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data tracking and analytics for conservation efforts
A data tracking and analytics app for abalone conservation efforts.
The Abalone project is a data tracking and analytics system aimed at storing and measuring data for population trends, mortality rates, and breeding programs. Designed as a multi-tenant application, Abalone will initially serve two stakeholders, the Bodega Marine Laboratory at UC Davis and the Puget Sound Restoration Fund in Washington State.
The Bodega Marine Laboratory's White Abalone captive breeding program is working to prevent the extinction of the White Abalone (Haliotis sorenseni), an endangered marine snail. White abalone are one of seven species found in California and are culturally significant to the native people of the area. White abalone were perilously overfished throughout the 20th century, resulting in a 99 percent population decrease by the end of the 1970s. This group is working to reverse their decline and have already seen some great success, they currently have more abalone in the lab than exist in the wild!
The Puget Sound Restoration Fund works to raise and outplant hatchery-reared Pinto Abalone (Haliotis kamtschatkana), the only abalone species found in the Washington waters. This species has cultural and ecological significance, grazing rock surfaces and maintaining the health of rocky reef habitat and kelp beds. The Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) documented a ~98% decline from 1992 to 2017, leading the pinto abalone to be listed as a state endangered species in 2019.
This application will enable groups to add data either through CSV upload or through the web interface. Groups can view reports and visual representations of key data. Future plans include giving groups the ability to generate custom reports on the fly.
This application is built on following and you must have these installed before you begin:
* Ruby (3.0.3)
* Rails (188.8.131.52)
* PostgreSQL (tested on 9.x)
After forking this repo and cloning your own copy onto your local machine, execute the following commands in your CLI:
gem install bundler
Run Test Suite
bundle exec rake
Run Webserver for Abalone
Webpack dependencies can be rebuilt on command with
bin/webpack. Alternatively you can run
bin/webpack-dev-server in another terminal window. This will effectively run
bin/webpack for you whenever files change.
bundle exec rails s and browse to http://localhost:3000/.
Login information for white abalone:
Email: [email protected]
Login information for pinto abalone:
Email: [email protected]
The app uses the gem delayed_job for processing CSVs. To run background jobs, run the following command in your CLI:
To confirm background jobs are processing, try uploading a CSV at
http://localhost:3000/file_uploads/new. You should see the job complete in your CLI and see the file upload results here at
To see detailed logs from background jobs, run:
tail -f log/delayed_job.log
To clear background jobs, run:
This application uses a modified implementation of the Blazer gem to provide direct SQL access with data scoped to an organizational level. This requires some setup to use in your development environment. See the instructions for setting this up locally to get started.
We are currently experimenting with Docker for development. While we would love for more people to try it out, be forewarned - Docker functionality may not be maintained moving forward. You will need Docker and docker-compose.
makeutility can also make your development life easier. It is usually already installed on Linux and Mac computers. For Windows, an easy way to install it is via Chocolatey, a software package management system similar to Homebrew for Windows. Once Chocolatey is installed, install make with
choco install makein a command prompt running as Administrator.
To start the application in development mode:
docker-compose up --detach dbto start the database
docker-compose run --rm schema_migrateto bring the database schema up-to-date
docker-compose up --detach web delayed_jobto start the web and background job processes
Or, run only this:
make minty_freshto do all of the above
The web app will be available on your host at
http://localhost:3000. The logs for the web app and delayed_job processes can be seen and followed with the
make watch command.
Some Routine Tasks
make specwill run the RSpec tests
make lintwill run the Rubocop linting and style checks
make brakemanwill run the Brakeman security vulnerabilities checks
make testwill run spec, lint, brakeman
make buildwill build the Docker image for the abalone application. You'll need to run this occasionally if the gem libraries for the project are updated.
make database_seedswill seed the database according to
make nukewill stop all Abalone docker services, remove containers, and delete the development and test databases. This is also used in the
make minty_freshcommand to restart the development and test environment with a clean slate.
Only the Database
Some developers prefer to run the Ruby and Rails processes directly on their host computers instead of running everything in containers.
It might still be convenient for those developers to run the database in a container and not deal with the installation of yet another server on their computer.
To do so:
export DATABASE_URL="postgres://dockerpg:[email protected]:54321"
We have included the Annotate gem in this project, for better development experience. It annotates (table attributes) models, model specs, and factories.
The annotate task will run automatically when running migrations. Please see
lib/tasks/auto_annotate_models.rake for configuration details.
If it does not run automatically, you can run it manually, on the project root dir, with:
Check out their Github page for more running options.
In submitting features or bug fixes, please do not add new infrastructure components — e.g. databases, message queues, external caches — that might increase operational hosting costs. We are hosting on a free Heroku instance and need to keep it this way for the foreseeable future. Come talk to us if you have questions by posting in the Ruby for Good #abalone slack channel or creating an issue.
We want it to be easy to understand and contribute to this app, which means we like comments in our code! We also want to keep the codebase beginner-friendly. Please keep this in mind when you are tempted to refactor that abstraction into an additional abstraction.
Our stakeholders, the Bodega Marine Laboratory and the Puget Sound Restoration Fund work with large amounts of data collected as part of their abalone captive breeding programs. They need a system that can act as a central data repository for all of this data and provide robust reporting capabilities to help them examine trends and combine data collected across their research efforts.
We are building a multi-tenant application which has the following capabilities:
Green_389 from 3/4/08 to 4/6/15We sometimes tag individuals; however, not all individuals have tags. We can't tag individuals until they are older than one year old because they are too small. Generally a color, a 3-digit number and dates that tag was on. Sometimes tags fall off. It can be logistically challenging to give them the same tag, so they sometimes get assigned new tags. Also, occasionally tags have another form besides color_### (e.g., they have 2 or 4 digits and/or have no color associated with them), and sometimes they are something crazy like, "no tag" or "no tag red zip tie" for animals that lived long ago ... though I suppose we could re-code those into something more tractable.
SF##-##Animals from each spawning date and from each wild collection have a unique case number created by California's state Shellfish Health Laboratory (SHL). Sometimes animals from a single spawning date have more than one SHL number.
place_YYYYThis is how the lab coloquilly refers to each of their populations spawned on a certain date. It's bascially a note/nickname for each group of animals with a particular SHL #/spawning date.
Juvenile Rack 1 Column A Trough 3 from 3/4/15 - 6/2/16This is the tank space by date. This is a note. The types of input will vary significantly within a facility and over time.
facility_name - location_nameAnimals may be located in different location within a single facility
BML from 6/5/13 - 11/20/14Animals move around among a finite number of partner institutions (it is possible for new facilities to be added, but it only happens about once every few years).
Bodega Marine LaboratoryOrganizations act as the tenants within the application for the purpose of walling off data
See a full data dictionary here.
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