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