The smartphones mobility and its pervasiveness are beginning to transform practices in biodiversity conservation. The integrated functionalities of a smartphone have created for the public and biodiversity specialists means to identify, gather and record biodiversity data while simultaneously creating knowledge portability in the digital forms of mobile guides. Smartphones enable beginners to recreate the delight of species identification usually reserved for specialist with years of experience.
Works on Mobile Device
BIRG has developed several smartphone applications mainly catered for biodiversity purposes, such as species identification and species occurrence reporting. These applications are developed together with their respective websites to provide an easier interface for data management. In addition to that, we also developed apps that cater for disease monitoring and public health.
In order to promote biodiversity conservation, the identification of species process only involves specialist researchers, policy makers and respective stakeholders, whereas the general public involvement is very minimal and only limited to common minded enthusiast. With the development of this application, it allows knowledge sharing not only between people of the biology research community but also bridging to the general public, where it could create interest and awareness among the community.
Dengue is one of the most common vector-borne diseases reported in Malaysia with more than 10,401 cases in 2013. However, there is no comprehensive dengue reporting system that is available for public participation. We present DengueFeeds, a mobile and web-based reporting system that exploits the engagement of mobile devices towards the society. The prototype system which consists of a web-based management portal and a mobile application, allows users to report dengue incidents occurring in their areas.