Watch the full webinar ‘Introducing Cos4Cloud: how will it benefit the citizen science community?’

The Cos4Cloud project aims to boost citizen science technologies. But how it is going to achieve this?

Two of the Cos4Cloud’s coordinators: Karen Soacha, leader of putting the services in practice and ICM-CSIC Researcher and Jaume Piera, a researcher at the ICM-CSIC and associate researcher at CREAF, answered these questions during the webinar ‘Introducing Cos4Cloud’. Additionally, two of services’ leaders: Alexis Holy, researcher and leader of Pl@ntNet & LifeCLEF at INRIA; and Santiago Martínez de la Riva, CEO, CDO & Founder of Bineo Consulting, explained some of the services which they are developing.

The services which Alexis Joly and his team are developing are Pl@ntNet-API, which allow users to query the Pl@ntNet identification engine and get access to Pl@ntNet data; AI-Naturalist, which enables citizen science platforms to develop automatic species identification tools adapted to its needs; Biodiversity-DL, a service that allows users to create an artificial intelligence training set on a particular group of living organisms; and AI-GeoSpecies, a web services that shows potential species to be observed in a set area.

On the other hand, Santiago Martínez de la Riva introduced Cos4Bio, an online platform that integrates observations on biodiversity monitoring from various citizen observatories, potentially an enormous number of observations. This service already has a prototype.

A collaborative project

One of the backbones of Cos4Cloud is the co-design of the services together with the end-users: citizen science projects staff, citizen scientists, app developers and any nature, technology and / or citizen science lover. for this purpose, Cos4Cloud is organising a series of co-design activities in which any interested person can give their opinion on the services: evaluate their usability, the functionalities that could improve them, what are their strengths, etc .; once these ideas are collected, all the ideas will be taken into account in the design process of the service.

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