Project is showing observations outside of the boundary

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Step 1: We established a traditional project called “SuperProject 4” to collect observations within a particular place, the “SuperProject 4 Boundary”. The project was by invitation only, and had members begin adding observations, but the project is collecting observations by those members that are outside of the boundary.

Step 2: The “SuperProject 4 Boundary” seems to work (imperfectly) as a filter, but also says “UNKNOWN”

Step 3: When we use the filter, some qualifying observations are not included in the project.

Traditional projects allow you to associate a project with a place separate from requiring observations to come from that place. If you want to require observations to come from that place, you need to add the place as an Observation Rule.

By the way, if you’re just trying to get all the observations from specific observers within the SP4 boundary, a Collection Project is probably a simpler way to do it. If you think you might be interested in that, you can preview what your project would look like as a Collection Project from the Edit Project screen.

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Thank you for the advice. I tried the change to observation rules that you suggested, but it still looks like the project has observations that are out of bounds. I am wondering if that “unknown” is part of my problem.

The Observation Rule isn’t “backwards compatible” – it won’t kick out observations already in the project. To manually remove them, you can Find Unsuitable Observations.


The “unknown” here is just the place type, it isn’t related to the issue.

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Ah, got it. Thank you so much for your help!

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