Data Entry Frequently Asked Questions

Section 1. Accessing the data entry page
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  • When I go to the login page, I get a message saying "WARNING: YOU MUST ENABLE JAVASCRIPT TO USE THE DATA ENTRY PAGE. What does it mean and what should I do?

    JavaScript is a component of Internet browsers that is necessary for the data entry pages to work. Most computers are now equipped with JavaScript compatible browsers, but you must make sure that it is also activated on your computer. Here is how you can enable JavaScript:

    INTERNET EXPLORER: In Explorer, go under the Tools menu and select Internet Options. Click on the Security tab and set the Security level for this zone to Medium.

    FIREFOX: In Firefox, go under the Tools menu and select Options. Click on the Web Features tab and make sure that the option Enable JavaScript is checked.

    Other types of browser have variable compatibility with JavaScript, and some do not support it at all (such as AOL browsers). Even if your browser supports JavaScript, we strongly recommend that you use either Internet Explorer or Firefox.

  • When I go to the login page, I get a message saying "WARNING: YOU MUST ALLOW COOKIES TO USE THE DATA ENTRY PAGE. What does it mean and what should I do?

    In order to identify which atlasser is accessing a page, the server stores a unique ID in a little text file called a cookie. If you disable cookies completely, you will not be able to use the data entry page. If you have enabled cookies and still see this error, you can try clicking on the link called "try again".

    INTERNET EXPLORER: In Explorer, go under the Tools menu and select Internet Options. Click on the Security tab and set the Security level for this zone to Medium.

    FIREFOX: In Firefox, go under the Tools menu and select Options. Click on the Privacy tab, expand the Cookies section, and make sure that the option Allow sites to set cookies is enabled (or that the site birdatlas.mb.ca is entered in the list of exceptions).

  • What web browser should I use?

    The data entry pages have been tested most thoroughly on Mozilla Firefox 3.5 Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, and we recommend any of these two versions or better. These programs can be downloaded for free from the internet:

    Microsoft Internet Explorer: www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/default.htm

    Firefox:www.mozilla.com/firefox/

  • Where can I get my atlasser number?

    If you registered as a participant in the Atlas, you should have received either a letter or an email informing you of your Atlasser ID number. Your ID number should also be listed on the address label of most correspondence from the atlas office (for example, the newsletter).

    If you don't have an atlasser ID number you can obtain one by registering on the web page (select "Register" from the atlas home page main menu bar, then "Register as an Atlasser"). If you have already registered and can't find your atlasser number, contact the atlas office (mbatlas@bsc-eoc.org).

  • I forgot my password. How can I recover it?

    If you have provided an email address during the registration, or if you have entered one in your online profile, you can have your password sent to you by email. On the login page, there is a box under the section called Forgot your login information? You can type in your atlasser number there, OR your email address (exact spelling is required). The password will be sent to the email address you provided us. This way, no one else can retrieve your password. If you still can't recover your password, please contact us (mbatlas@bsc-eoc.org), we'll be happy to assist you. Please note that regional coordinators do not have access to your password.

  • Can I store my login information so that I don't have to provide it each time I want to enter/review data?

    Yes. On the login page, there is a checkbox that says: Check this box if you want your browser to remember your login information. If you check it, your browser (e.g., Netscape or IExplorer) will keep a "cookie" containing the login information for the next time. This will only work for sessions done on a single computer, and only on a computer that allows cookies. If you try logging in using a new computer, you must enter your number and password again. Do NOT save your login information if you are working in a public place (e.g. a library) as anybody using that computer would then be automatically logged in as you.

  • How can I be sure that cookies are enabled on my computer?

    Cookies must be enabled on your browser if you want to use the data entry site.

    In Explorer, go under the Tools menu and select Internet Options. Click on the Security tab and set the Security level for this zone to Medium.

    In Firefox, go under the Tools menu and select Options. Click on Privacy and under Cookies, select Allow sites to set cookies, or enter birdatlas.mb.ca in the list of exceptions (if you only want to accept cookies from the Atlas site.

  • I click on many links or buttons and nothing happens. What's going on?

    The most probable answer is that you must activate JavaScript in order for these links to work properly (see this question). There may also be a JavaScript error in the code that may prevent the page from working properly. If you are certain that JavaScript is enabled, and this problem continues to occur, please contact us.

  • The page does not fit into my screen and I have to scroll from left to right to view the rest of the page. How can I change this?

    All of the atlas web pages are designed to fit within a screen using a minimum resolution of 1024x800 pixels. If you have to scroll left or right the see the page in full, your screen resolution is probably too low. The data entry page will still work fine, but you will end up scrolling left and right more than you should. Most computers will support at least a resolution of 1024x800 pixels. Note that it is normal that you have to scroll up and down however on some pages. To change your screen resolution in Windows, go to the Control Panel (under the Start Menu and Settings) and select the "Display" icon. Click on the last tab (Settings) and make sure that the Screen Area bar is set to 1024 by 800 pixels. Changing this value may also affect the number of colors that your screen can display. Normally, you will want to set the Colors to the maximum value available for that resolution. Before clicking OK, we suggest that you close all the programs currently running.

    When you click OK, Windows will ask you if you want to try changing the setting without restarting the computer or if you wish to restart. In most cases, you can select the first option. The screen resolution will change and a prompt will appear to ask you whether you want to keep those settings. If your screen becomes illegible, just wait 15 seconds and your original settings will come back in effect. You can go to a higher resolution if you wish.

Section 2. Personal information
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Section 3. Before you start entering data
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Section 4. Error messages
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Section 5. Entering data
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Section 6. Breeding Evidence Form
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Section 7. Point Count Form
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Section 8. Rare/Colonial Bird Form
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