Description of need: At present, the DWCA taxonomy download is a taxon list without synonymies. In order to work with iNaturalist data, and in particular to deal with both iNaturalist data and other data using other taxonomies, the full iNaturalist taxonomy including synonymies would be much more useful. At present it’s difficult to get that information by other means—see recent discussion here.
Feature request details: Changing the DWCA taxonomy download—or providing an additional download and leaving that one unchanged, I suppose—that corresponds to an “active=any” rather than “active=true” query and includes the “synonym_id” field would resolve the issue.
It could also be done more efficiently by me typing the tags correctly… accidentally writing “active” rather than “is_active” means I was actually just downloading the same data as in the DWCA file. Ho hum. Doing it correctly I end up with 65 downloads.
Also, for what it’s worth, that URL was merely illustrative—there isn’t a single iNaturalist taxon that corresponds with “land plants” a.k.a. Embryophyta, rather it would be at the highest level this set:
I am working through a database. The selection is lichenized and lichenophilic fungi. This is a scattered group in the Fungi kingdom. The SQL script allows me to get rid of the taxon ID search, tracking of the number of returned results.
So, yes. Importing synonyms into the taxonomic tree is a good idea.
Probably a dumb question, but how would one connect the inactive synonyms with the active taxon? Typically there is an active taxon field or something similar with lists of synonyms, that can be used to link the two.