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Topic: New vitality field added to the occurrence record

Hi,
We have added the term 'vitality' to indicate whether the organism was alive or dead at the time of the occurrence. The term has been added to the list of available filters (click on the Customise filters button in the top left column, vitality is the last check box under the Occurrence header): https://records.nbnatlas.org/occurrence … %22dead%22

The term has been added to the Overview section on the occurrence record page: https://records.nbnatlas.org/occurrence … e8089e4f73

At the moment we don't have many records that are classified as dead. From now onwards I will use this term when formatting records for upload. We don't have a vocabulary for the term yet and we don't have a default of 'Alive', which perhaps we should? So the values are dead, alive and Not supplied. We could add 'Not reported' as a valid value.

Thanks, Sophie

Sophia Ratcliffe
NBN Atlas Data Manager

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Re: New vitality field added to the occurrence record

As this is fairly prominent on the occurrence page, have you thought about whether this should also have a value for things that are neither dead or alive, that should be used for signs only - molehills, tracks, vacated mines, that kind of thing? It has been a long while since I used Recorder 6 but I think these things are kept together with dead as an option there in Record Type.
Teresa

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Teresa Frost | Wetland Bird Survey National Organiser | BTO
Other hat  | National Forum for Biological Recording Council
(Old hats  | NBN Board, ALERC Board, CBDC, KMBRC)

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Re: New vitality field added to the occurrence record

Hi Teresa,
There is a term called organismScope, which we use to indicate what was actually observed: https://records.nbnatlas.org/occurrence … _scope%3A* I thought we had a lot more records with an organism scope - I'll check now.

The organism scope is listed under the Organism header but we can move it to the Overview section  e.g. https://records.nbnatlas.org/occurrence … b31e60279b

The R script I use to format R6 export for upload to the Atlas extracts the information for individual count, quantity, organism scope and vitality from the Abundance field.

Thanks, Sophie

Sophia Ratcliffe
NBN Atlas Data Manager