Seawatchers.org: a web platform to collect and visualize jellyfish citizen data in the Mediterranean Sea

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5th International Jellyfish Bloom Symposium, 30 May to 3 June 2016, Barcelona.-- 1 pageSeawatchers.org is a citizen science platform that aims to involve society in data collection for different marine research projects. It started in 2012 as a pilot in the Catalan region and evolved in 2014 to collect data from the whole Spanish coast. As part of this platform, the Jellyfish project seeks a better understanding of jellyfish population dynamics and it reached more than 600 records in 2 years. It collects data from swimmers, divers, kayakers and other volunteers. Unlike citizen science campaigns based on mailings, this platform displays both the collected data and the name of volunteers or associations involved. Behind the Project, experts validate data and are responsible for highlighting the most interesting observations for research. All participants receive feedback concerning the validation from the expert, its comments and whether the observation is a remarkable one. The collected data during more than 10 years by the Catalan municipalities and those from the App Medjelly will be incorporated soon. As Seawatcher.org allows citizens to collaborate and get involved in scientific research of several marine related projects other than jellyfish (such as corals, fishes, invasive species or marine litter) it provides a bridge between fishermen, diving clubs and students, allowing the interaction among different social communities in the Mediterranean Sea. Moreover, recent incorporated social networks (Twitter and Facebook) facilitate the spreading of scientific research objectives to the general public, thus promoting its participation. The sewatchers麓s team is always searching for innovative methods to improve the engagement of the society in marine related issuesPeer Reviewe

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