Funding, Infrastructure costs, Images on Amazon

Thanks for your thoughtful consideration of the kinds of nonprofits you support.

For the last three years, iNaturalist has been almost entirely grant funded from individual philanthropists (many with a long history of philanthropy through the California Academy of Sciences), the National Geographic Society, foundations such as the Moore Foundation, and tech companies such as Microsoft through their tAI for Earth initiative, and Google through their tGeo for Good initiative. We also have some project-based funding like the funds we received from the World Wildlife Fund to develop Seek 2.0.

While individual donations from the iNaturalist community currently constitute a small percentage of our overall revenue, we’d love to see that percentage grow. The more sustaining donors we have, the less time we and the development team at CAS have to spend wondering how to meet the next year’s budget requirements.

As a department of the California Academy of Sciences, 15% of additional funds we bring in go toward overhead for CalAcademy, and this includes individual donations. In addition to financial support, they provide office space, legal services, accounting, communications support, and other functions, so the overhead is a way that iNaturalist pays into those costs shared across the institution. The remaining 85% stays within the department to cover staff and operational expenses, like paying Discourse to host this forum, or paying Amazon for image hosting.

The single largest expense for iNaturalist is personnel. iNaturalist has 8 full-time staff in the USA (6 in the Bay Area, 2 remote on the East Coast) and one contractor.

For the CalAcademy fiscal year July 2018 - June 2019, iNaturalist spent $174,000 on infrastructure and miscellaneous expenses. These are the non-personnel related expenses. Like almost everything else about iNaturalist (e.g. users, data, traffic)—except the number of staff— these costs are almost doubling each year.

Donating to iNaturalist 1 (or not) is of course a personal choice. We hope this helps inform your decision. We understand that users have different means and appreciate all of the many ways that people support iNaturalist, financial or otherwise.

Posted by ahospers ahospers, November 16, 2019 21:36

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iNaturalist has had 635,000 users active in 2019 with just 8 full-time staff. That’s 79,000 users per staff member! Can you help us grow?
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NO LOCATIONS
NO COORDINATES
for this user, filtering on verifiable=false gives me more or less what I want, but conflates these with any Data Quality criteria, not just missing coordinates.
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&subview=grid&user_id=ahospers&verifiable=false 1

This is slightly better as it’ll exclude captive=true and species = human:

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?quality_grade=casual&captive=false&photos=true&order_by=random&without_taxon_id=43584&user_id=dineo_dibakwane

This comes from Ways to help out on iNat - wiki:
“Help fix casual grade observations 1 by informing the observer that the date or location is missing”
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?quality_grade=casual&order_by=random&captive=false&photos=true&without_taxon_id=43584&user_id=18823&place_id=any

https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/how-to-use-inaturalists-search-urls-wiki/63/190

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?acc=false&place_id=any&subview=table&user_id=ahospers

Posted by ahospers 7 months ago (Flag)
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Find observations missing a location
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?quality_grade=any&place_id=any&not_in_place=91708,97391&user_id=ahospers&verifiable=any works!

NO LOCATIONS
NO COORDINATES
for this user, filtering on verifiable=false gives me more or less what I want, but conflates these with any Data Quality criteria, not just missing coordinates.
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&subview=grid&user_id=ahospers&verifiable=false 1

This is slightly better as it’ll exclude captive=true and species = human:

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?quality_grade=casual&captive=false&photos=true&order_by=random&without_taxon_id=43584&user_id=dineo_dibakwane

This comes from Ways to help out on iNat - wiki:
“Help fix casual grade observations 1 by informing the observer that the date or location is missing”
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?quality_grade=casual&order_by=random&captive=false&photos=true&without_taxon_id=43584&user_id=18823&place_id=any

https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/how-to-use-inaturalists-search-urls-wiki/63/190

My Unknowns
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?iconic_taxa=unknown&page=28&place_id=any&reviewed=any&subview=grid&user_id=ahospers&verifiable=any
My Unknowns
Je kunt ze ook vinden door naar "your observations" te gaan en dan bij filters de "unknown" filter aan te zetten. Dan zie je alles waar geen soort naam bij staa
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?iconic_taxa=unknown&user_id=ahospers
UNKNOWN SouthAfrica TonyReblo (why page4?)
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?iconic_taxa=unknown&page=4&place_id=113055&reviewed=any&subview=grid&user_id=ahospers&verifiable=any

SEARCH own Identifications
https://www.inaturalist.org/identifications?user_id=juliereid 3

Other parameters you can add:

&taxon_id=1234
&category=maverick|supporting|improving|leading Default: any
&current=false|any Default: true
&for=self|others|any Default: any

No coordinates and you have other obs from the same day and all those obs from that day HAVE TIMES appending ?interpolate_coordinates=true to the edit observation URL (the URL you’re at when you’re editing an obs, e.g. https://www.inaturlaist.org/observations/edit?interpolate_coordinates=true) will fill in coordinates based on a time-weighted average of the nearest observations in time.

A nitpick: is the central filter a Location filter (using google places) or a Place filter (using user-created iNat polygons) or both? It would help if the terminology was standardized with the observations pages and its filters.

link for creating a traditional project: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/new_traditional

Posted by ahospers 7 months ago (Flag)

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