Natusfera is born: the virtual platform that connects nature lovers from all over Europe
(http://natusfera.gbif.es/) provides a space to record and organize observations of nature, meet other enthusiasts and learn about the natural world.
The platform promotes the participation of a wide range of stakeholders such as hikers, citizen science associations, schools, NGOs, etc. Users can create their own projects
through Natusfera website. The goal is to raise awareness among those communities and learn about nature and biodiversity to encourage exploration, connecting the different
participants perceptions and sensibilities.
Natusfera is an easy-to-use open-source digital platform that does not require technical skills. It is available for everyone and allows users to upload, identify and sort photos
(and sounds) of the living things they find in nature and also to create personalized lists or projects. At the same time, the platform is a virtual network where users are connected
and help each other to identify species or fill multiple data projects. In addition, the platform enables users to enter their observations in a simple and intuitive way, using an Android
app that can be downloaded here. In the future, the data gathered by users in Natusfera will be available for query on the National Biodiversity Data Portal of GBIF.ES
Natusfera is an adaptation of iNaturalist, developed by CREAF (www.creaf.cat/es). It is funded by the Fundación Española
de Ciencia y Tecnología (www.fecyt.es), Obra Social "La Caixa" (www.lacaixa.es)
, Nodo Nacional de Biodiversidad en España, GBIF.ES (www.gbif.es) managed by the Real Jardín Botánico - CSIC (www.rjb.csic.es)
and the Instituto de Ciencias del Mar (www.icm.csic.es). The administration, coordination, maintenance and content management is carried out
by the CREAF and GBIF.ES.