@Bart C.: Bart, Map of Life (mappinglife.org) has a data manager (actually three right now, but one whose focus is connect with the community) who has the job of making this effort as painless and efficient as possible for the provider. We do need a little help from the providers to assure proper citation and link-backs. You can see the provider citation information in our Data Dashboard on the site. I hope this helps!
@Jamie McMillan: The Map of Life project is built for that exact use case. See mappinglife.org for more information. Happy to put you in touch with our data managers who can help with ingest. We don't have automated forms for that yet, but we do take credit for providing such data very seriously. You can click the data dashboard at the Map of Life site for more dataset information. I hope this helps!
@Bart C.: Hi Bart, I am one of the people helping to build Map of Life. I wanted to thank you for taking the time to learn about the project and what we hope to accomplish. I think you and Rod have done about as good job as anyone covering the aspirations of the project. Perhaps one missing piece in the discussions below regarding data types is that we see a very high value to species checklists from local area inventories. We have a fair amount of such checklist data already in Map of Life, and more data of that type will be coming.
With regards to your excellent question about our intents to work with providers, we are VERY actively seeking partnerships, which is ongoing work that we take very seriously. We are making inroads here, and our small but committed group of scientists and developers are in this for the long haul. Both myself and the lead on the project from Yale, Walter Jetz, are deeply passionate and committed to this endeavor and we both have long standing interests in biogeographical questions in places where our knowledge has the most gaps (Southern hemisphere in particular). The process with working with providers, and doing it _carefully_ so that institutions, datasets and records are well described, cited and linkable back to the source, is slow but meaningful work. We have many pragmatic plans for linkages, integration and continuing to provide value to providers, and of course to those who are interested in using Map of Life. I'd be happy to share more about this if interested.
A final note: We are definitely excited about, and have had ongoing discussions, with field-based citizen science projects. Within Map of Life itself, we have a strong interest in refining range maps based on bringing together these different sources of data. In particular, every time we overlay point occurrences and range maps, we notice inconsistencies. We will be providing soon tools for spatial editing and annotations. This is more a "classification" problem akin to citizen science efforts happening in the Zooniverse, than the field-side, but likely as important. I hope this makes sense. Questions welcome!