New feature: "project members only" setting on collection projects

If you have ever wanted to create a project that only shows observations made by people who join the project, this is for you!

We just released a minor but impactful change that allows you to select "Only display observations from project members" for collection projects.

When you select this setting, the project will only show observations made by users who have joined the project (and meet the other requirements, like date, taxa, place, etc). To enable this feature, you can edit an existing collection project or create a new collection project. Note: This does not exist for umbrella projects or traditional projects.

We expect this will be especially useful for any group that wants to easily share their observations with each other, such as a botanical club that can't currently have in-person outings. Other use cases may be college classes moving to virtual labs or a project for fans of a podcast.

We don't recommend using it in combination with a specific list of usernames because in that case it will only display the observations that meet both criteria (i.e. observations from people whose usernames you added and who have also joined the project). However, you may want to exclude specific usernames, such as your own if you for some reason want your observations excluded.

Will this be useful for you? We'd love to hear how you plan to use this new setting.

Posted by carrieseltzer carrieseltzer, April 04, 2020 03:19

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will there ever be projects again that aren't just glorified search functions?
I regret not making a Bioluminescent Organism Project back in the day similar to the one for UV Fluorescent Organism project:
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/uv-fluorescent-organisms
As I can't find a way to have a project that spans all taxa and users that is able to look at a non-geographical or non-taxanomic aspect like Bioluminescence. Even if projects could be made that keyed on an observation field or a tag would be a helpful work around.

Posted by damontighe 3 months ago (Flag)
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@damontighe have you tried making a Traditional project (link at the very bottom of this page: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/new)? Or are you looking for something else?

Posted by humanbyweight 3 months ago (Flag)
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There is a feature request made for having fields be accessible as criteria for collection projects, and there is the old traditional projects still available.

Posted by kiwifergus 3 months ago (Flag)
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Yay, I think this is great. We had a hard time setting this up for conference group a couple of years ago because I had to add every person who joined to the user list manually.

Posted by jdjohnson 3 months ago (Flag)
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Nice.
Could this not please also be made a filter criterion? For instance, I would love to be able to see observations only from joined members without disrupting the overall project or having to create a new "duplicate" project.

And more especially, to find users who are contributing significantly, but have not joined the project yet (and who would benefit the project by having it display on their observations, and who might benefit from News updates and feedback).
Or do these filters already exist?

Posted by tonyrebelo 3 months ago (Flag)
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Thank you very much, I think that such an update will help in motivating people or to know how people are really aware of the projects they are contributing to.

Posted by carlacorazza 3 months ago (Flag)
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This will be helpful for some purposes. A traditional project seems to fit my class needs better because I'm using iNaturalist for graded work and want to limit who can join.

Posted by sedgequeen 3 months ago (Flag)
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Great! This is going to be very useful for a "confinement bioblitz" we are organising in Italy.
I tried to play with this new feature but I cannot find it. In the settings of a new collection project or one which I'm already curating I only see this field:

With Annotation
Only display observations from project members (people who have joined the project)
list of annotations field to be selected

Posted by mattiamenchetti 3 months ago (Flag)
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Thank you @humanbyweight I didn't realize there was a live link still to the old way of building a project!

Posted by damontighe 3 months ago (Flag)
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@mattiamenchetti you should see it above the "With Annotation" section of the Observation Requirements.

Posted by tiwane 3 months ago (Flag)
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@mattiamenchetti some of the text was in the wrong place. If you check again it should work now.

@tonyrebelo, if your collection project doesn't have any user rules, it should be pretty straightforward to check the "project members only" box, save the project, look at the stats, then go back and uncheck the box, and save again. (You could do this if it has user rules too, it just might not be as helpful).

Posted by carrieseltzer 3 months ago (Flag)
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@tiwane @carrieseltzer thank you! Now I see it.

Posted by mattiamenchetti 3 months ago (Flag)
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Awesome! Very useful for competition-type projects.

Posted by reuvenm 3 months ago (Flag)
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It would be wonderful if one could add only some observation to a project: collection projects collect everything is posted by a member of a project, even what is not interesting for the project itself.

Posted by carlacorazza 3 months ago (Flag)
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You probably want a Traditional Project. You limit membership and they don't just vaccuum up everything.

Posted by sedgequeen 3 months ago (Flag)
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@carlacorazza - alternatively to a traditional project, you may want to add more filters to your project and limit it to only those species and places that are of interest to the project.

Posted by tonyrebelo 3 months ago (Flag)
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That seems like a better idea, @tonyrebelo

Posted by sedgequeen 3 months ago (Flag)
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Yes, I know, i started with a small traditional project and then I converted it in a Collection project because the appearance was better :-). So i noticed that all the observations made by the member of the project are added and not only those of interest (I hope is not a big problem, since it is a project devoted to observation while stuck at home!). Now I know it is better I never convert a larger traditional project about roadkilled animals!

Posted by carlacorazza 3 months ago (Flag)
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I can't find the widget of the project.

Posted by carlacorazza 3 months ago (Flag)
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The widget tool is not displayed for collection projects.

Use this
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/widget?projectid=71621
and substitute the project ID.
if you dont know the project ID number, just type ".json" after the project name in the url and it will display the project
ID number for you.

Posted by tonyrebelo 3 months ago (Flag)

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