With the decision this platform, like any concert you want to cover the new stuff and the greatest hits, so we need to get those greatest hits populated here for discussion and voting.
The proposal is to allow multiple users to be listed as observers on a single observation record.
This would cut down duplication, more accurately reflect abundance and frequency among many things.
Guidelines I would propose>
- all users on the observation be able to add media, and that media retains the license of the user who adds it
- the record itself is licensed in terms of eligible to share with GBIF etc under the license of the person who originally creates it
- additional observers to a record can only be added by the original creator of the record, this can be either at time of record creation, or through an \invite\ process for already created records
- users can not unilaterally add themselvers as an observer to a record created by another user as this would present a major issue/risk for obscured data
- only the original submitter of the record may delete it. I’m not sure how to handle retention for other observers if the original submitter deletes - some attempt to retain for them, or do they simply lose it ?
- the ‘group’ of observers can all add identifications, but in total they only count as 1 vote in the community id calculation. Maybe if a second listed observer adds an agreement, the single vote stays, but the text reflects that they too agreed ie ‘observer a and observer b suggested an id’
2 areas which will require discussion
- adding records to projects, how handled if one user allows, and another does not, which includes sharing of co-ordinates to authorized admins in old projects
- should there be a tool to allow merging of existing records (willingly or even unwillingly to deal with class projects where many pics of the same thing get submitted etc)