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Any one can participate in 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.

Data Quality

We are eager to promote quality data collection but we also realise that important data can be discovered by inexperienced participants. One or more data Curator(s) will review your data for its allocation to data sets where it is most suitable.

Please make your best effort to identify the species yourself. See our Help for Species Identification. If you have no idea what species it is then you can choose "Unknown". However, we are not offering a free Species Identification Service due to limitations of volunteer support time. If they have time, our curators may review unknowns and identify a species observation if they consider it important to the databases.

Where we do not have a a curator for a particular species type, it remains critical that we collect your best effort identified data so that it remains available for when expert curation can be arranged at a later date. Please do not feel left out if your data has not been elevated to an expert data collection. All data can be meaninful now or in the future to interpret trends and possibilities of important speceis information for Tamborine Mountain.

Curation

There are many types of Species with different species expertise needed for each species type. We also need experts in those species types to assist in curation of data collections. We already have a number curators but can always use more expert volunteers.

By using the iNaturalist web system we can use multiple curatos where needed to verify and set authority for data collected no matter where the curator lives. We are building a list of curators living in Tamborine Mountain as well as elsewhere in Australia or the World according to their expertise relevant to species on Tamborine Mountain.

Of course, each and every curator we use also deserves recognition for their volunteer contribution to validateing and assignment of data collections. With their permission, we will publish and update information on their contributions.

Your Participation

Wheteher you participate as an Observer or a Curator, your contribution is important! .

As we stated above, 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. You may find you will use one or more Apps on one or more Data Projects.

STEPS to get involved and learn:

  1. Selecting a Mobile App

  2. Selecting a Data Project with your App

  3. Enthusiasts with some species identification expertise can email request to join the TMNHA iNaturalist Tamborine Mountain Project
  4. Get out into local Nature and find some Species. Happy explorations!

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