Implement "taxonomic view" for observations search page


At the moment, the observations page allows for map, grid and list views. If one wants to show the relations between the taxa included in the observation search, the only method to achieve this is to prepare (manually) a list with these taxa.

As per statements of inaturalist staff on the google group, lists are a legacy feature and low priority.

I’d like therefore to request that the taxonomic view is implemented for as well.


New user - is there not an option for saved locations, and why aren't my observations showing in my life list?
Visualize lists as a tree of life for each user/place/project/etc

I agree. This would be really useful for projects as well: the species list are currently sorted by most observed first, which can be a pain if you just want to quickly get an idea of f.e. all the mammal species in the area.



I would like this as well, although I have used my votes for other things.
There are some posts on the Google Group requesting this. I think they are waiting to completely redo the Explore/observation page/filters or something like that?

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Are you requesting that this view
has a “taxonomic order” in addition to the “most observed” view.

So on the species tab you want the choice of two sequence options?



Yes. This is inspired by the taxonomic view available in project lists:

Since lists are all but unsupported at this point, and the “reload from obs.” button has disappeared (at least for me, I guess), it is difficult to see the taxonomic tree for a specific location, or in a project. The species list in the observation search page you linked seems the logical place for having a taxonomic view.



I would like to have any upcoming taxonomic sort feature to be something along the lines of Guides (or something better) so that we can drill down the taxonomic hierarchy as an identification tool. For example, using a Guide such as this one, I can quickly browse each of the taxonomic groups that I think an unknown specimen might be in, looking for a match or something similar. It’s a great way to become more familiar with the hierarchical structure of biodiversity and a very good way to go about identifying unknown specimens. But it requires a Guide to be able to do this–and they’re no longer supported and take a long while to create for the region of interest. I think the inability to view observations in a taxonomic hierarchy is a huge gaping hole in iNaturalist’s feature list.

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Just an FYI that we plan on rewriting the Explore page from the ground up in the next year, so any major changes will not be added until that happens. We’ve added this as a feature to consider for the rewrite.



Thank you for the update. Anything that makes the Explore page more systematic will be useful.



Anything else we could potentially see from this update?



We’re not sure yet. The issue is that the Explore page is written in a type of code we have chosen to not use for the rest of the site, so it has to be rewritten in different code from the ground up, and when we do that we’ll look at ways to improve it, including this one. And we’re keeping a list of requests and ides. Will take some time, though.