Welcome to www.ProjectPlotter.com – the free site that allows you to record, view and manage sightings.

First and foremost the site was designed to be a totally ‘open source’ community project i.e. the information it contains is freely available to everyone and potentially anyone can add to it.  Please see the conditions of using the site below.  The aim is to build an interactive, graphic depiction of Motuihe fauna, flora and other interesting items over time!

Using the Site

To use the site is pretty straight forward.  The top portion of the site is a visual GIS map of Motuihe (zoom in and out using the + and -).  The middle part is where all the search criteria or details are entered.  The bottom part displays the results of the search criteria. 

The site is available in two formats.  The default format is a ‘read only’ archive of previously recorded items.  Information can be retrieved by anyone.  If you would like to contribute i.e. ‘write’ information to the site you need to login.

You will need a browser that supports frames and Adobe Flash to view this site. The site has primarily been developed for Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 and above.

Retrieving Sightings

To get going simply press the yellow ‘Search’ button – this will display everything (actually the first 50 records).  To plot all this information on the GIS map click the ‘Plot All’ button in the Results section. 

If you want specific sighting information click the yellow ‘>’ button in the Results section and this will highlight a single sighting.  This will enable some other buttons i.e. ‘Plot’ (plots highlighted sighting), ‘Details’ (shows the specifics in the criteria section), ‘Image’ (shows an image of the item).

You can also search on specific criteria.  For example click the ‘Clear/Add’ button to clear any loaded details and then enter ‘Saddleback’ in the ‘Animal, Plant or Item’ box.  Clicking search will bring up all Saddleback sightings.  There are countless search combinations i.e. by item, by date, by sub-project etc.

Recording Sightings

To record sightings you will need to login.  Do this by clicking the ‘Login’ tab and then registering with projectplotter@yahoo.com for a login and password.

Once logged in click on the ‘Project’ tab and record your sightings by entering information in the details or criteria section and clicking ‘Save’.  Only the authors of a sighting are permitted to edit or ‘Delete’ it.

The latitude and longitude co-ordinates can be obtained by clicking on the GIS map or entering them yourself from a GPS (Global Positioning System). The From Date should be entered in dd/mm/yyyy format e.g. '15/8/2006'.

The hope is that the site will add to the Motuihe experience whilst we are chained to our desks.  The results of monitoring programs and individuals simply recording what they see will all contribute to the success of the site so please feel free to get involved.

Acknowledgements

Firstly the Motuihe Project and Trust.  The Motuihe Project has commenced the ecological and historical restoration of Motuihe Island to transform Motuihe Island into an authentic natural environment of beaches, native forests, wetlands and open spaces, together with rare and endangered native birds and insects.  Please see http://www.motuihe.org.nz for further information.

Secondly worldKit.  worldKit is an easy to use and flexible mapping application for the Web. Light weight GIS. It's a SWF based app, configured by XML, data fed by RSS. Stand-alone use or integration in larger projects.  Please see http://worldkit.org/index.php for further information.

Thirdly and most importantly the registered users of the site that contribute the information that it contains.  Their input is what makes the site what it is.

Conditions

The content of this site (www.projectplotter.com) is being provided freely, and no kind of agreement or contract is created between you and the owners or users of this site, the owners of the servers upon which it is housed, individual contributors to these pages, or project administrators, sysops or anyone else connected with this site. You are granted a limited license to copy anything from this site; it does not create or imply any contractual or extra contractual liability on the part of www.projectplotter.com or any of its authors, agents, members, organizers or other users.

The authors, agents, members, organizers or other users reserve the right to remove any and all information whatsoever, at any time and without prior consent.  Any undesirable information and content at the discretion of the authors, agents, members, organizers or other users will result in the offending author being suspended from the site and all their information being removed.  Please report any offending information to projectplotter@yahoo.com.

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Privacy Policy

Simply visiting the web site does not expose your identity publicly.  When you edit any page you are publishing a document. This is a public act, and you are identified publicly with that edit as its author.  If you would not like to be identified by your user name please provide a suitable pseudonym when registering.

User passwords are the only guarantee of the integrity of a user's edit history.  All users are encouraged to select strong passwords and to never share them.  No one shall knowingly expose the password of another user to public release either directly or indirectly.

www.projectplotter.com will not sell or share private information, such as email addresses, with third parties, unless you agree to release this information, or it is required by law to release the information.