iSpot

I believe iSpot is a good example of where technology is supporting ‘learning communities’ and citizen science where participation is¬†captured for the benefit of all and the actual subject. It’s innovativeness lies in using both experts and novice naturalists to discover and identify species and fauna with uploading of pictures and easy ways to verify ¬†classifications. Traditionally experts and laymen have not shared spaces as such as explained by Bonney et al. (2009).

iSpot supports innovativeness as it supports the challenge of utilising the amount of data that is being collected to inform/educate its community.

Reference:http://bioscience.oxfordjournals.org/content/59/11/977.full