Issue 17792

'No license given' on photo from iNat observation?

Reporter: kylecopas
Assignee: mdoering
Type: Feedback
Summary: 'No license given' on photo from iNat observation?
Resolution: Fixed
Status: Closed
Created: 2015-09-09 08:19:05.668
Updated: 2015-09-23 18:12:03.609
Resolved: 2015-09-23 18:12:03.498
Description: Discovered after our 12-year-old actually asked me about 'the GBIF website'.

iNaturalist Observation from just a few weeks ago ( has a photo with the statement 'no license given'. My settings in iNat are that photos are CC BY (although observations are CC0), so I was surprised to see this. Are we missing the licence declaration, or is it something in the iNat API and/or data refresh?]]>

Created: 2015-09-09 09:44:40.427
Updated: 2015-09-09 09:44:40.427
This is because iNat uses a very simple way of publishing images to us. They should use the proper multimedia extension that can carry the copyright, title, creator and other properties for every image. But instead they just publish the image URL to us like this:



Someone needs to approach them and ask for an improved dwc archive mapping. []?

Author: kylecopas
Created: 2015-09-09 09:57:37.153
Updated: 2015-09-09 09:57:37.153
Thanks, Markus! Thought the answer could be something like that.

Interesting that iNat must send us enough DwC to work when filtering for occurrences with multimedia—I would’ve thought it might preclude that.

Either way, though, I’ll flag it for Donald, too, given his level of engagement with iNat and its discussion forum.

Comment: The solution is straight forward and not that difficult. Let me quickly write to them and see if they have small resources to address it
Created: 2015-09-09 11:11:42.827
Updated: 2015-09-09 11:11:42.827

Comment: Posted to!topic/inaturalist/hhhAuriGzlY
Created: 2015-09-09 11:48:12.58
Updated: 2015-09-10 09:25:35.075

Author: kylecopas
Comment: saw that—thanks. Just hope they don't connect my user id to the 'complaint'!
Created: 2015-09-10 09:36:47.07
Updated: 2015-09-10 09:36:47.07

Comment: seems to be worked on already:
Created: 2015-09-15 12:06:48.762
Updated: 2015-09-15 12:06:48.762

Comment: The image extension is available in their registered dwca already, we just need to reindex them!
Created: 2015-09-23 18:11:42.234
Updated: 2015-09-23 18:11:42.234