Add 'Science Enabled' Reporter of Articles that Cite Observations for User Profiles

I’m working on quite a few research products enabled by iNaturalist data, and I want to be able to share back to the observers and identifiers that their data enabled this work.

GBIF collects the citations of DOIs containing iNaturalist data, so you can see the scientific products enabled by iNaturalist collectively, but you can’t search this for observer or identifier.

The project Bloodhound takes GBIF citations and connects them back to the original observer or identifier, but only for preserved specimens, living specimens, and fossil specimens. However, the code is available and could be repurposed to do the same thing to link back to iNaturalist users (which should, in theory, be pretty straightforward compared to the Bloodhound use case since the names are consistent).

You could imagine that on a user’s profile page a counter of ‘Science Enabled’ just like observations or identifications, and a landing page to look through all the papers published that cite these observations.

I think this would be a great return of results, both as someone who collects and identifies on iNaturalist and as a researcher. Plus, it seems to be a great way to allow for more transparency in attribution and credit for iNaturalist observers in general.

I’d like to note that I’d be happy to help with this!


Brilliant idea, I love it!


Certainly an interesting idea!

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I love this idea! I know I stumble on some rare species sometimes, as well as lots of heavily-studied migratory species, so I’d love to see how that data is being used!

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Just an update: this sounds pretty neat but we’re filing it under a “good to have at some point” for now since notifications, life lists, etc., have priority at the moment.