Introducing iSpot - helping people learn about wildlife


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An overview of the iSpot website, the place to learn more about wildlife and to share your interest with a friendly community. An OPAL project from the Open University.

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  • Introducing iSpot - helping people learn about wildlife

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    2. 3. What is iSpot? <ul><li>iSpot is the place to learn more about wildlife and to share your interest with a friendly community. </li></ul><ul><li>Take a look at the latest spots, start your own album of observations and get help identifying what you have seen. </li></ul>
    3. 5. What can you do on iSpot? <ul><li>Share your wildlife observations, and get help with identifications if needed </li></ul><ul><li>Include a photo (if you have one) or description of what you’ve seen, and where and when you saw it </li></ul>
    4. 8. Join in the discussion <ul><li>You can see which identifications have been suggested and why, and join discussions about the wildlife you’ve seen </li></ul>
    5. 10. Gain a reputation! <ul><li>iSpot has a ‘reputation management’ system – this means that if you can name a species on iSpot, and someone else agrees with your identification, you gain ‘points’ that show up against your name </li></ul>
    6. 11. An active iSpot user:
    7. 12. Helping others <ul><li>If you know about wildlife you can help others by providing identifications, or agreeing with those already suggested </li></ul><ul><li>You don’t have to be an expert, just to know something about some wildlife! </li></ul><ul><li>If you’re involved with a wildlife recording group or society we can give you a badge that links to your website </li></ul>
    8. 13. British Lichen Society link
    9. 14. iSpot extras <ul><li>Neighbourhood Nature is a new course from the Open University that provides an introduction to local wildlife </li></ul><ul><li>Part of the course involves making use of iSpot for wildlife observations </li></ul><ul><li>Anyone can take the course, and financial help may be available </li></ul>
    10. 15. <ul><li>A course book and DVD are provided (this image is from the DVD section on monitoring seabirds) </li></ul>
    11. 16. iSpot extras <ul><li>Another project is developing new online identification keys for wildlife </li></ul><ul><li>These are designed to help anyone identify what they’ve found </li></ul><ul><li>The keys use an innovative Bayesian approach, making the keys easier to use </li></ul>
    12. 18. Get involved with iSpot <ul><li>Go to </li></ul><ul><li>Browse the site to see the latest spots </li></ul><ul><li>Register to use the site and join the discussions – it’s free and simple </li></ul><ul><li>There are links on iSpot to Neighbourhood Nature, the online keys, and the rest of the OPAL projects </li></ul>
    13. 19. Acknowledgements <ul><li>iSpot is part of Open Air Laboratories (OPAL), and is funded by the Big Lottery Fund </li></ul>