Data submitted to the NBN Atlas require information on the identification verification status of each occurrence record. Optionally, the data provider can supply details on the georeference verification of records as well.

For each record, the NBN Atlas requires:

identificationVerificationStatus: the extent to which the taxonomic identification has been verified to be correct.

Optionally, the data provider can supply:

georeferenceVerificationStatus: the extent to which the capture resolution georeference has been verified to represent the best possible spatial description. The resolution on the NBN Atlas may be at a lower resolution than the capture resolution.

The options are Accepted, Accepted – correct, Accepted – considered correct, Unconfirmed, Unconfirmed – plausible or Unconfirmed – not reviewed.

Accepted The record is accepted as meeting the standard required for inclusion by the recording scheme or project in question
Accepted – correct The verifier is able to confirm that the species has been identified correctly
Accepted – considered correct The verifier has not seen photo/s or specimen/s, but has a high degree of confidence that the record is likely to be correct, based on difficulty of ID, date, location and recorder skills/experience etc.
Unconfirmed The record is in the system but has not been given a verification status. If possible, we would prefer that this option is not used and that either Unconfirmed – plausible or Unconfirmed – not reviewed is selected.
Unconfirmed – plausible The record is plausible based on species, date and location, but there is not enough supporting evidence for the possibility of mis-identification or incorrect location to be ruled out.
Unconfirmed – not reviewed The record is in the system, but has either not been looked at, or a verification decision not yet been reached