iNaturalist Updates for January 2023

Here’s a list of iNat updates for January 2023 - thank you, @forum_moderators, for helping track these.



  • Added licensing text to observation page of RG observations that have restricted licensing.


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  • Released version 1.28.10 (563). Fixes bugs with email verification, sound reordering, and log file creation


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  • No new release


  • Released January challenge

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For even more bug fixes and updates, check out iNaturalist on github and see previous monthly updates.


The licensing text addition is helpful, as it’s a confusing topic for many who participate on iNaturalist.

It would be useful to have a full-fledged & separate help page to explain licensing options and effects, especially since licensing is rather multilayered, with photos, sounds, and observations each possessing separate licenses, plus the matter of how observations can be modified from a given default setting. An explanation of that, focusing on how licensing one’s data can help to enrich biodiversity & conservation research, might encourage more people to open up their data.

Currently some details are in the FAQ, but it doesn’t offer a cohesive & compelling story, nor does it fully explain how each of the different licenses interact with uploading to GBIF.



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