The new website is live!

Well, the brand new website for the Nature Locator: Leaf Watch project went live today.

http://leafwatch.naturelocator.org

Actually, it’s been live for about a week but in order to check it thoroughly and put it through its paces we decided not to advertise its presence widely until today.  So, at 4 p.m. this afternoon we mailed all of the people who had supplied us with an e-mail address, having either used the smart phone application or the website to submit records of horse-chestnut tree leaves.

The website functions as a central point of information for the smart phone application.  One of the things we are most excited about, however, is the validation section.  As detailed in the blog post below, this is where people can help us to verify the accuracy of all records submitted via the smart phone application… all 5200 of them!

There was much debate within the team as to whether people would get stuck in.  In some senses this is almost a test case for future projects; to see whether in fact the crowd sourcing of validation captures the public’s imagination and yields accurate results.

Within minutes of the e-mail going out people had started to login and check records for us.  Within two hours of the site being advertised several people had already checked over 500 records.  (At this point I’d like to say that I always knew it would work!)

Validation Leaderboard

Validation Leaderboard

2 Responses to “The new website is live!”

  1. on 18 Oct 2011 at 3:08 pmjohn m howitt

    I noticed a tentative conclusion was that less damage may occur there the ground cover is grass as the moth then doesn’t overwinter as well.

    Would carefully collecting all fallen leaves and incinerating them help to reduce the moth population?

  2. on 18 Oct 2011 at 3:34 pmDave Kilbey

    Hi John

    The hypothesis that less damage will occur if the ground cover consists only of short grass is still being tested but it’s likely to be right. Removing the leaf litter would certainly be a method of reducing the damage. The moths that escape the tidying process will eventually begin to damage the tree as successive generations get to work but the degree of damage will be far less, particularly if the tree is isolated from other horse chestnuts.

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