A Deeper Dive into MERMAID V2

The Projects Page

The Projects Page provides a complete summary of what is happening in the project. It will show you the number of submitted and unsubmitted sample units, the total number of sites with data, the number of users added to the project, and how the per-protocol data sharing policies have been set. You can even click on each tab to go directly to the specific page. For example, you can access the submitted page by clicking the Submitted tab on the Projects Page. To keep you updated, MERMAID Version 2 also added an all-new notification button that informs you of the latest updates from MERMAID and your projects. Close to the notification button, you can find the Reference button which you can access from any page. Now, you can download Reference in an XLSX format and have all the benthic and fish reference in one document. Each project also features the copy project and offline ready buttons from MERMAID Version 1.

The Overview Page

As a data manager, you might want to see at a glance all the data that has been submitted as well as who to chase for unsubmitted data. MERMAID Version 2 understands you. It now has an Overview Page that provides you with the summary of all sample units and management regimes per project. Here you can inspect the number of submitted sample units per method, the number of unsubmitted sample units per method, and make sure the sites have the right management regimes. The Overview Page also provides you with direct access to a sample unit. To make changes, the sample unit must be moved from the submitted to the collecting page. Re-validation is required before submitting the updated sample unit. This means no more unexpected site changes.

The Collecting Page

The new Collecting Page is designed to allow users to handle warnings and errors more easily. It also shows a reminder of why a sample unit cannot be submitted, to help you address problems faster. Messages are easier to read and appear where the problem is. MERMAID Version 2 also deals with site and management regime duplications in a smarter way. MERMAID Version 1 would check for duplication every time a site or management regime was saved, whereas in Version 2, only validated sample units are checked for duplication. Furthermore, the validation in Version 2 was checked only against the submitted sample units. This means an even faster and more efficient working process. It's even better with the new Export to XLSX button, where you can have all the necessary information in one file. The photo transect method is now available in MERMAID Version 2 to store your photo classification results.

The Users Page

The new Users Page supports not only a small team of observers but also a team that consists of more than 10 people. It provides more detailed information on users in the project. MERMAID Version 2 supports filtering users by name or email address. Admins can also change roles, add and remove users without going to another page, and access the user's email addresses for easy contact.

See our MERMAID Version 2 announcement. If you have any questions or want to learn more about MERMAID Version 2, contact us.