April 11, 2016

Names vs Anonymous

Recently attended the Ohio Amphibians conference (2016), and one talk was on whether platforms like iNaturalist were actually useful to scientific research. Overall, the research indicated that it was, but only if the data was accompanied by specified locales (they wanted GPS coordinates, to pinpoint township, which iNaturalist does offer), a verifiable photograph (or sound, I presume), and especially by the "collector's" name. In other words, they tossed all data where the collector was anonymous. So, if you have your profile set as anonymous , not showing your name, just be aware that your data may not be usable in scientific research, no matter how interesting the sighting is.

Posted on April 11, 2016 14:30 by coachwhipbooks coachwhipbooks | 8 comments | Leave a comment