There have been many comments related to the frustrations of data users who cannot simply download annotations. However, iNat’s fields have been an important source of data for many, and they are very easy to download. Given that the ability to download annotations has been discussed elsewhere on this forum, and is apparently a non-starter, I’d like to propose another solution.
Currrently, several annotation values are populated by direct entry, or by a link to specific field entires. For example, the field Insect Life Stage populates the similarly named Life Stage annotation, the field Dead or Alive populates the annotation Alive or Dead. Given that only fields are available as download, populating fields seems to be the best option, therefore I’d like to suggest reversing the data flow and populating select fields with annotation values.
The annotation-to-field mapping has already be determined with the workflow from fields to annotations so, hopefully, the issue should be be technical, not definitional.
One possible critique of this may be that, as in the the case of Alive or Dead, many fields populate a single annotation, for example:
However, the answer to this is to populate the field that current has the largest number of entries as the implies the higher level of common usage.