OpenBioMaps is a framework for open access biological databases. The objective of openbiomaps.org project is toestablish a framework for developing open and free biological databases (with spatial and taxonomical attributes) specifically for scientists and conservationists.
The Android application developed by the IoT Research Institute allows users to insert data into the database from a mobile device, which makes field work easier as the observations can be recorded immediately. This helps to avoid documenting events twice, which has the hazard of making mistakes or missing out crucial information. During data collection free form text comments, audio recordings and photos can be attached to each record, which includes the exact position and time of the observation, taking advantage of the positioning capabilities of the mobile device. The application might be used without internet connection in which case the data is stored on the device itself and later, when the device is connected to the web, new data is synchronized automatically to the database servers. The software can export data which is stored on the mobile device, which allows users to process them with other tools as well.
By implementing the application, the accession of Eszterhazy Karoly University of Applied Sciences to the OpenBioMaps consortium has been started. The current partners of the consortium are:
University of Debrecen
Duna-Ipoly National Park Directorate
Eotvos Lorand University
World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) Hungary