There are two ways in which observation coordinates are hidden from public view:
- Geoprivacy set by the user (e.g. I choose to obscure observations made in my yard)
- “Taxon geoprivacy” that is automatically applied by the system if an observation has an identification of a species with a conservation status
Now if you expand the details below the map on an observation detail page, you can see more about why the true coordinates of an observation are hidden, who can see them, and why.
In the past, it has not been clear why certain observations are hidden from view, so identifying the two different types of geoprivacy will help. Taxon_geoprivacy is now a field in csv exports as well.
An example of messaging when your own observation is obscured by your own geoprivacy selection:
And when your own observation is obscured by taxon geoprivacy:
Another new and related feature allows you to “trust” other users with the hidden coordinates of your observations. It’s in account settings under a section called “Your Relationships”.
This allows you to share hidden coordinates with others, in addition to optionally sharing in the context of traditional projects.