One hundred eighty-five people are now signed up to be EcoCommons Pioneers to test the platform. We invited Pioneers to attend a Webinar in November 2021 where they got an introduction to the team, a brief tour of EcoCommons and instructions on how to provide feedback. All Pioneers received a link to a webpage with everything they need to know about testing.
Rigorous platform testing will continue until its launch in November/December 2022 at the Ecological Society of Australia (ESA) conference. If you are interested in platform testing, sign up here.
If you are an EcoCommons Pioneer, you will notice that many improvements have been made to the platform in the last few months. The software engineers are faced with a nearly infinite number of improvements that they could make to the platform. Therefore, each week involves collating feedback from testing, prioritising that feedback along with plans for new functionality.
In the last couple of months, the biggest upgrades to the BCCVL Modelling Wizard on EcoCommons includes the completion of draft versions of all the functionality and modelling types that were available in BCCVL except the biodiverse experiment. There is also access to more environmental, occurrence and species trait data. In the EcoCommons’ Coding Cloud, users can now launch an R-studio session with many of the most commonly used R packages already installed. It is also now possible to run a code-based version of the Maxent models in the Coding Cloud using R.
The EcoCommons team is thrilled about the new year with the public release of the EcoCommons platform at the Ecological Society of Australia Conference in November/December this year!