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Topic: iNaturalist Species Names

Chris,

Can I ask a question ref iNaturalist records coming over to iRecord and thence the NBN database please ?

As I understand things records entered into iNaturalist with photographs and which are validated to 'Research Grade' will in future be passed to iRecord to be validated by British data verifiers and once verified will be entered into the NBN database for usage.  However, there does appear to be an issue with species names in that the iNaturalist names database covers species from all over the world and as a consequence covers species currently not in the UKSI but which can be found in 'artificial' situations such as public parks (many tree and other plant species were planted in such parks, some as far back as 100 years ago and some much more recently).

Merseyside, as a part of the Year of the Environment, has been running a recording project this year covering public greenspaces (https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/20 … -challenge) which includes public parks and hence many records for such 'foreign' trees and bushes have been entered into iNaturalist.

When these records are passed to iRecord will these 'new' species be added to the UKSI and thence to iRecord and Recorder or will these records be dropped/deleted from the system (or perhaps not even accepted into the system in the first place) ??

Many thanks for any clarification you can provide.

Steve

Steve J. McWilliam
www.rECOrd-LRC.co.uk
www.stevemcwilliam.co.uk/guitar/

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Re: iNaturalist Species Names

Hi Steve

That's a very good point but not one that we have formally decided upon :)  I'm happy to add any species to the UKSI that are needed by recording schemes in the UK, however I know that the BSBI were keen not to flood the UKSI with all of the cultivars and garden-grown things that might be found the wrong side of a fence etc. I think for now iRec will take whichever species are matched to UKSI taxa and just leave the others behind.

Best wishes,
Chris R.

Chris Raper, Manager of the UK Species Inventory, Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity,
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD.  (tel: 020 7942 5894)
also Tachinid Recording Scheme (http://tachinidae.org.uk/)

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Re: iNaturalist Species Names

Cheers for the clarification Chris.

Steve J. McWilliam
www.rECOrd-LRC.co.uk
www.stevemcwilliam.co.uk/guitar/

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https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/vi … nd-ireland

Steve J. McWilliam
www.rECOrd-LRC.co.uk
www.stevemcwilliam.co.uk/guitar/