What Wildbook should this feature be in? ACW
What would you like to see?
The ability to link 2 encounters together as a match without having to assign them to a known individual (since the animal may not be known to the researcher), and without having to create a new individual record, immediately upon match. Then enabling all matched encounters to be attached to a Marked Individual when one of them gets attached to that individual.
How would this functionality help you?
This would eliminate redundant matching. Once a match is made between encounters, they will always be linked and then, when any of them are finally assigned to a Marked Individual record, all will follow. We wouldn’t have to go back and re-review matches that have already been visually verified by the researcher.
An unknown individual is not named or given an ID by the researcher as soon as they are seen. Naming is a process that takes time and consultation. So a match of an unknown individual in the system to a second image of the same unknown individual cannot be immediately assigned a new ID in the system.
Also, it’s possible that the system doesn’t serve up a match to a known Marked Individual in the system, in the match results, so further investigation could be required before assigning an ID.