Data Usage in the Red List


How the data will be used

 

All data provided during the assessment process will be included in the published Red List assessment for the species involved, unless experts specifically ask for this data not to be included. Red List data itself is widely used in academic analysis, and data is collected for and compiled within accounts with the understanding that IUCN will be able to incorporate the resulting assessments into such analyses as biogeographical studies and identification of areas of high threat status for the taxonomic group and region of interest.

Some data provided for Red List accounts may be time-sensitive, for example if it is from a paper presently in press that the author would prefer be published prior to the Red List account, or if it reflects a species description currently in progress. In these cases, and a Red List update is expected before publication goes ahead, the author can request that the assessment be withheld from publication until their work is published in an academic source.

 

Important note: While it is anticipated that the Reptile Assessment Forum will be used primarily by interested specialists and by SSC staff, it is powered by the iNaturalist citizen-science initiative and uses the same login system as this open-access website. The forum is therefore not a secure means for contributing confidential or time-sensitive data. Please directly contact the relevant Red List Authority Coordinator, or an SSC staff member involved in the assessment of the species in question, with any data you wish to remain confidential.

 

Distribution maps

 

IUCN species distribution maps are widely-used, and every effort is made to ensure that these are as accurate as possible in the absence (typically) of exhaustive locality data. This is important for both analysis and conservation management and monitoring, however due to the nature of threats to biodiversity a high level of precision can itself be of conservation concern. This may be the case for restricted-range populations or species with a small number of surviving populations that are of commercial interest. IUCN has measures in place to flag species maps as data sensitive and to withhold publication of maps on this basis. Again, if data provided for an account may be sensitive in this way, please communicate directly with SSC staff rather than posting it on the forum.

 

 Photographs

 

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There is increasing interest in increasing the photographic coverage of the Red List, particularly for species that have no associated images. As the experts invited to workshops and to participate in the Reptile Assessment Forum tend to be the people with most personal experience with these species in their natural habitats, they naturally represent the primary source SSC staff approach for photographs. In addition to use on the Red List website, SSC staff may solicit or seek permission to use photographs in electronic or hard copies of IUCN reports, reports to donors, press releases and/or academic publications.

When soliciting photographs, SSC staff should make it clear that the images are to be used on the Red List website and/or the other uses mentioned above (as appropriate for the use being requested); alternatively the photographer can sign the attached form  [Link to IUCN image copyright permissions form] providing specific details of the uses for which they are willing to provide permission.

Use of images for purposes not explicitly agreed in correspondence should be requested separately and approved in writing by the photographer.

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