Citizen Science Tools for Community Engagement

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Non-profit groups, educators and researchers can now create, manage and maintain citizen science wildlife surveys with multiple contributors at Wildlife Sightings (www.junponline.com).

The website's goals are to lower the technical barriers and ongoing labour costs for citizen science based wildlife surveys.

"Non-profit groups have great intentions when they start-up wildlife surveys, usually to engage community members and contribute to citizen science.", says Wildlife Sightings owner Paul Lindgreen.

"Unfortunately they typically underestimate the labour and costs to maintain these projects. After 1-2 years the project typically fails and the data collected is soon forgotten.", says Paul. "In some cases they don't even get off the drawing board as it can be a daunting task to begin".

Non-profit groups, educators and researchers can now start up their own citizen science project in 30 minutes and publish their results to a wide audience. Submitted data uses Darwin Core standards and is published at GBIF.org in addition to Wildlife Sightings.

Project administrators can manage multiple participants by adding, editing and removing their own group participants. Administrators can also approve, edit and delete user contributed wildlife submissions.

Educators can manage a class activity with multiple students contributing wildlife sightings and engage them online. Non-profit groups can engage community members online with a citizen science project surveying their local wildlife and promote their organization to a wider audience. Administrators can even embed a dynamic wildlife listing on their own website.

Wildlife Sightings provides biodiversity survey tools so your organization can focus on community engagement instead of technical development. Contact Wildlife Sightings to setup your citizen science project or with any questions on these free services (http://www.junponline.com , contact@junponline.com)

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