Siphoning off specific data

If I wanted to gather data for a specific family, but only that which had been confirmed by a specific identifier, could I do that through a project ? …or would i need to use the API ? …or is there some other way…?


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the best approach depends on how much data there is, which fields you need, and how you plan to use the data. i’m not aware of an easy way to accomplish this through a project (because of the specific identifier), but you could start with a simple Explore page query like this: from there, you could export a CSV file, or do an API query, or maybe something else… it just depends on what you need.


A collection project would work. But maybe this could work too, depending on what you want to use it for: all observations of family syrphidae, identified by you:

You can edit the URL with different users and taxa. You’d have to find the taxon IDs for the taxon you’re interested in. You’ll find the taxon ID in the URL of the taxon page, in the case of the hover flies it’s this:

edit: well huh, @pisum was faster. So let me save face by adding that this thread is helpful for things you can do with URLs:


it should also be noted that the answers above sort of assume that the identifier’s id and the community / observation ID match. but if it’s likely that they won’t, the better answer might be to look for specific identifications, as opposed to observations. so you could either use or the API (!/Identifications/get_identifications, or indirectly via something like .) again, the best approach just depends on what you’re trying to accomplish.


Nice, thanks @pisum and @schoenitz !

Seems simple enough.
I could also just tick to download the IDs provided by the identifier and scrap the community ID which I didn´t realise. Very useful.


If you wanted to make a specific project with all of the members of …idae or …aceae, you would have to make a project that tracks all of the observations of that family, and if you wanted to exclude …inae or …oideae, you could put the exclude function to solve that problem

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