How to use iNaturalist's Search URLs - wiki

Some more handy search parameters (from another thread: https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/create-filter-by-location-accuracy/298/5), this time for location uncertainty/positional accuracy:

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As an instructor with students using iNaturalist I wanted a way to pull up my students’ observations without having to create a project. The following search URL lets me follow my students whether or not they have remembered to provide a location for their observation, or a photo for that matter.

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?user_id=adorewill,gina_segal,josseljgallen,luckinos,jaylinolalotog,marice1,mj39,myewhie&place_id=any&subview=grid&verifiable=any

I can use this basic template to follow a specific section of students or potentially multiple sections. I expect I may run into limitations on the length of the URL as well as limitations on the number of observations that can be returned. I think instructors such as myself who sign up for iNaturalist tend to think that the first thing we need to do is to set up a project for our class. A search URL such as the one above is a potential alternative to setting up a project for a class.

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I am looking for a way of finding observations without coordinates. Many of these have Location Notes, so it is basically lacking Longitude or Latitude that I am looking for.
I am not interested in those with Latitude = 0 or Longitude = 0 (see https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/null (which is very inappropriately named, as I am looking for NULLS but this project identifies zeros instead - nulls have no data (value unassigned, or empty, or missing), but 0 is a specific datum - zero - like any other value - and not a “null”)).
At present for this user, filtering on verifiable=false gives me more or less what I want, but conflates these with any Data Quality criteria, not just missing coordinates.
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&subview=grid&user_id=dineo_dibakwane&verifiable=false

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This would be a great feature.

I’m trying to search for observations with the word “planted” in the description, to look for miscategorized cultivars. However, it seems to pull up everything with the word “plant” or "plants"in the description as well, which is quite a lot! Is there a way to search only for the exact word?

Here’s the URL I’m using. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?reviewed=any&quality_grade=needs_id%2Cresearch&q=planted&search_on=description

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This is slightly better as it’ll exclude captive=true and species = human:

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?quality_grade=casual&captive=false&photos=true&order_by=random&without_taxon_id=43584&user_id=dineo_dibakwane

(This comes from Ways to help out on iNat - wiki:

“Help fix casual grade observations by informing the observer that the date or location is missing”

It won’t find observations with a sound & no pictures, and will include all DQA except captive but most observations it find will because date or location is missing or inaccurate.

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Hi friends! A couple of other things that would be useful to me:

  • Search by how long ago the observation was posted relative to the current date (as in “more than three weeks ago” instead of “before 15 November 2019”)
  • Exclude observations for which the uploader has opted out of community identification

Is there a way to do these things? Can anyone tell me? I tried reading the API documentation linked above but I don’t see anything relevant to half the stuff that’s in this thread – maybe I’m looking in the wrong place or something.

Thanks!!

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What’s your use case here?

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I can imagine building a repeatable search that one would run once a month / week to look for new observations to examine. In fact I already do this kind of thing to search for new observations within a certain subfamily where I have IDed most of the existing observations. It would be more convenient to search for “obs_age_days<=30”, but for me this doesn’t rise to the level that I need an additional query term. Maybe @clockwood has a use case that makes manually editing the date more tedious.

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Is there any way to search for observations of extinct taxa?

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I suppose that could become further divided.

  1. Sadly, Taxa that have become extinct since the observation was made.
  2. Evidence of Taxa that was extinct prior to the obsevation.
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Or more likely, mistaken identifications.

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I have a wizz-bang fancy search url bookmarked that’s custom made to find unknowns that I can further categorize (incl by putting them in certain projects)

but I also want to give people a chance to ID their own unknowns (as discussed in the thread that was titled something like “why do do many serious power users upload many unknowns at a time”)

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does use case matter? honest question here, I can’t imagine that the answer of “how to use x to get y result” would be different based on whether I just like x, or z won’t work for me, or what. the way x and y relate to each other is not altered by my internal motivations. I am Autistic and baffled

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It came across as a benign, curious question to me.

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I have a similar (sort of) use case… here in NZ we have a lot of spider experts that used to do a lot of identifying in iNat, and while I was learning spiders, it occurred to me that it would be good if the experts held off a week or two to let us newbies have a go at IDing… and then they just work on the difficult ones. I was considering that their time and expertise was better spent on the difficult stuff, and it also gives us a chance to challenge ourselves before the “answers” appear…

Of course, it depends on what background you come to iNat with, some will be viewing it as a data source, some will be looking at it as a learning opportunity (this is me!)… others will see a social network to engage with, and some will consider it just a means to find out what something is (ok, this one is me too). We all probably have different blends of these factors.

So I guess what I am saying is, how X and Y relate to each other are altered by your internal motivations. If the motivation is to have these observations reach the “correct” ID as soon as possible, then any action that delays that would be equally baffling. I find it baffling that so many users seem so highly motivated to have them go to RG as soon as possible and become invisible to the majority of identifiers… we miss so many interesting and wonderful observations because others beat us to the IDs. A long time ago I realised this and turned on the RG flag in my own saved Identify filter, so I get to review everything, not just the “needs ID” stuff. There will be many users that just don’t get why one would need to identify observations that are already RG, whereas I just don’t get why they wouldn’t!

I like your use case, Charlie… some people, however, will be baffled by it :)

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Is there a way to search all observations on which I have checked the box that the community ID is the best that it can be? Thank you.

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I am pretty sure these would new search capabilities. Maybe worth chiming in on
https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/ideas-for-a-revamped-explore-observations-search-page/8439

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Thank you. I did as you suggested.

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