Pl@ntNet, France

Case study Identity Card

Long title: Pl@ntNet platform, a citizen science initiative dedicated to plant identification and biodiversity monitoring.
Impact assessment: in itinere
Geographical coverage of the case: Worldwide ambition (South America, Europe, Africa, Asia). Up to date, concrete realizations in Europe and Indian Ocean
Research department: Bios
Research unit: Amap
Case study team: Pierre Bonnet (CIRAD, Amap), Timothée Morin (Cerdi, intern), Agathe Devaux-Spatarakis (CIRAD, innovation), Benoit Bertrand (CIRAD, Ipme), A. Joly (Inria, Zenith), S. Dufour-Kowalski (Inra, Amap), J. Carré (Tela Botanica), J.-f. Molino (Ird, Amap), N. Boujemaa (Inria Saclay), D. Barthélémy (CIRAD, Bios),
Years covered: 2003-…

Case study description

The innovation under study

Pl@ntNet is a human network based on an IT infrastructure enabling the identification, aggregation and sharing of botanical records on a massive scale. This initiative, which mobilizes various research institutions (in computer science, agronomy and ecology) and a wide network of naturalists (the Tela Botanica NGO), has over the past 3 years compiled tens of thousands of plant observations from within Europe. These illustrated observations are collected through web and mobile applications based on an image identification system, in which participants can share their observations with different levels of information. These botanical records are then collaboratively revised through two web applications, one dedicated to identification validation, the other dedicated to estimating image quality. Revised and or validated observations are then used for nightly updates of the plant identification database. This infrastructure (launch of mobile apps in February 2013) has been used by nearly 900,000 people worldwide.

Stakeholders

Stakeholders involved in the innovation process

Research stakeholders : CIRAD, Inria, Inra, Ird
Civil society stakeholders : Tela Botanica members
Institutional stakeholders :  Agropolis Fondation

Stakeholders impacted by the innovation process

Research stakeholders : LifeCLEF consortium, International computer scientists groups using pl@ntnet data.
Civil society stakeholders : Naturalists, Foresters, Educators, Students, Farmers, Guides, Hickers.
Institutional stakeholders :  Agropolis Fondation

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