Getting Started with NatureMapr

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If you’re new to NatureMapr, this article aims to give you an overview of the basics.

What do NatureMapr Projects aim to achieve?

All NatureMapr projects ultimately aim to collect sightings and/or surveys in order to build up a detailed picture over time of one or more species of plants or animals. The more sightings and surveys a project receives, the more accurate picture it can build up of what’s happening over time.

NatureMapr users contribute sightings either via the web platform or via the NatureMapr smartphone app which is available for iPhone and Android.

Sighting

A sighting is the single most important term to become familiar with. A sighting simply represents an individual record of a particular plant or animal species, at a particular location on a given date and time.

Example: You observed a Sulphur Crested Cockatoo on your letterbox on 1 Jan 2015 at 10:27am.

A sighting may contain associated media which is used as evidence for the sighting. Media may be in the form of one or more images providing visual confirmation or in the form of an audio clip which provides audible confirmation. Audio clips are typically most useful for birds and frogs.

The location of every sighting is expressed as a simple Latitude and Longitude pair. E.g. -22.864320, 141.208615

Survey

A survey represents a list of plant or animal species observed at a particular location on a given date and time.

Example: You observed 3 Australian Magpies and 1 Sulphur Crested Cockatoo on your letterbox on 1 Jan 2015 at 10:27am.

A survey may contain associated media which is used as evidence for the survey. Media may be in the form of an audio clip which provides audible confirmation. Audio clips are typically most useful for birds and frogs.

Just like sightings, the location of every survey is expressed as a simple Latitude and Longitude pair. E.g. -22.864320, 141.208615

July 14, 2018