In this citizen science project, citizens are invited to contribute to increasing knowledge of biodiversity. For this, users enter the observations of living beings on BioRegisto platform, which they find obligatory to introduce at least one photo of the specimen, the location, the date and the time of observation. Whenever possible, the user also enters the name of the species, the quantity, the habitat, the stage of development, the sex of the individual and the activity. After the introduction of the observation, it is inserted in the internal database of the platform for species validation (if it is not possible to validate at the species level, the validation is carried out to the lowest possible taxonomic level). All observations, and respective observers, are available for consultation on the project's website (https://ambiente.cm-viana-castelo.pt/bioregisto) or BioRegisto App. All other data, including the most sensitive, such as the exact location of the specimen, are available in the internal database for scientific consultation and treatment, and have even been made available to some research groups in the field of biology. It is a set of metadata that can provide important data about the distribution and abundance of species using all the benefits that citizen science is capable of providing, contributing to the advancement of scientific knowledge. It should also be noted that many of the images of species already validated on the platform are, with due authorization from the user, used in actions of environmental education and dissemination of biological heritage. So far, BioRegisto platform has a total of 701 registered species, 2758 validated observations and 194 users.
The main goal of BioRegisto is the dissemination of biological heritage, contributing to its conservation through knowledge. Aimed at all audiences, participation in this citizen science platform must be done considering the principles of conservation in Nature. This citizen science project allows any citizen to insert photographic records of species, as well as tracks and traces, from any location, as well as view all records of biodiversity observations made by users who access this platform. Complying with the principles of citizen science, it is intended to clearly and objectively expose the results on biological diversity to everyone who is interested.
How to participate
Users only need to login to the BioRegisto, by website or App, and submit the registration of the specimen found.
Photographic equipment and device with internet acess.