This is pretty niche but if like me, you use both iNaturalist and iRecord for your biological recording, then here’s some information I found recently about interoperability between the two platforms: iRecord and iNaturalistUK | iRecord
If you use iNaturalist, you can help the recording scheme verifiers by following these guidelines where possible:
- Choose an open licence for your records: CC0 or CC BY will enable your records to be used as widely as possible; CC BY-NC (non-commercial) can prevent records being used by some schemes and records centres. Other licence choices (such as SA and ND) are difficult to interpret for individual records, and cannot be used in iRecord or the NBN Atlas (nor on GBIF).
- If adding records to the iNaturalist UK website, ensure that you zoom in to the map when setting the location, so that the records have an accuracy measure of 100 metres or less. This will ensure that a reasonably accurate grid reference can be assigned to them on import to iRecord.
- Avoid obscuring locations unless absolutely necessary, as this can prevent them being linked to grid references of suitable precision for recording scheme use
- Provide your real name if possible; this can be added as the “Display name” in your iNaturalist profile, and will then be used as the recorder name on iRecord
- Now that the record import is in place, it is helpful if you can avoid adding the same record to both iNaturalist UK and iRecord, to avoid duplication of both records and of verifiers’ time.](iRecord and iNaturalistUK | iRecord)
I mark lots of the records I make in my garden private (location only visible to verifiers) so that explains why none of my inaturalist records have been imported into the irecord database