09_01_2020, Julio Rabadan
Título: Citizen science for researchers: Observation.org. An exceptional tool for data acquisition. Resumen: Involvement of amateurs and volunteers in the development of scientific activity has been common throughout history. However, nowadays, with the help of new technologies, citizen science offers a new set of possibilities for research teams, which can address questions and problems of much greater magnitude thanks to a massive growth in the amount of available data. After a brief historical tour, we will review the existing tools and applications to collect field data, process and integrate it into collaborative projects. Specifically, we will focus on Observation.org, an international citizen science platform on biodiversity that collaborates with many scientific institutions along Europe. This platform allows users to record, both from your mobile and from the web, observations of any living being anywhere in the world with all kind of details. It allows to associate images and sounds to the observations, opening the possibility to explore the surroundings with the automatic recognition of species from images. Numerous scientific teams and working groups use Observation.org in their projects both as a tool for data collection as a repository of data, since its design meets the needs of the advanced amateur and the professional fieldworker. All the knowledge collected by the hundreds of thousands of collaborators is used to improve the conservation and knowledge of the environment, generating with the accumulated information around 100 scientific publications per year.