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The Wyoming Biodiversity Citizen Science Initiative

Project Dates: 1 July 2013 - 1 October 2015, Ongoing Maintenance - November 2015 - Present

Funding Sponsor: The University of Wyoming's Biodiversity Institute

Principal Investigator: Teal Wyckoff, Shannon Albeke

Other Personnel: Jason Writer, Robert Kirkwood

Website: Information is available from the Wyoming Biodiversity Citizen Science Initiative (WyoBio) website.

The WyoBio Application and website were released on July 25, 2014 (Phase I)

Phase II development will be completed June 30, 2015

Project Summary:

Citizen science brings together the public and professional scientists to gather data, conduct scientific analyses with focuses in public education, participation, and conservation.  The use of spatial technologies to view, interact with, and create spatial data is expanding in all directions, from its use in analysis applications in research to visualization of scientific data to public, policy and management.  This project is designed to bring together the integration of citizen scientists, the research community, and the tools for analysis and communication through spatial technologies and visualization.

The mission of The Wyoming Biodiversity Citizen Science Initiative (WyoBio) is to create a community of professional and non-professional scientists interested in Wyoming’s natural heritage. WyoBio will provide a visually stunning and scientifically rigorous forum for inquiry by enabling participants to input data, access and visualize data, and communicate among members.

Initial project development is being conducted as a partnership between the Biodiversity Institute, the Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center (WyGISC) and the Wyoming Natural Diversity Database (WYNDD).  WyoBio is a project devised by, and developed for, the Biodiversity Institute, a division of the Environment and Natural Resources Program at the University of Wyoming.  The Institute has contracted with WyGISC on the development of the online application. The Institute and WyGISC are also partnering with WYNDD as the data providers who host a wealth of existing species data. 

This project leverages the development of new partnerships (the new Biodiversity Institute with WyGISC and WYNDD) and the existing long term partnership between WyGISC and WYNDD.  This project will also include an advisory group made up of a variety of individuals representing existing public education and related groups around the state.  WyoBio is being planned as a set of modules that will be developed and released through time.  Additional data contributors and partners will be brought into the project at certain points throughout its development.

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