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Biolovision citizen science ecosystem documentation

The mobile application Naturalist and their web-based counterparts are digital tools that enable amateur naturalists and professionals alike to record and share in real time biodiversity data for large-scale studies on nature conservation and biodiversity monitoring. As in any other project based in citizen science, the free and voluntary participation of naturalists, as well as sharing the data collected, allows to build huge data bases in record times enabling scientists to act promptly against biodiversity loss. Besides, huge data bases allow more options and flexibility in the data collection process, which complement the scientific way of collecting data.

The tools can be used very simply by regular registered users for recording occasionally or by lists data in the field, sharing it with other users, or do it afterwards at home.

More specific and professional tools are also available, under some condition (like having a local portal and having local administrators), with a lot of specialized function like special tools for protocols, specific statistics, news and so on.

A majority of data and map restitutions are "live" ones, always renewed with the new data entered.

All products are developed by Biolovision Sàrl, based in Ardon, Switzerland.

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Dataflow between our tools

Web interface

Local portals

  1. Main interface
  2. Getting started
  3. My account: E-mail, password and Customisation
  4. Take part: Submitting records
  5. Protocols
  6. Projects*
  7. Editing records*
  8. Deleting records
  9. Browsing records*
  10. Exporting your data*
  11. Importing your data*
  12. Free area tool*
  13. Navigating the map*
  14. Codes and symbols*
  15. Species partially hidden*
  16. Geometry editor*
  17. Analysis*
  18. Gallery
  19. Sound player
  20. Modules*
  21. Profile*

  1. Introduction*
  2. Browsing records*
  3. Ephemeris*
  4. FAQ*

Mobile interface

NaturaList for Android

  1. Getting started
  2. Submitting records
  3. Protocols*
  4. Projects*
  5. Editing (and deleting) records
  6. Browsing records*
  7. Create an object*
  8. Sharing records*
  9. Sound recorder
  10. Navigating the map
  11. Shortcuts
  12. Additional information cheatsheet*
  13. Entering records from the gallery*
  14. Sharing the application
  15. Terms and conditions*
  16. Privacy policy*
  17. FAQ*

NaturaList for iOS

  1. FAQ*


  1. Summary of tutorials*


  1. Local portals and partners
  2. Data validation
  3. Glossary*
  4. Available languages
  5. Breeding evidence matching*
  6. Taxonomic references*
  7. Symbols cheatsheet*
  8. Rarity level


This section is designed to help administrators and users with special rights with the running of the local portal and its projects and protocols. Among others, administrators can:

  • publish news, advertise events
  • check and validate data
  • organise and add content in the website
  • create pre determined sites
  • assign projects and protocols to certain users
  • grant certain rights to certain users

All administrative functions work separately and not all administrators have access to all functions. For example, an administrator may be able to modify dessign and content on the home screen but may not be able to see hidden data or to grant users rights to protocols; whereas another administrator may have rights to parameter a specific protocol, create study sites on this protocol and assign sites to users, but may not be able to do the same for a different protocol; etc.

To become an administrator or have specific rights, contact the already existing administrator of your local portal stating which specific area you wish to have access to and your reasons to do so. Administration rights remain at the discretion of those already running the local portal.
To see all administrators of your local portal, and to contact them, go to Home screen on your local portal and follow Menu > Useful information > Help > Users access rights. Note: you need to be a registered user to access this information. Once you become an administrator or get special rights, your name will automatically appear in the list.

  1. Admin news
  2. Management of the agenda*
  3. Project management*
  4. QR Code management*
  5. Users administration*
  6. Species administration*
  7. Website administration*
  8. Protocol management
  9. Exporting data*
    1. Project management*

    1. Polygon analysis management*
  1. FAQ*


  1. Introduction*
  2. Reference*