[Techtalk] Phenology/Citizen Science nature logging frameworks?

Conor Daly conor.daly-linuxchix at cod.homelinux.org
Mon Nov 2 09:35:28 UTC 2015

Have you seen the USA National Phenology Network ( https://www.usanpn.org/ ) 
and, specifically, their "Nature's Notebook" observing program?

While not running on open source software (as far as I can see) they
appear to have an open data policy.  

There is a significant, typically government-funded, phenology network
world-wide which will only be enhanced by citizen science contributions.
I don't know if that would suit you but it's worth considering


On Sun, Nov 01, 2015 at 04:19:15PM -0700 or so it is rumoured hereabouts, 
Akkana Peck thought:
> Has anybody worked with, or seen, an open source web package for
> logging nature observations, like noting what birds or other animals
> you see, when trees lose their leaves, when flowers bloom?
> I want to get more organized about recording details like that, but
> rather than just editing a CSV or text file on my own computer, I'd
> love to set up a website that other people could use. There are a
> lot of people where I live who use eBird for birds and email their
> flowers-in-bloom sightings to a mailing list, but there's no
> organized way of collating all that data and making it available.
> And I bet there are lots of people in other places who might use
> a site like that too.
> I wouldn't need lots of bells and whistles, mostly just a web
> framework where people could log in, set their location, and enter
> date, time, species, and their observations (maybe with a few other
> fields like how many of that species). Data analysis, maps,
> collations etc. would be great but that's fun stuff I could work
> on whenever; the important thing is starting to gather the data.
> Python strongly preferred, but I could live with PHP. I'd prefer
> to avoid Java.
> Any suggestions? And is anyone else interested in a project like this?
>         ...Akkana
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