Biodiversity Atlas – India provides a powerful natural history web-platform for taxon-specific, species-based biodiversity bioinformatics. Most data are contributed by amateur citizen scientists, photographers and professional scientists, and peer-reviewed and curated by advanced amateur naturalists and professional biologists.
(a) To provide a species-based bioinformatics platform that is designed for aggregating, displaying and analysing peer-reviewed biodiversity data. (b) To host stand-alone, taxon-specific natural history websites that give ownership and primary recognition of the websites, and the data generated thereunder, to contributing naturalists and taxonomists.
This is an advanced biodiversity informatics platform, home-grown and custom-made to serve native citizen scientists, and hosted in a national research institution. The focus is on collecting data on numerous aspects of species biology and therefore it is helpful in serving long-term goals of research and conservation.
No prior preparation or expertise is required, although prior experience will help contributors and users get more out of this platform. Thus, beginning as well as advanced naturalists, nature lovers, students and practicing scientists can participate in this project.