Calling citizen scientists to save nature with a database

Read the full story in the Irish Times.

Work, life and values seem to be happily, even enviably, intermeshed for Liam Lysaght, director of the National Biodiversity Data Centre.

Seated at his desk at the centre, a large bungalow in Carriganore, Co Waterford, he is at the centre of a vast web of complex information on the status of the species in our environment, from lichen and mosses to robins and whales.

The centre has so far collated 3,500,000 records from the historical and contemporary research of dozens of organisations and hundreds of specialists, professional and amateur. It has augmented this knowledge with a remarkable 500,000 new records from 6,000 (and counting) citizen scientists that flow in daily. The threshold of a half million personal contributions was passed this summer, dovetailing nicely with the centre’s 10th birthday.

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