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Notices on Our Content (hover on each phrase): Member Protected Content  Walk Access Restrictions May Apply   

Any one can participate in species data collection for Tamborine Mountain (). With Data Collection by Mobile Apps and appropriate selection of one of our TM Data Projects, we can track data based on experience and quality of data collected. The following getting started guide is for our preferred free App from iNaturalist. Like any third party system associated with our activities, please note that each user must decide for themselves if they will use such third party services and software and to use them solely at their own risk. We can not and do not accept any responsibility for any loss incurred by their usage. Please use your mobile manufacturers approved mobile app download system.

All materials on this site are copyright protected by its author. Excluding our own non-text media, text content may be re-published with attribution to "Tamborine Mountain Natural History Association Inc www.naturalhistory.org.au" and the author if indicated for that content in the website.

  1. Use this link to read about what is iNaturalist

  2. Website Usage Introduction

    1. Like most cloud services, the user should use the cloud service's own guides and support system for user support. TMNHA does not have the resources to train people in iNaturalist usage or resolve their technical issues. TMNHA is the appropriate contact for the TMNHA Project information they create on iNaturalist and how that data will be reviewed and managed by TMNHA.

      1. iNaturalist FAQ and other Guides

      2. Posting questions to its Google Group

    2. Start by creating an account @ iNaturalist Sign Up

      1. Licensing Rights:

        1. When you join iNaturalist, you will be presented with a message || Yes, license my photos, sounds & observations so scientists can use my data! Check this box if you want to apply a Creative Commons license to your photos. You can choose a different license or remove the license later, but this is the best license for sharing with researchers.

        2. The TMNHA Project(s) is a volunteer driven unfunded Project and will rely on rights to use the content submitted without undue copyright or other restrictions. Any such restriction may mean we do not have the resources to process and use restricted data. So please consider allowing unfettered on-use of your data submissions. As a not-for-profit community association, it is not TMNHA's intention to profit from the data collected or the analysis of that data released to other like bodies. This is seen as beneficial open-source scientific research for the community and nature's benefit.

        3. We understand that professional photographers may wish to protect their income with the Creative Commons license to your photos. However, an alternative would be to only upload smaller size photos suitable only for identification and web display and not for high quality printed or electronic publishable materials. If you do restrict the commercial use then this will increase volunteer time in detailed review of photo sources for copyright restrictions for such items. TMNHA usage would only be for educational local nature community information material.

    3. Fill out your Profile @ iNaturalist

    4. Review the two key iNaturalist Data Displays of TMNHA for Tamborine Mountain

      1. Tamborine Mountain Eco-Zone which is for general use for data in our selected zone. The zone covers Tamborine Mountain Plateau, its escarpments and the lower ridge north known as Corbould Section of Tamborine National Park. These areas have all been part of detailed survey work and data collection going back many years.

      2. TMNHA Tamborine Mountain Species Data Project.

        1. Project Invitations - In the early days, ability to join this Project may depend on your species experience. However you can still submit observations on your account with a GPS reading in the Tamborine Mountain Eco-Zone which is visible in the link as a map display. Member observations can still be seen by the Project curators. Remember, you do not need to be a project member for your observations to still contribute to the project.

        2. Terms & Conditions: The Project acceptance includes standard conditions which you will be asked to accept and available for you to review.

        3. Curators: Members with known or iNaturalist data exhibited expertise may be asked to be a Curator to assist other curators in identifying data and on-line discussion of data related matters.

  3. Mobile App.

    1. Download the free iNaturalist App from Apple or Android Google Play on your mobile (best if the mobile has GPS and camera facility). If you search for the word iNaturalist in those App platforms then the correct App is the one which simply only says iNaturalist and refers you to inaturalist.org. In Google Play it has a green bird icon. There should be direct links at the bottom of many iNaturalist web pages. Some Apple users may find their mobile requests various authorisations such as for camera access.

    2. Try adding an observation - always best with at least a GPS reading and photo from your mobile device - without those items the observation can not be authenticated by species and location via the Web. The App should provide a species name search with photo thumbnails for your selection if you have a Data connection. We are looking to have a local species list available for off-line usage.

      1. First do a native species observation addition without joining the TMNHA Tamborine Mountain Species Data Project

      2. If you are a Project Member: Second do a different native species observation but this time try to add it to the TMNHA Tamborine Mountain Species Data Project. This is the last selection in the additional information list when adding an observation in the Mobile App. This will engage a more detailed set of questions which may contain both compulsory and non-compulsory responses. The answers are simple so it should not take much extra time. However, such additional data can be extremely useful for further species analysis. The extended questionnaire is our preferred method for adding an observation. It can also be very educational for the participant to learn the answers to these questions and gain a much greater understanding of our local nature. You can also add previous observations to the Project by mobile or the iNaturalist website.

    3. Review your observations @ iNaturalist. Once you login, your default home page shows your activities which includes your observations.

  4. Project - Admin, Curators and other Members

    1. Members get a far more detailed web interaction display on the Project Page at its right hand side:

    2. For Curators there are additional Project curator tools such as:

      1. Find suitable observations

      2. Find unsuitable observations

      3. Export with private coordinates

      4. Filter by curator identification

      5. Identify observations

      6. Invite people

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