I just spent a good while searching to see if someone had already asked/addressed this and didn’t find anything, but my apologies if I missed something… My request: To have the option to download through the main Export Observations page all the fields that are available to admins/curators under the “Export with Hidden Coordinates” Project Curator Tool on traditional projects AND have the option to filter by date, taxa, etc. as we can in the Export Observations page.
I manage several traditional projects that our agency uses to assess rare species across our state. Beyond access to true coordinates, one of the most important things we get from the traditional projects is the ability to see IDs from our project curators, which gives us even more quality control beyond the Research Grade designation (we don’t use a RG observation unless it’s been vetted by a curator). We’re at a point where a few of these projects are close to or beyond the 200,000 observation download limit, and the curator tool “Export with Hidden Coordinates” does not give users the ability to filter observations; it’s just a pre-set download of the entire project. Even with small traditional projects, I’m finding that it takes a very long time to respond (typically, it takes hours of clicking through time-outs to get a download).
And while the Export Observations page allows project curators/admins to download private_latitude & private_longitude fields when a relevant project is specified, I have not found a way to include the following fields in the download:
Being able to access those fields in the download and filter by date to be able to pull smaller chunks of data would be extremely helpful, as it’s incredibly time-consuming to constantly be watching your export request spin and time out and then have to click again to start over via the traditional project export tool. Working through the Export Observations portal, users can queue a request once and just let it process. And one of the reasons we want to see exactly which curator has added what ID is so that we can go back over subsequent downloads and scan for any changes/updates to those fields. So just using a URL search for “pcid=true” doesn’t get us what we need.
Just thought I’d put this out there in case this is of interest to anyone else, and if anyone has suggestions for workarounds, I’d love to hear them!