gear database deduplication

10 Oct, 2017 20:12

it would be nice if the gear database would not contain that many dupes.
I don't know how many dupes of PixInsight or the ASI1600MM-C from ZWO are in the DB. The entries should be combined to improve searching.

It would also help to show and sort how many owners exist when entering the gear so people gravitate to the hopefully correct gear.

Best regards
29 Nov, 2017 03:22
I second this one!
29 Nov, 2017 07:13
Yes, I would also love to see this happen!

Edited 29 Nov, 2017 07:13
01 Dec, 2017 21:55
Me too. It is not so easy to find pictures taken with similar equipment like your own. Probably this request is a challenging one, but a clean gear database would be a massive benefit, i think.
02 Dec, 2017 12:50
Maybe we can split the work, if Mabula creates a Google spreadsheet or so with different gear types and split them into let's say 50 sheets I am sure we can get this done
02 Dec, 2017 17:13
You can’t do it that way, there are tens of thousands of items. I need to write a section of AstroBin for official equipment pages, that are curated by moderators, and then rewrite the way you add gear to images so that you need to choose from the curated database. I can do that but it will take quite some time.

And by the way, I am starting a new day job sonI have limited time for new time-consuming AstroBin features 😭
22 Jan, 2018 22:24
Salvatore, why not go a Wiki-like way, i. e. a more "democratic" way? I mean users could create and manipulate gear description pages themselves and insert only links to them into the image detail section. The only thing we would need is an overview of pages already available. If we start from zero then there could be a chance to concentrate the mass of gear items to a few hundred ones. And that all at a low price for a wiki tool without any need for a special database and/or moderators. So, most of the work would be performed by the users then… smile
CS, Andreas
23 Jan, 2018 05:32
Hi Andreas,
I never was even entertaining the idea of doing the actual dedupication work myself. The idea would of course always be that the community does it, but that still requires a massive amount of work from my side to set up a system that would enable you all to improve the gear database.
26 Jan, 2018 19:27
Salvatore, to ease your work, do you have something in mind that is already available? I mean some kind of database framework or wiki system?
26 Jan, 2018 21:07
Unfortunately not. Whatever it is, it needs to be tightly integrated with AstroBin, and the gear management code on AstroBin needs to be rewritten so we don't end up with the same mess again a year later.
07 Feb, 2018 15:25
I have another idea. There could be a quite easy way to link your existing gear items to an official database without creating that database separately:
First, we need the possibility to modify the hyperlink of your own gear copy to point to a different gear page than yours (which is empty in most cases… ).
Second, an approved AB team has the admin rights to create a gear item/page for our wanted list of products. Those items (and only those) may have some special kind of mark (e. g. an additional flag or a special naming) to be detected by the gear autofill parser. So, if you would like to link your gear item to a central product page, you can select one of these official items. How does that sound?
Edited 07 Feb, 2018 15:26
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