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Trying to engage the crowd in recording invasive alien species in Europe: experiences from two smartphone applications in northwest Europe

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  • Michael Sutton-Croft
  • Katy Owen
  • Johan van Valkenburg
  • Dave Kilbey
  • Quentin Groom
  • Carolin Ehmig
  • Florian Thürkow
  • Peter Van Hende
  • Katrin Schneider

External Organisations

  • Norfolk County Council
  • Nederlandse Voedsel- en Warenautoriteit, Nationaal Referentie Centrum
  • University of Bristol Computer Centre
  • Botanic Garden Meise
  • University of Potsdam
  • UMGEODAT Umwelt- und GeodatenManagement GbR
  • Proximus, Dept. Marketing and Communication
  • Coordination Centre for Invasive Plants in protected areas of Saxony-Anhalt at UfU – Independent Institute for Environmental Issues


Original languageEnglish
JournalManagement of Biological Invasions
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)215–225
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 10-Mar-2015


New technologies such as smartphone application software (apps) are increasingly used to reach a wider audience on the subject of invasive alien species (IAS) and to involve the public in recording them. In this paper we present two of the more recent smartphone applications for IAS recording in northwest Europe, the RINSE That’s Invasive! app and the KORINA app. We present an overview of available smartphone apps for IAS recording in Europe and address issues of data integration, data openness, data quality, data harmonisation and database
interoperability. Finally, we make some recommendations for future app design.

EWI Biomedical sciences

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  • biological recording, citizen science, early warning, app, smartphone, technology, data management
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