Everyone can see the coordinates unless the taxon is threatened.
Public coordinates shown as a random point within 10KM of the true coordinates. True coordinates are only visible to you and the curators of projects to which you add the observation.
Coordinates completely hidden from public maps, true coordinates only visible to you and the curators of projects to which you add the observation. Observations with private coordinates will still be used to verify place check lists.
The data quality assessment is a summary of an observation's accuracy. All
observations start as "casual" grade, and become
"needs ID" when
the observation has a date
the observation is georeferenced (i.e. has lat/lon coordinates)
the observation has photos or sounds
Observations become "research grade" when
the iNat community agrees with the observer's ID, where an "agreeing"
identification is one that matches exactly or is of a child taxon of the
observer's ID. For example, if Scott says it's a mammal and Ken-ichi
says it's Homo sapiens, then Ken-ichi agrees with Scott.
Observations will revert to "casual" if the above conditions aren't met or
the community agrees the location doesn't looks
accurate (e.g. monkeys in the middle of the ocean,
hippos in office buildings, etc.)
the community agrees the organism isn't
wild/naturalized (e.g. captive or cultivated by humans
or intelligent space aliens)
the community agrees the observation no longer needs an ID and the community ID is above family
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