Wildlife monitoring: Lure gamers into citizen science

Journal name:
Nature
Volume:
537,
Page:
488
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DOI:
doi:10.1038/537488e
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Ecologists who are interested in using Pokémon Go to find new species (see Nature 535, 323324 (2016) and F. de Oliveira Roque Nature 537, 34; 2016) could also adopt the gameplay concept to set up wildlife-monitoring schemes that are fun for the public.

Laboratories cannot afford to hire millions of field assistants worldwide. A virtual platform could provide such a facility for free. Huge amounts of data can be gathered by video gamers, with the potential to engage with environmental issues on a much bigger scale.

These citizen scientists would also acquire a heightened awareness of natural history, taxonomy and contemporary environmental concerns.

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  1. University of Zurich, Switzerland.

    • Rassim Khelifa

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