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Frequently Asked Questions

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Bulk Upload

Adding an observation/image one by one can be time consuming. The bulk upload mechanism of Cam-WON reduces this time by collecting some of the required data for an observation (such as date/time of photograph and camera position) saving you from having to manually enter these additional fields. You still need to annotate the images once they are uploaded, by identifying the animal species and other fields, but we have found using this bulk upload method to be a considerable time saving.

  1. Create a compressed file (.zip) of images with animals from one camera position.

    As you go through the directory/folder of images, which come from an SD card of a remote wildlife camera, we recommend you COPY those images with animals into a separate folder/directory. Some camera positions will contain photographs of branches moving or perhaps automobiles, so it is important that you only upload those images with animals. Once you have your directory contining only animal pictures, create a .zip file of that directory so the images come from only one position.

  2. Log into the Cam-WON website. Across the top in a gray bar, choose "Initiate Bulk Upload".
  3. Fill out the fields in this form. Be sure to select the Project and Position the photos come from. It is important you match the contents of the .ZIP file to the correct position.
  4. In one of the fields of this form, select the Zip file and upload it.
  5. Click Save
  6. At this point, you have uploaded the ZIP file for processing and are done. You will be notified when the photos are in the "Tagging Area" section of the project and annotation of the photos can begin.

After initiating a bulk upload procedure, the photos which are uploaded (and now associated with the project and position you specified) will appear in the project's tagging area, which is a tab off of the project's homepage.  Tagging photos is the last step of the bulk upload procedure which the user performs, and it is the primary method of assigning attributes to a set of photos, at once.  The procedure below assumes you have a set of photos in the tagging area.

Note that the photos in the tagging area already have a project, a position, and the photos datetime field already applied.  This was done on import.  The procedure is currently not smart enough to identify what is present in the photo, so you need to "tag" the photos with these attributes.

From the tagging area, you can edit individual observations by clicking the "edit" link, delete individual observations by clicking the "delete" link, or edit multiple photos simutaneoulsy by following this procedure: 

  • Click on the checkbox next to the photo or photos you want to modify.  Note that you can apply multiple tags at once, but all photos which you have checked will receive all of the attributes you select.  This becomes the real time saver, but you need to be careful that the attributes you select applying to all photos.
  • Return to the top of the list and under the "Operation" section, choose "Modify observation attributes" from the dropdown box and click "Execute".
  • The next takes a little getting used to.  On this screen you are presented a set of attribues with a checkbox next to it.  Click on the checkbox next to the attribute you'd like to update.  For example, to set the animal species, click on the checkbox next to "Animal".  When you click the checkbox, the field belonging to that attributes becomes visibile (present) in the section below.  For Animal, you need to open the "Animal Information" section, and you will see the field where you can select the animal.  For other attributes, you may need to open the "Notes and Additional Fields" section.  You can update more than one attribute at once, but again, it will apply that attribute to all observations you have check.
  • Once you have set your attribute, click the "Next" button.  This will take you to the confirmation step, where you need to click "Confirm" which will apply your changes.

To remove photos from the tagging area, you need to set an attribute for the observation called "Tagged".  This is the last checkbox in the top list, and the bottom most field under "Notes and Additional Fields" and "Tagging".  From here, you should see a checkbox called "Tagging Complete" which you should select.  Click the "Next" button, and lastly the "Confirm" button on the next page.