Mother Nature’s Pulse

by Inga Yandell

Ever spotted a curious creature in your backyard you couldn’t id or encounter a fungus on a stroll through the woods and want to know if it is poisonous or not?

Collaborating as part of a community-based archive ‘Project Noah’ represents the latest avenue for innovative educational resources that facilitate species identification and research. Prompting users to participate in the growth and expansion of mobile learning and species research aimed at preserving global biodiversity.

Project Noah, invites users to create a free account where they can upload images from their smart phones and contribute to an online ecological database. The platform makes it easy to share and collaborate on identification of species through social networks and via the sites expanding archive which incorporates location information (map integration) and education/mission broadcasting (to devise subject material for the classroom or launch campaigns raising awareness and funds for conservation).

You can even earn patches signifying your contributions and manage them via the app, along with all your spotting’s which are viewable in a map view, list view or grid view and it’s a cinch to submit new spotting’s or edit existing ones.

Select Local mode, to see what kind of wildlife has been spotted nearby or switch into Global mode to see the latest wildlife spottings from around the world.

Find out what missions are available near you and join the ones you’re most interested in. There are local missions based on your current location, global missions, and featured missions to choose from.

The app is available from the iTunes store and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requiring iOS 4.0 or later.

The founding members of Project Noah are Yasser Ansari, Martin Ceperley, Peter Horvath, and Bruno Kruse. Collectively, our backgrounds cover molecular biology, bioinformatics, product management, photography, software development, user experience design, and general hardware and software hacking.

Their ultimate goal is to build the go-to platform for documenting all the world’s organisms and through doing this, hope to develop an effective way to measure Mother Nature’s pulse. By encouraging the mobile masses to document their encounters with nature, thereby building a powerful force for data collection and an important educational tool for wildlife awareness and preservation.

Help support their mission and join Project Noah today!

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Inga Yandell
Explorer and photo-journalist, passionate about nature, culture and travel. Combining science and conservation with investigative journalism to provide educational resources and a platform for science exploration.
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