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Natusfera: a new platform to integrate citizen science approaches for monitoring marine ecosystems

AuthorsPiera, Jaume ; Ceccaroni, Luigi; Claramunt, Bernat
Issue DateOct-2016
CitationXXXII Trobades Científiques de la Mediterrània : Planeta Oceà: 29 (2016)
AbstractMarine ecosystems are characterized by an extraordinary mix of human activities, e.g.: tourism, fishing and industry (petrochemical plants and aquaculture, etc.). New policies concerning environmental resources should have citizens' support and consider public attitudes from the beginning. The development of these policies is becoming more complex with larger datasets required to support the assessment of impacts on whole ecosystems over long periods of time. Access to the considerable funding needed for data collection is limited, so it is important to look at new cost‐effective ways of obtaining and processing environmental data. Citizen science has the potential to increase the knowledge base about marine ecosystems through the participation of people with no specific scientific training to collect and analyze large data sets. In this contribution we introduce the new, open citizen science platform called >Natusfera> (natusfera.gbif.es). Inspired by the existing platform iNaturalist, one of the main goals of this new platform is to facilitate the participation of any community interested in collaborating in environmental monitoring, independently of the community size and the capabilities of their members. To do so, the Natusfera development has been conceived to break three main potential barriers: (1) Technological barriers. Communities will not require having ICT expertise in the group to run Natusfera and to adapt it to their particular interest. (2) Knowledge barriers. Communities may start participating even if they do not have the expertise to identify/interpret their own observations. (3) Linguistic barriers. The users will be able to choose freely the language to participate and exchange information in Natusfera. At present the platform is available in five languages: English, Spanish, Catalan, Galician and Euskera. The platform is now being adapted to support as many languages as possible using a system for collaborative translation. As examples of management of observations, we present the integration in Natusfera of (1) a service that will allow to report changes in water transparency usign a do‐it‐yourself instrument (KdUINO) developed in the framework of the Citclops project (Citizens' Observatory for Coast and Ocean Optical Monitoring, www.citclops.eu); and (2) a service that will allow to record sound (for bioacoustics' research) and include the following information units: (a) sound record, (b) geo‐location, (c) community interaction, (d) identification, (e) associated project, and (f) data‐quality assessment. The long term goal is to provide an open platform that can easily extend its observation and management capabilities
DescriptionXXXII Trobades Científiques de la Mediterrània, Planeta Oceà - Planet Ocean, celebradas del 5 al 7 de octubre de 2016 en Maó, Menorca.-- Homenatge als Drs. Marta Estrada, Jordi Font i Jordi Salat, pioners de l'oceanografia mediterrània moderna. A tribute to Drs. Marta Estrada, Jordi Font and Jordi Salat, pioneers of modern Mediterranean oceanography.-- 1 page
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