Registry of online tools for Citizen Science

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In recent years, European (and international) biodiversity research and citizen science community have produced various applications for collecting, storing, managing, analysing and sharing of biodiversity data. These applications are usually available online as a part of webpages, portals and mobile applications, often funded by EU projects or national project funding instruments.
This repository contains more than 40 online tools and apps supporting citizen scientists initiatives and volunteer scientists in their study of nature. Some of these tools can help for identification or monitoring, others - to share and analyze available data, or to create and manage a new project.


Leafsnap UK is a field guide to trees using visual recognition software to help identify species from photos of their leaves. The app includes information on 156 tree species in Britain and thousands of beautiful high-resolution images.
Open Source:
yes
Scale:
UK
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The Nature Obsevartions Database collects useful information about Estonian biodiversity, help users to compile a species distribution atlas and analyse it. Information about observations of protected species is forwarded to the Estonian environmental register after inspection. The Nature Observations Database has a map application, where user can see inserted observations, borders of the Estonian protected areas and location of protected nature monuments.
Scale:
Estonia
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Built on a scalable web platform geared for large biodiversity and environmental data, Map of Life endeavors to provide ‘best-possible’ species range information and species lists for any geographic area. Map of Life aims to support effective and global biodiversity education, monitoring, research and decision-making by assembling and integrating a wide range of knowledge about species distributions and their dynamics over time.
Mobile app:
yes
Open Source:
yes
Scale:
world
Taxa:

The goal of observado.org is to make available sightings of observers all around the world and help with knowledge on biodiversity. Users can submit sightings regarding any area of fauna and flora, whereby administrators scrutinize these sightings. Observado.org has got special software modules for mobile devices: WnPda/WnSmart (both for Windows Mobile), and three apps: 1 - ObsMapp (Android) is the digital notebook.
Mobile app:
Yes
Open Source:
yes
Scale:
World
Taxa:

Open Data Kit (ODK) is an open source suite of tools that enables data collection on mobile phones and data submissions to a central server. ODK provides an out-of-the-box solution for users to build a data collection form or survey, collect the data on a mobile device and send it to a server and aggregate the collected data on a server and extract it in useful formats.
Mobile app:
Yes
Open Source:
yes
Scale:
World
Taxa:

Ornitho is a common database for several European countries. This site(s) provides a new way of collecting, managing and illustrating ornithological observations (French and Spanish portals contain also mammals, amphibians, butterflies and dragonflies). The ornitho app (Android)is in a pre-release version.
Mobile app:
Yes
Open Source:
yes
Scale:
Europe
Taxa:

PlutoF provides cloud database and computing services for the taxonomical, ecological, phylogenetical, etc. research. The purpose of the platform is to provide synergy through common modules for the classifications, taxon names, analytical tools, etc.
Scale:
World, Estonia
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Project Noah is a digital platform that is designed to allow students, teachers, citizens and biologists to create a database that documents the biodiversity of plants, animals, insects, and much more across the planet. The data uploaded includes photos, geographic location, date, time, and other relevant information about the observations. Participants can join pre-formed missions to find animals, plants, butterflies, reptiles, or invasive species.
Mobile app:
Yes
Open Source:
yes
Scale:
World
Taxa:

Search engine for citizen science projects (more than 600 projects listed)
Scale:
USA, World
Taxa:

Tool to create your own website to connect, work with and share your data.
Scale:
World

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