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Workshops associated to the 20th Annual ECS Conference in Gdynia

Title: EUROPHLUKES

Date: Sunday, the 2nd of April

Time and place: NEW! Hotel Gdynia, Armii Krajowej Str. 22 (opposite the Music Theatre)

Organizers: Eric Pauwels, Peter G.H. Evans (peter.evans@zoo.ox.ac.uk)

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Registration: To register and to know more details please contact the organizers.

A Europhlukes Photo-Identification Workshop: will be held at the 20th Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society in Gdynia, Poland from 10.30 am-6 pm on Sunday 2nd April 2006 in the Institute of Oceanography, University of Gdańsk. Convenors: Elena Ranguelova and Eric Pauwels (CWI, Amsterdam), Peter Evans (Sea Watch Foundation, Oxford), Ana Ca?adas (Alnitak, Madrid) and Simone Panigada (Tethys Research Institute, Milan)

Background: Between 2002 and 2004, the European Union funded a collaborative project called EUROPHLUKES, co-ordinated by CML, Leiden (Netherlands). This project brought together around fifty research groups from 14 European countries, contributing lover 54,000 digitised images from 20 cetacean species. Since then, both the European Cetacean Society and ACCOBAMS Agreement have pledged financial support for the continuation of the project. Efforts have concentrated upon improving the automated software programs developed for tail fluke and dorsal fin margins and pigmentation patterns; there have been a number of new contributors, and some catalogues have been updated.

Aims: There are two main aims of this workshop. The first is to present the latest versions of photo-ID software developed in the EUROPHLUKES Project. We will cover two main topics:

¤ Contour extraction and matching for dorsal fins and flukes;
¤ Semi-automatic segmentation and matching of fluke and fin pigmentation patterns and bite or scratch marks.



The workshop will start with a presentation and practical demonstration of the functionality and the interface to the software, with opportunities for feedback (questions and suggestions for further development). This session will take about 1-1.5 hours. Following that, and up to lunchtime, participants will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the programs
(but for this they will need to bring their own laptops and download the software PRIOR to the workshop).

In the afternoon, there will be a "closed" session for those persons wanting to actively participate in the Working Groups that were initiated at the previous meeting in La Rochelle, and to develop the Europhlukes Project in the future. Five working groups were proposed as follows:

a) Matching Software Review and Development
b) Testing Database Structure
c) Web Site Development
d) New Image/Data Input and Further Collaborators
e) Dissemination of Information & Training for New Users

Finally, there will be a general session to discuss future development and funding, to circulate New Contributor Agreements, and to establish a timetable for progressing the project.

There will be a small fee for each participant so as to cover the hire of the room & facilities

Contact: Peter Evans (peter.evans@zoology.ox.ac.uk) as soon as possible since space is the room will be limited, and in any event no later than 1st March. If you would like to receive the new software, please convey this information to Eric Pauwels (eric.pauwels@cwi.nl) and provide the e-mail address to which you would like it sent.

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