…from BBC News…
“The EpiCollect software collates data from certain mobiles – on topics such as disease spread or the occurrence of rare species – in a web-based database. The data is statistically analysed and plotted on maps that are instantly available to those same phones.
“The approach is outlined in the open-access journal PLoS ONE. The software has been developed for so-called smartphones that run Google’s Android open-source operating system.
“Researchers can report back to the EpiCollect database with results from experiments they do in the field, and ‘citizen scientists’ can send back photos or videos of certain species from their own backyards.”