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iSpot - the Biodiversity Observatory

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Doug Clow
18 May 2009

Share your discoveries with the world

iSpot (the Biodiversity Observatory) is an online nature community and resource. It aims to connect beginners with a supportive community of experts and fellow enthusiasts.

Using iSpot you can share images of what you’ve seen, identify species, discuss your findings with other members and learn more about the wildlife you’ve seen.

We hope iSpot will encourage you to engage with nature and learn about local biodiversity.

iSpot's unique features
iSpot is a social networking site with a number of unique and exciting features. Your profile in the community grows as you share images, identify species correctly and contribute more to the community.

You'll be able to explore local wildlife with a range of identification tools. These tools will also be available to download on your mobile phone so the ability to identify an insect, bird or plant will be right at your fingertips.

It'll be launching soon - in June 2009.

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iSpot is linked to the OU "Neighbourhood Nature" course - course students are given the task of uploading several wildlife observations to iSpot as part of their course work. See link below.

Another related project is developing new keys for identifying wildlife, using a Bayesian approach to allow a variety of parameters to be used to produce the most likely identifications. See link below.

Martin Harvey
23:15 on 12 October 2009

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introduction to iSpot

introduction to iSpot

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Gráinne Conole
8:54am 18 May 2009

Hi Doug looks really interesting - is there a link to a website you could add?? 


Doug Clow
10:56am 18 May 2009

There is a semi-secret beta site, but it's not for general release yet, so I don't want to post it on the Google-indexed web yet! Launch at end of June 2009.

Gráinne Conole
1:03pm 18 May 2009

OK! look forward to seeing it, guess i can always get u to give me a sneak preview!

Martin Harvey
11:11pm 12 October 2009

Just found this cloud - iSpot has been live for a few months now, over 1,000 registered users, lots of interaction. So far the reputtion management system seems to be doing a good job of giving people a sense of progression, and of the level of expertise they are encountering.

Gráinne Conole
10:50am 13 October 2009

Hi Martin thanks for this additional information - really useful, iSpots is a great concept, amazing that you have got some much inerest already!

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