Cos4Bio is a co-designed, interoperable and open source service that collects biodiversity information from multiple citizen observatories in one place, allowing experts to save time in the species identification process and facilitating access to a large number of observations of biodiversity from a single site.
Cos4Bio is available on the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) and complies with the FAIR data principles, it is searchable, accessible, interoperable and reusable.
Cos4Bio has been developed by Bineo Consulting SL within the European Horizon 2020 Cos4Cloud project, whose main objective is to improve the technologies of citizen observatories to help them increase the quantity and quality of observations and, finally, help guarantee their viability. long-term.
Although Cos4Bio does not require registration, it does give visibility to the contribution made by each expert, allowing them to share their profile with information on the identifications and comments they have made, their searches and downloads.
In Cos4Bio you can find the biodiversity observations of the citizen observatories integrated in the Cos4Bio service, such as PlantNet or Natusfera, to facilitate access to the information it is possible to apply different search criteria and filters, such as species, observatory, quality, location , date…
Cos4Bio is aimed at expert users or users with knowledge of biodiversity, who want to collaborate by providing information on the species that citizens have registered in the different observatories. They will be able to comment and identify species, although the final validation will always be done at the citizen observatory following the validation criteria that it has established.
Cos4Bio is a service that allows experts to consult biodiversity information from multiple citizen observatories from a single place. From Cos4Bio you can:
Apply different criteria to filter or search the information such as: species, location, citizen observatory, quality of the observation or date.
See the detail of an observation, make comments and identify the species.
View and share my user profile in Cos4Bio, comments made, downloads, identifications provided.
Download Biodiversity data sets from Citizen Science in a standard format.
No, but the data download includes the URL of the image hosted in its respective Citizen Observatory, in which the Terms and conditions of use of those images are defined. It is possible to search for images that can be downloaded by filtering in Cos4Bio by type of license and selecting those more permissive such as CC0, CC-BY or CC-BY-SA, but the download would be done from the Citizen Observatory in which the observation was published.
In the observation page you can see the detail, where the following information appears: image, date of publication in the citizen observatory, how many comments it has, if there is more than one image in the same publication, name of the citizen observatory of which comes the observation and coordinates. At the bottom in the search bar you can indicate the name of the species and in the text box add any comments you want. Finally, the "Send" button appears to save the changes made, these will be automatically updated in the citizen observatory where the observation was published.
Cos4Bio uses the species list defined by GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility) known as Gbif backbone that contains more than 3 and a half million accepted names of species worldwide, and that allows us to unify the list of species from the different observatories.
When an observation has been identified in Cos4Bio, this information is updated in the portal of the citizen observatory where it was published, waiting for its final validation according to the algorithm defined in each observatory (in some cases these validation algorithms require a certain degree experience, but in others several identifications of the same observation are required to definitively validate it). This allows to increase the degree of quality of the observations present in the Citizen Observatories integrated in Cos4Bio.
In the following link you will find all the information related to the Cos4Bio API
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