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16. lokakuuta 2020

Sharing obscured locations with MBP

This is the short version. Long version with much more info on why and our assurances on careful use of this data is here: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/maryland-biodiversity-project/journal/37899-sharing-obscured-locations-with-mbp

Option #1

1) Go to the "MBP Sensitive" project at https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/mbp-sensitive.
2) Select "Your Membership".
3) Under Settings, there's the item "Do you want to make your private/obscured observation coordinates visible to the project curators?" Click "Yes, no matter who adds the observation to the project."

Option #2

1) Follow Bill from MBP - go to https://www.inaturalist.org/people/billhubick and click "follow billhubick" next to my name.

2) Go to Account Settings via the menu in the top-right of any page.

3) On the far right, there's a heading called "Your Relationships". Under it, click "Manage your relationships". Search for "billhubick" and click enter. Then by my name select the box for "Trust with hidden coordinates".

Then anytime anyone adds something there, we can see the coordinates and map to the right county/quad (and have for research/conservation/posterity).

Lähetetty 16. lokakuuta 2020 12:40 käyttäjältä billhubick billhubick | 0 kommenttia | Jätä kommentti

30. kesäkuuta 2020

Sharing obscured locations with MBP

Short

Please consider adding Maryland observations with obscured locations to the project "MBP Sensitive" - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/mbp-sensitive. Maryland Biodiversity Project (MBP) is a biodiversity-focused non-profit that handles sensitive data with great care. We archive biodiversity data for posterity and share with appropriate stakeholders in the science and conservation community. The MBP web site only shows record details at the USGS quad level by default and only to county level for vulnerable species.

To share your coordinates, please complete the following easy steps: Go to the "MBP Sensitive" project and then "Your Membership". Under Settings, there's the item "Do you want to make your private/obscured observation coordinates visible to the project curators?" Please click "Yes, no matter who adds the observation to the project." Then anytime anyone adds something there, we can see the coordinates and map to the right county/quad (and have for research/conservation/posterity).

Details

iNaturalist supports at least two forms of geoprivacy. Record-level geoprivacy allows individuals to mark records as “obscured” or “private”. To protect sensitive species, iNaturalist also marks all records of certain taxa (i.e., endangered, S-ranked, vulnerable) with “obscured” geoprivacy via a “taxon_geoprivacy” field.

We have to go a bit technical for this paragraph. When records are obscured - whether at the record level or the taxon level - our MBP data ingest tool cannot see the precise locations. Based on our testing, the “obscured” coordinates can place the location outside of the actual quad, county, or even state. The state can be confirmed elsewhere, so our current approach is to ingest the record and media and map them at the state-level only with county and quad not populated.

So what can we do?

  • First, if/when comfortable with all details, including species / site sensitivity, you can remove the record-level geoprivacy and add records as “open”. This option is not available for taxon-level geoprivacy.
  • Add records to the MBP Sensitive project and grant curators permission to see the coordinates -
    https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/mbp-sensitive

Why two projects?

It came down to deciding whether we wanted to manually add every record or just have to add the sensitive records. Our main project is a collection project and automatically collects all MD records in iNaturalist (with some other basic rules). Unfortunately, the trade-off is that curators/managers of that project cannot see obscured coordinates. MBP Sensitive is a “traditional” project, which does allow observers to share coordinates with our curators. As noted above, MBP will archive any obscured coordinates for posterity and share with appropriate stakeholders in the science and conservation community. Our web site only shows record details at the USGS quad level by default and only to county level for vulnerable species.

Lähetetty 30. kesäkuuta 2020 14:35 käyttäjältä billhubick billhubick | 4 kommenttia | Jätä kommentti

1. huhtikuuta 2020

MBP is adding support for iNaturalist

Good news! We wanted to let you know that Maryland Biodiversity Project (a 501(c)3 non-profit cataloging Maryland's biodiversity) is adding support for sharing observations via iNaturalist! Maryland records added to iNaturalist are now automatically added to this MBP iNaturalist project and queued for addition to the MBP database. Joining our project here is encouraged but not required as all Maryland records are automatically aggregated. We will continue supporting Flickr-based submissions indefinitely, so changing over is encouraged but not required. Resubmitting photos on iNaturalist is also not required. Thank you for your continued support! Let us know if you have any questions!

Lähetetty 1. huhtikuuta 2020 12:48 käyttäjältä billhubick billhubick | 6 kommenttia | Jätä kommentti

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