On 2021-07-22 12:00 AM, ECN-L automatic digest system wrote:
> Thank you, Sam, for starting this highly interesting conversation, and to all who have commented.
> A) I wonder if there is a way, or even a will, to share digitized images from university and museum collections on iNaturalist, to at least give "amateur" users a better picture of just how vast a given taxon can be in terms of diversity. I am aware of a couple of independent efforts at crowdsourcing digitized images, but they are not widely known outside of our own community (and their acronyms even escape my own memory at the moment).
Indeed, as Neil said, one can upload an image of a museum specimen. It's
a conversation that has been discussion with iNat folks. (I think
someone would need to talk to them about their current thoughts about
scalability of this). That said, you can already connect your
in-the-field observation of the specimen with the vouchered specimen.
(I'm not sure of the exact field where you put this info into iNat though).
Note that in 2017 a group of us did move in this direction, to show one
idea of a possible best (better?) practice. But it takes time to close
See: Ecological Society of America 2017 Field-toCollections Bioblitz ESA
What we did and why we did it?
Summary: Engaged ecologists in a workflow starting from best-practice
field collections and observations (e.g. using data standards, what data
to capture, various methods) to getting specimens collected vouchered
and images of those specimens in iNat. Groups collected included plants
and insects. Plants went to FSU Herbarium, insects are at the Cheadle
Center (CCBER). Most of our iNat records noted to be research-grade.
Major goal to help strengthen the connections between collections,
collectors with ecology and ecologists. (see ICER:
How we did it?
Our iNaturalist Project?
Challenges: I note that while the specimens did get vouchered, (plants
are in the FSU Herbarium), the specimen records aren't published yet.
Once they are, then they can be linked to these iNaturalist records.
(And I suspect, that once they are published, the current clustering
algorithms being used at GBIF (developed by Nicky Nicolson) would link
the iNat record to the specimen record automatically (b/c of the
matching date, locality, collector, and taxonomic information matching).
Who were we?
Katie Pearson, Elizabeth Ellwood, Katja Seltmann, Deb Paul, Shelley James
Representing: @iDigBio #CCBER @LaBreaTarPits @RBGSydney
A few tweets to see more?
Hope that both helps and encourages others to think about this workflow
to stitch the in-field data/images/participants to the vouchered record.
- Deborah Paul, Biodiversity Informatics (BI) Community Liaison
- Species File Group (INHS), University of Illinois
-- Biodiversity Informatics Standards (TDWG) Chair (2021-2022)
-- Florida State University Courtesy Appointment
-- Species File Group and Events https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://speciesfilegroup.org__;!!PvXuogZ4sRB2p-tU!SaeJtMYMbJMeK6MAlPlYhU_Lb9rveEfID79WCcjGADuN5W5_EIkOmWNPhirGinXOTJKI$