Experts’ portal to download and validate observations from multiple citizen observatories

Service description:

Online platform that integrates observations on biodiversity or environmental monitoring from different citizen observatoriesthat are of interest to the expert community, potentially an enormous number of observations. 

Development & functioning :

The portal will allow citizen-science experts to view and validate all observations in one place. Once validated, the identified observation returns to the citizen observatory portal where it was reported. 

Additionally, on the expert platform, users will be able to search observations from other citizen observatories like ArtPortalent, iSpot, Natusfera and PlantNet with the main goal of identifying and downloading them for their research. 

Example: If you are a scientist and want to carry out a study on the distribution of x organisms in your country, you could download all the organism observations from the portal without worrying about the citizen science observatory or the country they come from. Just as simple as that, you get a lot of data from a huge area of coverage. 

Artificial intelligence (AI) – based automatic-validation tools, will also play an important role. This will help the citizen-science experts who validate the observations on the experts’ portals identify the observation.  

So, the experts’ portal will take advantage of artificial intelligence and the AI will improve, as the more information it has, the more it can learn. Like ArtPortalent, iSpot, Natusfera and PlantNet with the main goal to identify and download them for their researches.

Innovation for citizen observatories:

  • Reduce the time that citizen science experts spend on the identification process and therefore on citizens observatories.
  • Allow users to download observations from one portal without forgetting that the platform will recognize and notify each observation’s authority.
  • Train much better algorithms than if we have separate databases with only the partial information of a single citizen observatory.
Currently there aren’t any similar services, such as an aggregate citizen observation system that allows experts to spend less time searching, identifying and researching
We are working on this service, it will be available soon!