iNaturalist Annotation Effort

This post was created so that iNaturalist Annotation Effort members have a place to post their progress on certain taxa, and so that the project members have a place to effectively communicate.

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To which extent can the ai, computer vision assist in distinguish annotations e.g. “road kill”, “imago”, “Larve”, “Caterpillar”?, “juveniel”, “adult” “male” “female”

(this project will help/ assist in the goal)

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Sex annotation : I think CV might be able to do sex annotation in species with high amounts of sexual dimorphism. But with species that have little or no sexual dimorphism i think it would be impossible for the CV to annotate correctly.

Life stage : Most species you can easily do life stage annotations, for example moths is (egg - larva (caterpillar) - moth). With those types of species i think CV could be very useful, as life stage annotations take up time that could be used for other annotations.

Plant phenology : Most plant species that i have encountered are easy to determine if it is flowering, fruiting, flower budding or no evidence of flowering so in these species i think CV could be very useful.

Summary : CV would be useful in “easy” species, but in “harder” species it would quickly become useless.

Note 1 : identifiers would have to “train” the CV with atleast a few hundred observations so that it can reliably annotate.

Note 2 : even if the CV only can annotate easy species, it would save a lot of time for annotators to focus on harder species.

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Arge Moth (Apantesis Arge) annotations complete!

The iNaturalist Annotation Effort has finished its first moth species today! the species is called “Arge Moth” and it has 984 observations on iNat.

Results :
Arge moths are most frequently observed in May
There is roughly 10x more adult observations then larva observations
Doris tiger moths are sometimes misidentified as Arge moth

Stats :

Adult : 894
Larva : 85
Misidentifications found : 13
Annotation time : 2 days (This means we finished all Arge moth observations 2 days after we started the species)
User(s) on species : 1

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I’ve been thinking recently about how important and useful annotation is… and I was wondering whether it would be possible to list annotators the way we list observers and identifiers?

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From what i know of iNaturalist, there is no way currently to list annotators the way we list observers and identifiers

However, you can put a feature request in if you want.

I put it in feature requests.

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a old feature request on using the CV to annotate:
https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/use-computer-vision-to-annotate-observations/3331

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https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/use-computer-vision-to-annotate-observations/3331/20

We could certainly train a computer vision model to predict annotations like life stage rather than species. But remember to train the model, we’ll still need lots of training data so the more life stage annotations you can add the better the model will be

Bulk Selection of Observations to Add to a Project - Feature Requests - iNaturalist Community Forum

https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/use-computer-vision-to-annotate-observations/3331/43

https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/use-computer-vision-to-annotate-observations/3331/20

We could certainly train a computer vision model to predict annotations like life stage rather than species. But remember to train the model, we’ll still need lots of training data so the more life stage annotations you can add the better the model will be

https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/new-computer-vision-model-released/24729/33

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Instead of quoting me and editing the words, quote from the right person - The first quote is from a staff member called loarie the second quote is from tiwane.

You can quote from another forum thread and putting it here by copy pasting the quote.

see the /20 on hospers link? That goes straight to loarie’s comment.

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There is an existing feature request for this (or at least similar) that can be voted on:
https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/add-annotations-tab-on-profile-page/24964

Changing Project Priorities
  • Yes
  • No

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Should we change the iNaturalist Annotation Effort’s goal from “Annotating entire species” to “Educating people on annotating, misidentifications, etc”

This would mean instead of focusing entirely on annotating, we will try to educate people on how to identify and correct misidentifications in similar species, and we will also try to educate people on the importance of annotating.

We would still be annotating, but the project would be leaning towards education.

We will also rename the project to “iNaturalist Annotation & Education” if project priorities are changed

Edit : Poll is closed, Project priorities have changed and the project is renamed to “iNaturalist Annotation & Education”

If you do rename I would spell out
Annotation & Education.
You know what your A and E are, but each new person won’t.
PS you can drop ‘project’ tho.

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