24/06/2014 - Article
The unique mobile plant identification app Pl@ntNet, which was launched a year and a half ago, is proving to be a big success. And that success looks set to continue with the many improvements made recently: availability on Android, translation into several languages, availability on social networks, optimized navigation, etc.
How many times have you asked yourself, when out walking, what was the name of a plant or species seen along the way? The answers to your questions can be found in the Pl@ntNet* mobile app, available on the web or for smartphones.
The app was launched a year and a half ago and is now available for both iPhones and Android. It is a collaborative encyclopaedia aimed at collating and identifying the flora of metropolitan France. It provides keys to photographic recognition and a visual catalogue structured by family, genus and species. The app also helps contribute to the project's development. After setting up an account within the app, users can publish their own photos, with or without specifying the plant concerned.
And the app has proved a great success, with more than 185 000 downloads to date, including 80 000 in the past two months. It is not unusual for more than 3500 people to hook up with the app over the course of an average Sunday. Moreover, the app now includes more than 4000 species illustrated by over 94 000 images. These figures have been multiplied almost fivefold since its launch, thanks to date sharing, notably through a partnership with the Tela Botanica association and date recorded directly by users after outings.
Since its launch, the app has seen several improvements:
Lastly, data collected via the app go through a collaborative review stage, which guarantees optimum data quality , since those data are constantly assessed. Using these tools, those observations that have not been determined by contributors can benefit from suggestions from users, which are then sent to the contributors.
In view of its success the app was recently awarded a silver medal for collaborative research at the 2014 Futur en Seine festival.
Its new functions are to be presented at the Fête de la biodiversité in Montpellier on Wednesday 25 June (afternoon)