Citizen Science and Crowd-sourcing Biological Surveys

Simon Price, Dave J Kilbey, Jasper Tredgold, Christopher P Bailey, Mark J van Rossum, Mike A Jones, Damian M Steer

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We report on the NatureLocator programme of digital research projects centred around the development and use of mobile applications to collect crowd-sourced data for biological surveys. With high-profile coverage by the BBC and other media, the initial NatureLocator project, "Leaf Watch: Conker Tree Science", used a bespoke smartphone app to gather geo-located observational data from members of the public and created the most comprehensive information on the UK distribution of the Leaf-Mining Moth (Cameraria Ohridella) to-date. Subsequent NatureLocator projects have refined and extended this approach to gather research data and raise awareness of other ecological threats.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDigital Research 2013
Place of PublicationOxford
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2013
EventDigital Research 2013 - Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 Sept 201311 Sept 2013


ConferenceDigital Research 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • citizen science
  • crowd-sourcing
  • e-Research
  • biological surveys


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