Which ID of an observation is exported to GBIF?

@tiwane can you speak to the non-Explore aspects of this request? E.g. Identify, place checklists, and for me the big one is exports to GBIF. For example, in the screenshot below, you can see the observation has two IDs: one for Quercus agrifolia and one for genus Quercus. The community taxon says genus Quercus, but the observation taxon is Quercus agrifolia with the research grade banner next to it. This should be in GBIF at the genus level, but it’s actually exported at the species level. I guess I’m not sure whether a fix to Explore will necessarily solve this part of the problem.




The identification we share with data partners is the community identification

This isn’t true. Either the community taxon should be shared (as requested above), or the text should be changed.


This seems an important oversight, even a bug, that could undermine ID accuracy of observations going to GBIF. Perhaps warrants a separate topic, or a bug report, as this is not expected behaviour?

Well the “About community taxa” pop-up on observation pages used to also claim the community taxon was getting shared with data partners, but then it was “corrected” in May 2019 (just after the first post in this thread) to say observation taxon.


Pre-May 2019:

I think this indicates staff are definitely aware of the issue, and they either don’t consider it a bug or don’t have time to make the difficult change (export CID) and so would prefer to do the simple change (alter text).

So I totally agree this is not expected behavior, but I doubt a bug report or new topic will provide an additional push for change.

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The Account Settings page will be redone soon (within weeks) and will have amended text.

If the observer does opt out of CID, the observation won’t reach research grade unless the community agrees with the observer, meaning that GBIF should basically never get the observation because we only export research grade observations for GBIF.

(splitting this from a feature request)

This should only affect a small minority of observations. But I agree that because only research grade observations are exported to GBIF, and research grade is based on community ID, community ID should be what’s exported. I’ll see if it’s a change we can make.

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Great, thank you @tiwane!

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