I'm currently working on the University of Cambridge Biodiversity Action Plan and we're discussing how we could most efficiently collect species data from the University estate in future. The University is keen to create a distinct 'project', akin to the NatHistCam project run by the Cambridge Natural History Society.
One possibility would be to create a project-specific recording form on iRecord. However, I gather that iRecord verifiers aren't able to access records in projects. Is this still the case, and if so, are there any plans to make projects visible to verifiers?
Another possibility would be to create a project-specific recording form hosted by the local records centre (CPERC in our case) as NatHistCam did. However, there might also be some issues of verification here too. I gather that CPERC aims to share its data with iRecord to obtain verifications. Currently, it appears that some data is being shared but a lot still isn't. This might vary depending on taxonomic group. I gather that there are conflicts between the systems used by the two databases (e.g. taxonomic nomenclature?) that makes sharing difficult, but I don't know much detail on this. Does anyone know more about the barriers associated with iRecord and county record centres sharing their data? However, CPERC does have its own system for validation and verification. At least for some taxonomic groups, CPERC periodically (I think usually annually) sends data to (presumably mostly Cambridgeshire-based) experts for verification. I'm unsure how many experts CPERC has 'access' to, though - some taxonomic groups might be neglected - and it sounds as though verification could be relatively slow compared to iRecord in any case.
What advice would iRecord give to landowners such as the University of Cambridge in establishing a recording project, particularly in relation to whether iRecord or the records centre 'hosts' the project and how record verification can be obtained?
On a separate note, if the University established a recording project within iRecord, would it possible to set up recording 'compartments', e.g. as it is possible to do in the RSPB's Merlin mapping tool, that could then be selected as the location when inputting species records? E.g. a species could have a grid reference but also be associated with Compartment 4, which is a particular field, say.