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Citizen science and global biodiversity
Citizen science and global biodiversity

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2 Using iSpot

Anyone can browse iSpot, but you will need to register before you can start contributing. After joining, you can upload observations of any plant, animal, fungus or other living organism. iSpot picks up the GPS information recorded by any camera or phone with this function activated; tools such as integrated species dictionaries can help to home in on the name of the species; and other comments can be included, such as distinguishing features. Other ways to participate include identifying or commenting on observations from other users; using tools such as the iSpot Identification Keys or demonstrating your skills by doing an iSpot Quiz. Experiences can also be personalised by creating specialised filters and groups of observations, and there is also a range of help and FAQ guides available on the site.

This week takes a look at how you can start your journey towards discovering more about wildlife supported by an online citizen science platform such as iSpot. Your own experience on the site will help you to understand and appreciate the benefits of being part of an active citizen science community.