Eyescores – Electronic Data Capture and photographic evidence collection platform for biological field studies.
Eyescores is an open platform for secure electronic data capture and photographic evidence collection for use in biological field studies. Integral to the system is the use of an Eye-Fi memory card (EYE-FI Inc. Mountain View, CA) in a digital SLR camera. This inexpensive (~$50) hardware device is used to create a local Wi-Fi connection between any camera with an SD memory slot and a netbook computer. Eyescores allows data transfers, watermarking and renaming of photograph image files in real time with almost zero user involvement. Eyescores is customizable, minimises user involvement in data entry and validates data using the powerful language of regular expressions. Data is stored in customisable formats and is automatically backed up to external solid-state USB hard drive. Eyescores performs on-the-fly encryption of subjects’ personal data using secure openSSL protocols (www.openssl.org). This makes the transfer of data files by email, cloud server or other similar electronic connections a secure and practical option for data management and sharing between sites. From the point of collection, Eyescores data is fully protected against loss or theft of the computer.
Eyescores is written in the programming language Perl. It runs on very low-specification hardware; is cross platform and is reasonably simple to install. Support is available from the authors if you wish to implement Eyescores. This software is released under the GNU General Public License.
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Roberts Ch, Mtuy T, Derrick T, Burton MJ and Holland MJ
Br. J. Ophthalmol 2012 Dec 21. [Epub ahead of print]
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