We are pleased to announce the development of a new tool available from Conserve.IO (http://conserve.io/) focusing on ecological data acquisition and dissemination. In an effort to better understand the diverse needs of the marine mammal world we thought that the MARMAM community might be interested in providing input into the final development process and would appreciate your taking a few minutes to take this ten question survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RRZS5RS
The “tool”, in its current form, is a mobile application platform entitled “Spotter” ( http://conserve.io/?page_id=150) and is designed to empower scientists and resource managers with the ability to quickly and accurately collect geospatially referenced ecosystem data and convey that data to stakeholders in real time.
Spotter is cloud-based, and as such it affords geographically separate users the ability to collaborate documenting sightings in real-time. Spotter can also be quickly customized to include species-specific meta-data (characteristics and behavior), media and data collection processes (such as survey effort versus opportunistic sightings). Finally, Spotter can also integrate various data layers such as navigational charts, topographical maps and remote sensing information, making adding relevant field data straightforward and reliable.
So, whether your need is to document animal behavior, strandings, invasive species sightings, butterfly distribution, or coral bleaching events, Spotter is intended to be a high quality data capture platform to suit those needs.
To the introduction, we could use (and would greatly appreciate) your help in our understanding whether or not we’re on the right track (i.e. “The product would be valuable, especially if it did X, Y, Z, or “Its the worst idea of all time.”).
To that end, please find follow this survey link and, again, thank you! http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RRZS5RS
For more information on how Conserve.IO can support your needs visit http://www.Conserve.IO
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