There is currently no direct option to bulk annotate your own observations, either during or after upload. However, there is a workaround that uses the fact that many observation fields are mapped to annotations. For example, if you fill out the field Animal Sign and Song with the value
Scat, then the annotation Evidence of Presence with automatically fill with the value
To bulk add annotations on the web uploader, select only the photos you wish to annotate, then fill out the Fields section.
To bulk add annotations on your existing observations, go to your Edit Observations page (
inaturalist.org/observations/yourusername). You can search/filter and change the number per page to help find the ones you want, then choose Batch Edit.
Select the observations you want to annotate, then choose Edit Selected.
Open Batch Operations and More Fields, then type in the box labeled Add a Field. Add the value for the field and then click Apply fields.
When you’re done adding fields, go to the bottom of the page and Save All.
- Sex is filled out if the value of your observation field is
female(regardless of the name of the field).
- Life stage is filled out if the value of your observation field is
nymph. It is also filled out if the observation field named
- If the name of the observation field contains
phenology, then a value of
floweringwill fill the annotation Flowering. If
yes, that will also work. It works similarly for
- The annotation Alive or Dead is filled by the fields
Dead or alive,
Alive or dead?,
Was it alive?,
Alive (AOR), Dead (DOR), or Injured (IOR).
- Evidence of Presence is filled out if the value of your observation field is
molt. It’s also filled from the observation fields
Note that most Annotations are limited to particular taxa and the mappings won’t work unless the observations are identified within those taxa.
Note also that this only works for your own observations – adding fields and annotations on observations of other users must be done one at a time, see tutorial here.