Is there a way to add or update an observation field for many observations en masse? Ideally, for my purposes, something along the lines of having an external table with observation IDs & observation field values (e.g., three columns, ‘observation ID’, ‘observation field name’, ‘observation field value’), and being able to import that into iNaturalist in some fashion (and have the values in that table overwrite existing values, if any).
For my own sanity, I think I need a way to record what I consider to be the correct name without feeling like I’m constantly stumbling over the iNaturalist taxonomy. The observation fields seem to be the avenue to do so, but I won’t have time to update it manually, observation-by-observation, at any point in the foreseeable future. On the other hand, creating a table like that mentioned above… that would be relatively easy. The alternative, I guess, would be to just maintain this information outside of iNaturalist. This would be easier, but kind of misses the point on documenting biodiversity.
I’m still stuck on the idea that part of the purpose of a venue like iNaturalist is to document identifications / usage of names. For instance, in a research context, one of the things you want to be able to do is have a record that says, “In this work, this is what the plants I was calling by this name look like.” That’s a big part of what herbaria do, but I really haven’t figured out how to do it on iNaturalist. There’s no way to attach a name to an observation in a way that is going to be stable, easily retrievable, and allows for taxonomic freedom. I’ve gotten the message on here that the iNaturalist staff does not have any interest in providing that capability and that there’s no productive way for me to help iNaturalist move in that direction, so I’m trying to figure out some workaround.