course.

To be continued…



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