Observation location details

Submitted by David Pickens on


When I first started using iRecord the location of the observation would be generated when the photo was uploaded on the recording page. 

After a while this feature stopped working so I resorted to copying the photo location details from the metadata and pasting into the "Enter a spatial reference" box, then, by clicking on the "Location" box, the co-ordinates would be recognised and the location generated automatically.

However, just in the last month or so this method has also stopped working; meaning that I can no longer accurately assign a location to an observation.

For context, I use the iRecord website on a chromebook, and, as far as I remember, have never changed any settings.

I was going to try the iRecord app to see if this would resolve the issue but apparently it "isn't available on Google Play on this device".

Any help would be gratefully received.

Thank you.


Submitted by James Emerson on Mon, 05/02/2024 - 20:10


This might be a silly question, but was it definitely iRecord? I've used the website for a long time and never had the location generate from the photo, it's always been a case of going down and manually filling in both the site name and grid reference fields. I do believe that iNaturalist generates locations direct from photos though. So if you have used both sites in the past, could it be that you are remembering the functionality of iNaturalist instead?

Submitted by iRecord support 3 on Tue, 06/02/2024 - 11:44


James is correct that it has never been the case that an uploaded photo's location was automatically extracted into the sample spatial ref on iRecord. Depending on what format your location metadata is in, you should be able to copy and paste into the 'enter a spatial reference' field, provided you select the correct spatial reference type form the dropdown below (i.e. WGS84 decimal lat, long).

Submitted by David Pickens on Tue, 06/02/2024 - 15:57


James Emerson and iRecord Support,

Thank you for your feedback.

Regarding iNaturalist; I seem to remember using this very briefly some years ago, but haven't used it since. The vast majority of my records go to iRecord, (I may use other recording platforms, such as Spawn Survey, but this is minimal). It must be the case that I have not remembered the location generated from photos correctly.

With that said, I have a few thousand records on iRecord, so the issue of not being able to generate a location, however that may be done, is new to me.

For example: I have been recording today. I took a location from a photo - 53°58'47.0"N 2°04'48.3"W, pasted it into the "Enter a spatial reference" box under "WGS84 (decimal lat, long)", and clicked on the "Location" box, which I believe should take me to the spot where the observation was, but it doesn't. 

If this isn't the correct way to do this, please could you advise?

Thank you.

Submitted by David Pickens on Tue, 06/02/2024 - 16:16


Issue resolved.

I have just realised that the co-ordinates I have been pasting are not correct. The correct ones are now to be found, in small font, below the suggested location co-ordinates in Google Photos metadata.

Thank you both for your time.