Georeferencing is the process of assigning coordinates to generally textual descriptions of occurrence localities (e.g., the location where a specimen was collected). Some helpful resource about georeferencing can be found on the iDigBio website. Symbiota includes several tools for facilitating this process:

  • Google Maps tool: view a Google Map, place a point on the occurrence location, and assign an error radius
  • GEOLocate tool: view a map (many layers available, including USGS Topo Maps, Open Street Maps, Bing Maps, and Google Maps), view auto-generated potential georeference points, edit point location and error radius
  • Coordinate cloning tool: search for records with similar or identical locality information and import any coordinates associated with that locality
  • Duplicate specimen/locality data import: search for records with identical or similar collector information or locality information and import any coordinates associated with the duplicate’s locality
  • Batch georeferencing: use the Google Maps, GEOLocate, and coordinate cloning tool in batch for a collection of specimens with similar/identical locality descriptions
  • Integration with GEOLocate Collaborative Georeferencing (CoGe): export records to GEOLocate CoGe to be collaboratively georeferenced using the GEOLocate web client
Cite this page:

Katie Pearson. Georeferencing. In: Symbiota Support Hub (2021). Symbiota Documentation. Created on 16 Nov 2021.