Story featured in the Made in Countdown 2010 publication: The NatureGate® R&D together with the University of Helsinki created the NatureGate® Online Service, which can be used to identify species easily and rapidly, just by making observations of the specimen and clicking provided options accordingly. NatureGate® is designed to facilitate lifelong learning of sustainable use of biodiversity.
NatureGate® has taken about half a million excellent photos of species in their environment, written extensive texts, analysed observable critical characteristics of species and created and patented this unique identification tool (system and method). Through this system, citizens can identify species and learn about nature, while researchers can use the data to update distribution maps of individual species. NatureGate® is free, and currently enables the identification of the following species: wild flowers, trees and brushes, butterflies, birds and fishes. The NatureGate® R&D Group is working on expanding the Service to grasses, sedges, mushrooms, and beetles.
For more information please see the Countdown 2010 website.