The Status tab on the Taxon pages currently appears to be the best available portal to curate Establishment Means (Introduced/Native/Endemic) for multiple places. But it needs more functionality.
Currently it displays only the first 100 places with Establishment Means set for that taxon, starting with Countries, then the next lower Administrative level, then the next level, alphabetic within each. Non-standard places work into that sequence somewhere too…
Species that are widely introduced outside of their native ranges tend to be in many more than 100 place checklists, and are likely to be flagged more because of this and the greater potential for incorrect establishment means settings. But right now we can’t see more than those first 100 on the status tab.
- Add basic filtering options to this section of the tab, or in a linked window. (Maybe do this for the Conservation Status section too, if needed). Allow filtering by:
a. establishment means (unknown/native/endemic/introduced/any/none). None = not in list for a place and/or its descendants if selected – see below. “None” would have no effect unless a place type and/or place is also selected.
b. place type (standard-administrative / standard-other / community-ad-hoc) - or whatever the right categories are…
c. specific place.
d. checkbox options to show/hide 1st/2nd/3rd level descendant places in b and/or c above.
e. display nnn filter results per page, and provide for paging through longer results. Maintain the current links to Source List and Details (listed taxon) in the results display.
Since it is curated in the same location, also consider filtering by
f. Occurrence Status (unknown/present/common/uncommon/irregular/doubtful/absent/any/none)
PIE IN THE SKY suggestions (for curators, at least):
Allow direct editing of establishment means and occurrence status from the filter results, without having to visit each individual place-checklist entry. Include appropriate curator-only controls, and a box to enter comments (which would still be stored with the checklist entry).
Allow batch editing of establishment means and occurrence status from the list of filter results.
With these improvements in place, consider restricting all access to editing establishment means and occurrence status to curators only, to encourage more circumspection and discussion when making changes to these values, since they are high-visibility on other pages in iNaturalist.
What else would help…? Or am I missing better existing curation options?