Topic: Using Gateway to refuse verification offers from National Schemes
That seems to be what most of you are doing.
Today I received all the responses made by LRCs through the NBN Gateway response system to a 2 person NSS which had made requests for improved access to your Diptera datasets.
There are worldwide only around 10 experts able to verify records from this specialist group (Chloropidae) and many LRCs have just turned down the offer from 2 of them to verify the records you've posted onto the NBN Gateway.
If the Gateway was being set up afresh today then it would be totally open access and you either uploaded it for all to see (restrictions only based on species status and sensitivity) or you kept it to yourselves (that was what Stuart Ball said to me; makes sense).
It was LRCs who asked for these controls, it's the price of conserving business models.
(I know, I know, an hour spent chatting to a JNCC friend and I'm all anti-LRCish and then an hour spent chatting to LRC friends and I'm all anti-JNCCish - my compromise is to give everyone earache)
So when people talk at NBN conferences about NSSs complaining about junk data uploaded by LRCs then they do rather have a point if LRCs are refusing to allow experts to make attempts to fix this. Paula Lightfoot just gave a Gateway presentation to the Dipterists Forum schemes (there are 18 of them so the other 17 will follow eventually) telling them all how the Gateway controls work - so they're all well informed about how to set about it now, BRC set up this meeting and they've already done the Riverflies and Coleoptera and presumably will be meeting up with the same sort of approach to all the other NSSs - so expect this trickle to turn into a flood. All the NSSs should be listed on the CEH website.
Small NSSs struggle, 60 LRCs cannot expect such NSSs to approach them all directly with requests for sufficient detail to be able to verify records on the NBN Gateway, as the Chloropidae schemes organisers said "we can only verify data if it is in bulk from the NBNG and gets centrally distributed by others, which is what we tried out - and it looks as if we failed".
If the fact that they are also consultants throws you, most of them have to earn a crust as well as spending a vast amount of voluntary time on training others, taxonomy, managing records, verification and so on.
Tom Hunt and I are in possession of all 23 responses that this NSS have received and are looking at a fix.