A Tag is any important feature of the observation/photo (eg. flower, male, leaf). Tags are ONLY relevant to the Observations section. When you upload an observation make sure you think about adding a Tag because Tags help build usable information about individual species.

Why Tags? An example of a very important Tag for a plant observation/photo is 'flower' (if the observation is of the plant when it is in flower). This Tag is important because it will be used to build a calendar of when the plant is in flower (NatureShare's Calendar feature is currently under development). Other examples of a Tag include 'leaf' (if you have uploaded a good picture of the leaf), 'male' or 'juvenile' (if you observed/photographed the male or juvenile of the species), 'mating' if the observation is showing a mating pair, etc. Also, Tags will soon be searchable within NatureShare making them even more important for, for example, searching for photos of specific features of the species (eg. searching for leaf pictures, mating pictures, photos of the male of the species, etc). This will become increasingly important as the number of photos per species becomes increases.

When you start typing in a Tag, a dropdown box appears that lists all the similar Tags used in NatureShare to date (ordered by popularity - most used Tag is listed first). You don't have to use these and you can simply ignore the dropdown box but it can be an advantage to use what is already commonly used. Choosing from the dropdown box also helps to avoid the introduction of typos.

What is the "(Overall)" box? It is recommended you click on the down arrow and choose the species the Tag applies to (eg. as in the example image to the right from a Wurmbea dioica (Early Nancy) observation). Usually you will have entered only one species so it seems a bit pointless - but it isn't. This box is designed for the situation where more than one species are in the photo/observation. For example,
  • if your group does a survey of plants in flower like this survey at Conglomerate Gully Reserve you might list dozens of species and you will want to assign all species listed with the Tag 'flower' - in this case the Tag would be 'flower' and you would choose "Overall" in the other box, and NatureShare then knows to apply this Tag to all species listed in this observation. It is also useful to Tag all species with 'survey' when the results on any survey is entered into NatureShare.
  • you observe a butterfly feeding on a flower and the picture shows both the butterfly and the flower well - the butterfly is feeding so the 'feeding' Tag is entered, and then the 'Overall' is not correct because 'feeding' only applies to the butterfly, not the flower - then, because the plant is in flower it is helpful to add the 'flower' Tag to the plant species so, again, 'Overall' is not correct because 'flower' only applies to the flower, not the butterfly.
It isn't always necessary to add Tags but the correct Tags will ensure the maximum use of your observations. The image to the right from a Wurmbea dioica (Early Nancy) observation has got the Tags 'flower' (because it is in flower) and 'female' (because it shows female flowers).

More Tags relevant to specific categories of species: