Add Plants of the World Online (POWO) to external names search options

Can this be done? Granted it is only applicable to Vascular Plants, but that could be made clear in the display in the window below. I expect this would result in very few hemihomonyms intended for other kingdoms, and would cut way down on outdated plant names coming in that need to be resolved with POWO by curators.

If curators want to “take on” a node of vascular plants (like a family), Scott can mass import the missing names in that family from POWO. Then synonyms existing on iNat can be swapped into the new names. I did this for Hypericaceae for example and would be happy to answer questions if people want to send me messages.

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Their API is not documented and could break or be unavailable at any time. Still worth incorporating it?

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I wonder if it would be worth some communication with POWO, just to give them a heads up that a stable and documented API, or at least notices of changes, would be very helpful? @loarie?

I think it would still be worth incorporating if possible, even if access is not always reliable. Tweak it again if/when API changes require. Unavailability at any time can be an issue with any web resource.

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So I just noticed that the screenshot above gives the option to “Contact the Forum” for missing taxa. Isn’t that one avenue that we are actively trying to discourage?

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Hi - I’m in touch with Kew for our collaboration on plant species mapping and so asked for a contact - hopefully someone with POWO will be in touch when they are back from a few days travel. Shall I direct to @tiwane?

I generally don’t deal with taxonomy stuff, but they can email help@inaturalist.org and I can forward it to the correct staff member.

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Maybe a good discussion for the Curators category? I would think they want to keep discussions on the website, but I don’t know.

I will seek contact this way - as it’s not really POWO team asking for help would be a bit odd to direct them to an anonymous address.

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