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iSpot website launches

25 October 2009

The Open University has launched a new website that aims to help beginners learn how to identify wildlife. It is called iSpot, and can be found at:
http://ispot.org.uk

On iSpot, people can upload digital photos, and/or descriptions, of the species they've seen, and are encouraged to try identifying it for themselves. Other users on the site can click a button to show agreement with the suggested identification, or if it's not correct they can add an alternative species name. The site has been developed by the Open University's Biodiversity Observatory team, under the leadership of Jonathan Silvertown, Professor of Ecology, as part of the Open Air Laboratories project (OPAL).

iSpot is an OPAL (Open Air Laboratories) project, and is funded by the Big Lottery Fund. For more about OPAL see:
http://www.opalexplorenature.org/


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