Dear iNaturalist people,
I am a researcher at the University of Cambridge. I am actually a particle physicist, not a naturalist, but for reasons I won’t go into (unless you want to hear them!) I would very much like to make a dataset (to be used used for research not commercial purposes) consisting of:
all images iNaturalist has of gastropods, (provided the image licenses would allow me to use these image for academic purposes), together with (ideally)
the taxonomy metadata data associated with the species shown in the image, and
any common name or image title that happens to be associated with the image, if there is one.
Rather than attempt to scrape this content from the iNaturalist website, I thought I should write to the site first, to see if there are preferred ways of doing a bulk download or bulk downloads. I only wrote to the site ~24 hours ago, so there is no reason I should have received a reply yet, but I also wrote to a fairly generic “help@iNaturalist.org” address that may get lots of spam, so I’m re-posting here in case the last place I wrote was not the best destination.
Does anyone on this forum know if there are preferred ways of doing bulk downloads? Or whom on the site I should write to to get a human?
[ Although I only want gastropod pictures, if it were easier from the point of view of the people administering the site, I would not object to downloading everything and then writing some scripts to extract the gastropods from within it – say. Though I presume there are better ways … ]