We are pleased to inform you the release of BIOTA - The Biodiversity App. The application was developed at the C V Raman Laboratory of Ecological Informatics, Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management - Kerala (IIITM-K).
Although BIOTA is envisioned as a holistic biogeography App; the released version focus on invasive plant species. Foresters, ecologists and researchers will be able to use BIOTA to report presence of invasive species as they come across. They are only required to collect a photo of species observed using their smart phone. BIOTA will geo-flag the information on Google Map in real time. The data concurrently gets appended on to a dedicated database.
BIOTA can be downloaded from Google Play Store. The current version (1.0) will work on Android devices. It was developed and demonstrated as a part of National Biodiversity Conference 2017 in February 2017 at Trivandrum, India.
Widespread adoption of the App is expected to plug a big gap in species modeling and thereby aid biodiversity conservation. In subsequent releases we look forward to make BIOTA more intelligent and include more species.