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The Open Traits Network maintains a member registry. This page aims to information to help OTN members and editors to do so.

process / creating member file / member profile / member photo

Member Registration Process

The member registration process is as follows:

  1. prospective member opens a "register member" github issue via
  2. prospective member fills out the member registration form provided in the member registration issue template. This template is managed at .github/ISSUE_TEMPLATES/
  3. prospective member submits the issue
  4. OTN editor reviews the registration request, asking for information if needed via issue.
  5. on approval, OTN editor creates a new member file
  6. OTN editor notifies new member via issue comment.
  7. OTN editor closes issue

If you'd like to improve the registration process, please open an issue and make suggestions.

Creating a member file

To create a new member file, first copy the text in the code formatted box below or re-use the template via an issue provided through the member registration process, including the three dashes at the top and bottom of the text. Next, go to the top of the page and click Create new file which is located on the top right, second menu down. Paste the copied text into the large textbox and fill in the information as per the instructions below. Leave a space after the colon on each line. Enter the same id in the small textfield at the top (the web link), which is your name with dashed instead of spaces (e.g., joshua-s-madin).

  • layout: leave this as member
  • id: enter your name with dashed instead of spaces (e.g., joshua-s-madin)
  • name: enter your name with spaces (e.g., Joshua S Madin)
  • affiliation: enter your affiliations (e.g., University of Hawaii)
  • email: (optional) enter your email address
  • website: (optional) enter full web address (i.e., include https://)
  • lat: if you want to appear on the map, enter the lat and long of your institution in decimal degrees
  • long: see above

Copy this:

layout: member


Please also build a small profile of yourself for other OTN members to get to know you a little. This may include your taxa of interest, descriptions of your open datasets and a brief collaboration statement that details your expertise, achievements and interests in trait science. You can do this by adding text below the second --- See or for some examples.


The photo image should be stored in images/members in jpg format using your as a filename (e.g., picture for member with id joshua-s-madin has image images/members/joshua-s-madin.jpg), if image is not available but github is set the profile picture will be used on profile pages on on the member map.

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