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NamePoisitivesNegativesGeographic distributionShares with GBIF?Language(s)Website interface? Y/NTaxonomic FocusMobile app? Y/NUses computer vision?# Users# RecordsComments
Date Added/Updated
See other user's data?Crowdsourcing ID?Downloadable data?Identification tools?Mapping tools?Educational Resources?
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Biodiversity Snapshotshttp://www.biodiversitysnapshots.net.au/Portal offline????????Wasn't loading on July 8, 2016July 8, 2016
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WildObshttp://wildobs.com/Portal offline??EnglishY????Overrun with spam :-(July 9, 2016
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Anymals +Plantshttps://www.anymals.org/Moved to https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/projects/natureshare
GlobalYSeveralYAllY?16,650Funded mostly by German organizations. July 8, 2016
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BioNotehttp://bionote.xyz/GlobalYEnglish, SwedishYAllY50End of beta testingMarch 21, 2018YYY, for researchersImage recognition. Currently in testing.NN
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CyberTrackerhttps://www.cybertracker.org/GlobalNot directlyEnglish, ?YAnyY???List-based. Can be customized for specific projects, so it doesn't have a central data repository.August 1, 2017
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Discover Lifehttp://www.discoverlife.org/GlobalYEnglishYAllN?>2 million?Big emphasis on moths but covers thousands of taxa.July 8, 2016
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eBirdhttps://ebird.org/homeGlobalYSeveralYBirdsYsee comments>390,000>500,000,000Several regional portals; Merlin Bird ID (separate app, also from Cornell Lab of Ornithology) incorporates eBird data, uses computer vision (trained on eBird/Macaulay photos)
August 4, 2018 (numbers of records and users from March 26, 2018)
yesnoyessee commentsyes
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eshark
http://eoceans.org/?page_id=424
Global?EnglishY
sharks, rays, turtles, whales, jellyfish, garbage and seals
??33,000+Also have sub-projects for Fiji, Thailand, and IndonesiaJuly 11, 2016
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Record Wildlifehttp://recordwildlife.co.uk/Global?NoEnglishNAnyY??Not really social. More for personal recording.July 8, 2016
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NaturaLista
http://naturalista.biodiversidad.co/
ColombiaYesSpanishYAllusing iNaturalist4,97310,050iNaturalist network partnerJuly 8, 2016yes
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HerpMapperhttps://www.herpmapper.org/GlobalNoEnglishYReptiles & AmphibiansY?148,738Obscures all data to county level.July 8, 2016
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Amphibians and Reptiles of Austriahttp://www.angleraction.org/??EnglishYFishY??Emphasis on reporting zero catch data.July 9, 2016
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EcoRegistros
http://www.ecoregistros.org/site/index.php
Global, but mostly South America
?SpanishYAll???Can someone who speaks Spanish explore and fill in more?March 12, 2018
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iGoTerrahttp://igoterra.comGlobal?English, French, SwedishYAllY1,807?Tiered membership model (free and two levels of annual subscription)July 16, 2016Paid accounts only??
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iNaturalistwww.inaturalist.orgGlobalYSeveralYAllYY406,89313,926,428Includes counts from iNaturalist network partners.August 4, 2018yesyesyes
community-created
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iSpot
http://www.ispotnature.org/communities/global
GlobalYes via country nodesEnglish, SpanishYAllN?500,000+Nodes in UK & Ireland, Chile, Hong Kong, and Southern AfricaJuly 8, 2016yes
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Jellywatchhttp://jellywatch.org/Global?English, JapaneseYMarine life (especially jellies)Y?5,250Easy to export data as csvJuly 8, 2016
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JungleDragonhttps://www.jungledragon.comGlobal?EnglishYAllresponsive2,60037,000February 8, 2017Y
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Audubon Nature Sharehttp://natureshare.com/??EnglishYBirds???Seems to only allow bird sightings but previously I thought it was more inclusive.July 8, 2016
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Map of Lifehttp://www.mol.org/GlobalYSeveralYAllY??Useful for finding species around you and recording your own observations. Not really social (yet?) because you can't interact with other people's observations. Really nice mobile app.July 8, 2016
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Mushroom Observerhttp://mushroomobserver.org/Global?EnglishYMushrooms??261,000July 9, 2016yes
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the Wildlabhttp://thewildlab.org/Global??EnglishYBirds, Marine lifeY??Aimed at educators?July 8, 2016
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Happy Whalehttps://happywhale.com/homeGlobal?Cetaceans?3,30647,9342/7/19Y
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Notebookhttps://species.fiGlobalAll(Y)?7,150,278Focuses on two ares: 1) being a platform for citizen science projects collecting observations and 2) being a personal field notebook for active amateur naturalists. Mobile app in beta testing. Data downloadable at species.fi and GBIF.March 15, 2019Y(Y)YNYY
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Observation (Observado)http://observation.org/GlobalVaries by countrySeveralYAllYYEs IdentifyIT8,64619,088,968Lots of stats here: https://observation.org/statistiek.php and good overview here: https://thetestgarden.com/for-the-birds/tech-birds/observation/July 8, 2016yesValidation teamssee commentssee comments
https://forum.waarneming.nl/smf/index.php?board=220.0
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FlowerCheckerhttp://www.flowerchecker.com/#Global?N?English, Czech?YFlowering plantsY?178,000Image recognition prototype released in July 2016 http://blog.flowerchecker.com/post/147842245973/we-have-developed-plant-identification-bot (uses facebook messenger)April 25, 2017N?One expertNImage recognitionNN
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MycoMaphttp://mycomap.com/Global??EnglishYFungi???Cool seasonality maps! Supports genetics. Integrates data from iNaturalist.July 9, 2016
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NatureNethttps://www.nature-net.orgGlobal??EnglishYAllY3881,590Site data available here: http://viz.nature-net.org/#/summaryApril 25, 2017Y
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Picture Thishttps://www.picturethisai.com/GlobalEnglish, Chinese?, others?Promo onlyPlantsYY??Strongly relies on computer vision but also has a crowdsourcing and social element. Based in China.August 2, 2018YY?Image recognition.NN
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PlantsMaphttps://info.plantsmap.com/Global??English, ?YPlantsresponsive??Focused on gardens and botanical collections. Most features are free but offers additional plant-specific features for a fee (e.g. rose, iris, daylily). Also offers the option to inexpensively create plant labels with QR codes.October 17, 2017Y?????
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Project Noahhttp://www.projectnoah.org/GlobalNoEnglishYAllY?771,591Has huge Facebook following. Generally attracts great photographers.July 8, 2016
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Shark Basehttp://www.shark-base.orgGlobal via ALA?EnglishYSharks, rays, chimerasN1002,154Based in Australia?July 11, 2016
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Spider IDspiderID.comGlobalSpiders?29,73933,913Seems like a small number of people actually doing IDs, but they're excellent and thorough. They need more observations, so consider cross-posting!
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Umiushi zukan
http://www.umiushi-zukan.com/main/top.php
Globalno (maybe)JapaneseYSea slugsN23426,5371059 speciesJuly 10, 2016
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Web sakana zukanhttp://zukan.com/fish/Globalno (maybe)JapaneseYFish
yes (auto id!? http://zukan.com/fish/mikke)
1,65245,8453268 speciesJuly 10, 2016
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