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GBIF Challenge

I’ve been working with Ben Raymond of Grevillea colour distribution fame on an entry to the GBIF Ebbe Nielsen Challenge, which aims to inspire scientists, informaticians, data modelers, cartographers and other experts to create innovative applications of open-access biodiversity data.

You can see a sneak peak at our entry at Its a system that pulls together sound recordings of animals to build up a soundscape from various localities.


Attention span of a developer

I play around with a lot of technology and like installing and testing things, but I wonder if I am missing any great systems because of install fatigue – how long is too long to get a system installed, run through the configuration and get some test data in there and running? There is nothing like a good ‘quick start tutorial’ or a ‘build a blog in fine minutes’ to get you going.

A great example of this was when I recently installed geoserver.  Now this is not a simple piece of software, but I was able to follow the documentation to install and get the software up and running in about 20 minutes. If more developers would take the time to produce this kind of documentation with step by step instructions it would really help with adoption of your technology.