Embed Observations in Project Journal

It would be nice to have the possibility to add observations collected by a project to a journal post of the same project.

With that feature an admin could:

  • Feature an observation of the month from project members
  • Highlight some observations of an event based project like a Bioblitz
  • and the like ;)

Since this functionality already exists for personal journals the effort of implementation should be viable.


I’ll offer a slightly more complicated perspective on present capabilities: Observations can be “associated” with a personal journal post, and they are displayed at the bottom of a post. But at this time, hotlinks to observations cannot be embedded directly into the body of a post. Single images from “inaturalist-open-data.s3.amazonaws.com/photoscan be embedded in a journal post, but they are not hot-linked to the observation.
There has been a long-standing feature request to streamline this complexity by allowing your concept of direct links within a journal post to an observation. I don’t know the current status of that request.

Here’s a recent example of a journal post with a static amazonaws image embedded in the post: https://www.inaturalist.org/posts/89081-take-good-notes
You’ll notice in the above example that I actually added an explicit link to the observation just above the static image. In your scenario, that wouldn’t be necessary.
And here are a couple of examples with observations “associated” with a journal post:


Actually, it is possible to include a ‘clickable’ photo into the journal post, with a HTML code - combination of a href and img src.

E.g. the photo in the notes of this observation of a caterpillar is a link to the observation of the adult moth: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/187952002

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This would be very useful; I’d be interested in seeing the syntax for such a combination. Could you please spell that out here?

<a href="https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/195491116"><img src="https://inaturalist-open-data.s3.amazonaws.com/photos/343927464/original.jpg" alt="optional alt text"></a>

[![optional alt text](https://inaturalist-open-data.s3.amazonaws.com/photos/343927464/original.jpg)](https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/195491116)

[<img src="https://inaturalist-open-data.s3.amazonaws.com/photos/343927464/original.jpg" alt="optional alt text">](https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/195491116)