March 26, 2017

Update on Project and Membership

We have been doing a lot of work with the Project set-up on our own website, iNaturalist and Atlas of Living Australia. We also have added most of our species list as verified by past observations on Tamborine Mountain. You will find those species lists in the iNaturalist pages for the Project, Place and Guides. We created several guides for different types of species and to stay within the 500 species number guide limit.

We apologize we have not enabled membership of the Project yet except by personal one to one agreement with new curators. We found that our Project questions provided an excellent opportunity of design to simplify import of past observation data with matching database fields. That is, if we structure our questions to match past observation field parameters then this will substantially smooth import of our past data. We are continuing to liaise on this issue and will open membership when this is ready.

Meanwhile, this DOES NOT STOP you getting started to add your observations in our Eco-Zone of the Project. You can see this zone in the Project and Place details. Your current observations can be added to the project at a later date.

Happy nature exploration!

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January 10, 2017

Getting organised

The TMNHA (Tamborine Mountain Natural History Association) is a not-for-profit Association that has been working with a Species Database for Tamborine Mountain in Queensland, Australia for many years. It started with paper lists and booklets, then non-profit books and on to computer aided systems and most recently its own online Database. Our Species Lists and Observations have been gathered with other local organisations and Authoritative Species Experts.

After reviewing online and mobile systems, we have now focused on setting up an integrated involvement of our work with iNaturalist. This will take us a little while to get ready for our iNaturalist Project to invite participants. However, the public can still add observations to the general iNaturalist system with GPS settings for our area and we can review them in time for approved addition to our project.

Meanwhile, we have created a Place for our Mountain and began adding our Species List. Some 800 Species were added to the Place Tamborine Mountain with ease and we have about another 400 to process. However, we have not verified the resulting iNaturalist Project List to ensure correct taxa was chosen by the system on our List upload. We note some issues of difference in taxa from our upload list and these will need review. This not to say there are errors in iNaturalist taxa but rather possible miss-matches from our source list upload. Once our Species List is done, we will be moving forward to open Observations through this system and maybe see with our other associates approval, if tens of thousands of past observations can also be added.

We look forward to a great relationship with iNaturalist, its experts and observers.

You can find out more about us from our website

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