Relevance of iNat data in research

Hi everyone, I thought some of you might be interested in this recently published paper, which didn’t test iNat data directly, but similar data sets vis-a-vis traditional data sources:



Searching published articles for location information might not be the most exhaustive method for an “old school” vs “new school” comparison. A search through museum specimen collections would be a better test. A literature search would probably only be complete if it included a recent revision of the taxa. While many collections are digitizing their holdings, many have not. Makes it hard to gather data from the comfort of your office.

Museums, research collections , and herbaria usually have a specimen records that have not been part of a published article. That’s actually their purpose: to house specimens until enough records exist for meaningful analysis or a willing researcher come along or both.

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