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November 26, 2008 08:32AM
I am ready to start private testing for the new mindat catalogue system and want maybe 5-10 people to volunteer to test the system.

It's nowhere near finished yet, but it is currently usable for entering and retrieving your mineral data, and over the next few weeks more features will be added including searching, reporting and import/export.

So I need people who

a) Are already familiar with how mindat works and have uploaded photos. Please do not apply unless you have had at least 20 photos approved on the site.

b) Are serious about cataloguing their private collection.

Getting involved now is a great way to help make the system work in the way you want it to!

All information in the catalogue system is confidential and not shown to other members. In the future I'll add a facility to allow you to share certain information if you wish to, but the default will be to share nothing except the photographs.

Jolyon



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/10/2008 03:54PM by Jolyon Ralph.
avatar Re: Mindat catalogue system
November 26, 2008 10:02AM
it    
Hi Jolyon,

if the test envolves an apple macintosh, i could subscribe myself, if not, please, remember also thate we too are exhisting ;)
avatar Re: Mindat catalogue system
November 26, 2008 10:06AM
As it's built into mindat, it'll work on whatever computer system you have, PC, Mac, Linux, iPhone, etc, etc :)

Jolyon
avatar Re: Mindat catalogue system
November 26, 2008 10:34AM
au    
Hi Jolyon

I'd be happy to be a guinea pig...

Regards
Steve
Re: Mindat catalogue system
November 26, 2008 11:33AM
...so will be possible to print the labels of own samples? Simone
avatar Re: Mindat catalogue system
November 26, 2008 11:52AM
Simone,

Eventually - but not in the first version.

Jolyon
avatar Re: Mindat catalogue system
November 26, 2008 12:26PM
gb    
It something I do need to do so I'd be a volunteer
avatar Re: Mindat catalogue system
November 26, 2008 12:37PM
Hi Jolyon,

I am volunteer to. No problemo.

Take care and best regards.

Paul
Re: Mindat catalogue system
November 26, 2008 01:15PM
I'd be happy to give it a try.
avatar Re: Mindat catalogue system
November 26, 2008 02:31PM
ca    
Jolyon - I'm a confirmed database geek with hundreds of specimens with photos; sign me up.

Tony
avatar Re: Mindat catalogue system
November 26, 2008 02:51PM
Jolyon - Since I already have an extensive MS Access database, I would be more than willing to test out merge / data exchange / download features...

Jeff
avatar Re: Mindat catalogue system
November 26, 2008 03:15PM
Jeff

I'll let you know when that's available - it won't be just yet.

Jolyon
avatar Re: Mindat catalogue system
November 26, 2008 04:04PM
no    
Hello Jolyon,

It is great that the project is under way ! I have waited with a digital cataloguing of my collection because I have looked for a system where mineral names and localties can be downloaded from a mother database making it much easier to use. I would be happy to contribute to your testing - if you need more volunteers.
Knut
avatar Re: Mindat catalogue system
November 27, 2008 09:14AM
nl    
I have time to test and a lot to upload winking smiley
Cheers!
avatar Re: Mindat catalogue system
November 29, 2008 06:26AM
Happy to participate...Joe Freilich
avatar Re: Mindat catalogue system
December 10, 2008 01:08AM
First public alpha test is now available.

I am starting to use this to put my REAL collection catalogue in, so you can probably start using it for real - but I can't guarantee things won't break as it's still in test.

If you want to start using it go to:

[www.mindat.org]

(you need to be registered and logged in)

Joluon
avatar Re: Mindat catalogue system
December 10, 2008 01:09AM
To associate an existing photo with your catalogue entry, go back and edit your photo and fill in the field near the bottom for your catalogue entry number, making sure it's exactly the same as you've entered in the catalogue.

Jolyon
avatar Re: Mindat catalogue system
December 10, 2008 01:21AM
CSV import/export will come later. Maybe next couple of weeks.

Jolyon
avatar Re: Mindat catalogue system
December 10, 2008 03:41AM
Howdy Jolyon,

Will be glad to give it a run, I might actually get the collection catalogued properly at long last...lol

Cheers Mark
avatar Re: Mindat catalogue system
December 10, 2008 03:57AM
Jolyon Thank you for adding this very useful feature - some comments - the linkage with MINDAT locality does not seem to be working. Also, I am thinking of adding a "quality" field to my database, this would be useful as well, similar or identical to the quality field in the photograph.
Possible future enhancements could include 'cloning' a record and autoentry from locality pages.

Questions - will mutiple photos be able to be linked to a single catalogue entry? Will duplicate ID numbers be flagged.?

Again, thanks for this great feature!



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/10/2008 04:01AM by Jeffrey Weissman.
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