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How to submit records to any of the Virtual Museums of the Animal Demography Unit.
Step 1: Register (or check if you are registered) as an ADU observer at www.adu.org.za/register.php?project=vmus – fill in your email address in the white block on right hand side. One registration works for ALL ADU projects.
Step 2: Once you are registered, you can login to the Virtual Museums website at vmus.adu.org.za, click on the "LOGIN" tab on the left-hand side of your screen and login with your email (the email you registered with) and password. The left-hand side menus grows longer once you have logged in!
Step 3: On the left-hand side of your screen click on "Data Upload", a form appears. It is a two page form. The first page collects the information, and the second page uploads the photos.
Step 4: Fill in the form. All areas marked with * are required fields: Year, Month, Day, Country, Closest Town, Locality, Latitude, Longitude, and the Source of your GPS coordinates. The "Gazetteer" at Part 3 can be used for localities from which you submit records from regularly; ignore it for now. If you do not have the GPS coordinates you can use the Google Map provided and pinpoint the area where you took the photo (i.e. find the general area, zoom in repeatedly, and click to place a marker on the map, trying to be as accurate as possible). If you use the Google Map, the operation of clicking automatically provides the coordinates. After completing the form click on "Save" at the bottom to save this information, and to move onto the second form.
Step 5: Select the project to which you want to submit your photo. Upload your photos (JPEG images no larger than about 1 MB) and click on "Submit" at the very bottom of the form! After your photo(s) have finished uploading to the database, you will receive a confirmation of the submission. You can load up to three photos per record. The form makes provision for three photos at the site described on the first form. (Usually, there is one record per site, so you skip over the provision for records two and three right down to the bottom of the form, and submit it.) Once the record is submitted, confirmation of its arrival is provided by the appearance of a thumbnail version of your photo, and the basic details of your record.
Well done! You've successfully submitted your first record to the Virtual Museum. You are now a qualified citizen scientist and an ambassador for biodiversity! The drill is the same for all the Virtual Museums of the Animal Demography Unit.