Topic: City Nature Challenge

Several UK cities are participating in this (http://citynaturechallenge.org/)
They are using iNaturalist to record.
The records might finish up on GBIF but I know of no mechanisms that will put them on NBN Atlas.


Re: City Nature Challenge

Thanks for your message Darwyn.

My understanding is that the records will be verified in iRecord and then will be transferred to the NBN Atlas and GBIF. I haven't heard anything more for a few months, when I do, I'll write a message.

Thanks, Sophie

Sophia Ratcliffe
Technical & Data Partner Support Officer, NBN


Re: City Nature Challenge

Does that mean the records will be automatically transferred from iNaturalist to iRecord Sophie ??  How does that work ?

Steve J. McWilliam


Re: City Nature Challenge

Some info;

iNaturalist feeds what it classes as 'Research Grade' observations on to GBIF (Research Grade: https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/help#quality)

BRC have recently implemented a transfer of iNaturalist records with photo's into iRecord for UK verification and data flow.

All data on iNaturalist can be downloaded by anyone directly (lots of filtering options). However, designated species are blurred and can only be downloaded by the owner or a project admin where the original user has 'joined' that project.

By default all iNaturalist records are assigned a licence of CC-BY-NC (the user can change this).

Potential issues..

We are duplicating iNaturalist data flow (GBIF) where records are being downloaded/verified in UK systems then shared to the NBN Atlas and on to GBIF

We are duplicating data flow (NBN Atlas/LERCs/NSS) where records are being downloaded/verified in UK via multiple local routes (LERCs, NSS, iRecord). Note some recorders are also entering into multiple systems.

I understand NBN Atlas may eventually draw down from GBIF in which case there is a future additional duplication issue at least of research grade observations with the additional difficulty that the verification status and id itself may have changed.

LERC Officer
Merseyside BioBank - Local Environmental Records Centre for North Merseyside