Seek - new functionality lets users post to iNaturalist

Ever since the first version of Seek was released in March 2018, people have been asking if their observations will contribute to citizen science or be used to improve the computer vision model. Now, they can!

As of today, Seek users can post to iNaturalist. To make this happen, in Seek you can:

  • Create an iNaturalist account or log in with an existing iNaturalist account
  • Create an account for a child under the age of 13 (with a parent or guardian’s permission)
  • Optionally post to iNaturalist at the time of making an observation. This is a simple, one-way method to get it to iNaturalist, with limited functionality.

Observations that have been created from Seek can be found here: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?oauth_application_id=333&place_id=any&subview=grid

You will need to update Seek to access this this new functionality.

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Posted by tiwane tiwane, May 31, 2019 23:18

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Very nice, this will be great for kids that want(ed) to contribute. Congratulations, iNat team :)

Posted by calebcam 25 days ago (Flag)
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Great. This solves the issue that "Seek" was locally seen as an alternative platform to iNaturalist. As an added iNat functionality for a niche market, this makes it far easier to promote ...

Posted by tonyrebelo 24 days ago (Flag)
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If observations from Seek are identified on iNaturalist, does it update the Seek listing for that user?

Posted by silversea_starsong 24 days ago (Flag)
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Not with this release but I believe that’s high on the priority list

Posted by loarie 24 days ago (Flag)
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If any examples needed to be given, cases like this would be relevant: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/26207752#activity_identification_57359019

(and many more)

Posted by silversea_starsong 23 days ago (Flag)
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Great!

Posted by lera 23 days ago (Flag)
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Ohhhh. I do not feel good about this.

Posted by bennypoo 23 days ago (Flag)
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@bennypoo if you have concerns, it would be helpful if you described what they were.

Posted by tiwane 23 days ago (Flag)
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Where to download the official seek APK (for those of us, who are not using the google-store)?

Posted by mreith 23 days ago (Flag)
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Will Seek users see the comments shared by iNaturalist community? e.g. hints on combining duplicate entries.

Posted by lera 23 days ago (Flag)
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@tiwane, does Seek still rely exclusively on the AI for identifications? This is my chief concern. The concept of children populating the data on iNaturalist is my other concern. It would seem to hasten the decline of data quality available from iNaturalist. My fear for the last year or so has always been that a sharp decline in data quality just as the platform is gaining its legs would result in large-scale abandonment of that data. In years past, iNaturalist represented a new, extremely useful, and underutilized resource that had more potential uses than anyone could even conceive of at the time. The data quality was unusually high, to boot. Many of the errors were of the type found in other sources from time to time as well.

My fear is that if this incredible research tool serves primarily as a storage location for heaps of low-quality data, it will lose large portions of its utility to researchers. This will happen if the data quantity exceeds efforts to curate it.

Posted by bennypoo 23 days ago (Flag)
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I was wondering about that too. There are a lot of misIDs. It may be best to have a manual way to vet which observations go to iNat.

Posted by silversea_starsong 23 days ago (Flag)
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the app seems to make a great job in the identification of plants! love it!

Posted by mreith 23 days ago (Flag)
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@tiwane, another BIG issue I have with posting Seek observations to iNaturalist is that Seek doesn't provide an option to mark an organism as captive. Since many of these organisms are plants, how are curators on iNat to know if the organism is cultivated or not?

Posted by bennypoo 23 days ago (Flag)
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@bennypoo the Seek observation form does have a field for captive/cultivated

Posted by loarie 23 days ago (Flag)
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Thank you, @loarie. That assuages one of my many fears.

Posted by bennypoo 23 days ago (Flag)
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@bennypoo the image above has a screenshot of the submission screen.

Posted by tiwane 22 days ago (Flag)

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