Tiger Conservation May Come Down to Tagging Their Photos Facebook-Like
Wildsense Tigers helps researchers through crowdsourced categorization of thousands of crowdsourced images of the felines
Tigers are now so badly endangered that there are only between 3,000 or so individuals left in the wild. But now, with so many amateur nature photographers running around, we also have another tool with which to keep track of the tiger population: photography. Wildsense Tigers is an iPad app that gamifies the crowdsourcing of data, offering rewards and a fun interface to users willing to help researchers wade through thousands of tiger photos.
The app, which was set up by Aaron Mason and Paul Krause from University of Surrey, uses a variety of different photo types, like those taken through camera traps, as well as ones extracted from the web through data mining.