If the GPS coordinates of an observation are exactly 0, 0, it’s certain that the observation is placed at the incorrect location on the map. At this time, the observation must be manually marked as inaccurate by volunteers, which takes a lot of time. Instead, the system should automatically:
- strip coordinates from existing observation if their coordinates are exactly 0, 0, and
- prevent these observations from being saved/uploaded in the first place (appears to be an app issue)
Notes on prevalence and how these get created in the first place:
- As of July 2019, there are over 18,400 observations mapped at 0, 0
- Around 100–300 new observations at 0, 0 are added each week. Many of these reach Research Grade.
- As long as there is the option to “Edit location” that starts the map off at 0,0 there will always be some users that save from there without making changes.
- @ryanroter: “not sure what happened there! The photo itself on my phone did not record location data so it seems like it was just a glitch.” https://www.inaturalist.org/photos/44938981
- @cherryl1: “the gps expects the subject and you to be at the same place. Many times, take a vast array of photos, then get home to edit and post”
- @joecain: “the iNaturalist app strips the location data sometimes.”
- @aishagk: “I was in an area without great connection”
- @danefroymson: “the location has poor reception while using the android phone app. I don’t recall a message asking if I’m sure I want to save location with no coordinates, I usually see that in such cases.”
- @supabetty: " I was in a no cell reception area when I tried to use this application."
- @cinnamon3: “I’m certain the lack of coordinates had to do with my phone’s location being turned off…I was saving battery while or of signal!”