Engaging the broader community in biodiversity research: the concept of the {COMBER} pilot project for divers in {ViBRANT}

TitleEngaging the broader community in biodiversity research: the concept of the {COMBER} pilot project for divers in {ViBRANT}
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsArvanitidis, Christos, Sarah Faulwetter, Georgios Chatzigeorgiou, Lyubomir Penev, Olaf Bánki, Thanos Dailianis, Evangelos Pafilis, Michail Kouratoras, Eva Chatzinikolaou, Lucia Fanini, Aikaterini Vasileiadou, Christina Pavloudi, Panagiotis Vavilis, Panagiota Koulouri, and Costas Dounas
Journal{ZooKeys}
Volume150
Pagination211–229
Date Publishednov
Abstract

This paper discusses the design and implementation of a citizen science pilot project, {COMBER} {(Citizens’} Network for the Observation of Marine {BiodivERsity}, http://www.comber.hcmr.gr), which has been initiated under the {ViBRANT} {EU} e-infrastructure. It is designed and implemented for divers and snorkelers who are interested in participating in marine biodiversity citizen science projects. It shows the necessity of engaging the broader community in the marine biodiversity monitoring and research projects, networks and initiatives. It analyses the stakeholders, the industry and the relevant markets involved in diving activities and their potential to sustain these activities. The principles, including data policy and rewards for the participating divers through their own data, upon which this project is based are thoroughly discussed. The results of the users analysis and lessons learned so far are presented. Future plans include promotion, links with citizen science web developments, data publishing tools, and development of new scientific hypotheses to be tested by the data collected so far.

URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.150.2149
DOI10.3897/zookeys.150.2149