Issue 18618

Issues with the updated NatureServe dataset

Reporter: kylecopas
Assignee: jlegind
Type: Feedback
Summary: Issues with the updated NatureServe dataset
Status: InProgress
Created: 2016-06-29 15:09:24.246
Updated: 2016-07-04 14:32:18.999
Description: Okay, so a closer look calls a few items to my attention.

1. Are we double counting this dataset? It's not a precise factor of 2, but the source IPT has 929,144 records ( while our index shows 1,864,180.

2. They're running an old IPT, so they've set the license to the unsupportable BY-NC-SA. We ought to flag this for them ahead of the final licensing implementation/updates.

3. Aside from the potential duplication, the majority of these records are identified as 'unknown' basis of record. I don't think that's strictly the case.

4. Is there a better way to suggest they attribute the actual sources of these data from their network? They're using 'collectionCode'—e.g.,, where IL-NHP, which translates to the Illinois Natural Heritage Program. The chain of provenance gets pretty murky using this method.

5. NEW: Default citation provided is two-plus years out of date: 'NatureServe Central Databases (accessed through GBIF data portal,, [DATE])'

I'd like to use this as an opportunity to engage my former colleagues and improve the quality of the data that's provided, if possible. ]]>

Comment: Publisher contacted regarding duplication. The issue was changes to the record identifier.
Created: 2016-07-01 15:42:40.605
Updated: 2016-07-01 15:42:40.605

Comment: Publisher contacted regarding the other items.
Created: 2016-07-04 14:32:18.999
Updated: 2016-07-04 14:32:18.999