Ιούλιος 27, 2023

Identifying iNaturalist observations

  • As being not an expert, I very rarely can and do identify anything at species level.
  • All my IDs are always supportive upto my best guess taxon level; any disagreements are explicitely marked as such [0].
  • When not sure I still try to give my best guess to advance/shift community ID.
  • Most of the time, when community taxon improvement is linear, I only advance it with more specific IDs than previous ones.
  • But when opinions split, community taxon improvement is branching, and even most generic IDs make a difference, I try to shift it to the branch I believe to be the right one even by giving less specific IDs.
    This is especially useful in pre-maverick cases [1], when even broadest ID may shift the equilibrium to better community taxon and bring the observation to attention of experts.

  • I just don't expect people to give / wait for expert-level only IDs in cases, where even amateurs can help. :)
  • I also like to believe it will be we — the amateurs, not the professionals, who will save the world one day! :) Just don't know for sure when it will happen…

[0] https://www.inaturalist.org/blog/13503-identification-disagreements-are-now-explicit
[1] https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/pre-maverick

Posted on Ιούλιος 27, 2023 0325 ΜΜ by korobkov korobkov

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