Citizen Science for Biodiversity and Nature Conservation

On the 5th and 6th of March, members of our working group Clemens Jacobs and René Westerholt visited the kickoff meeting of the WIPs-DE project, a Germany-wide effort to improve protection of certain plant species, sponsored by Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN, Bundesamt of Naturschutz) in the federal biodiversity programme. Among other goals, the project aims at using citizen science methods to collect occurrence data es well as seeds. Citizens will be able to either use a web portal or a mobile application for data acquisition and administration. Both are being implemented by René Westerholt. Furthermore, Clemens Jacobs presented first results of a project funded in the same programme. It is concerned with web-based quality assurance in citizen science projects.