BioRaS portal is a thorough informative resource about Serbian wildlife and a sophisticated tool for harvesting field observations of animal, plant and fungus species collected by civil society in Serbia. It is a full featured citizens science initiative started by several organizations of the civil society in Serbia, harmonized with academic institutions and supported by the Netherlands Embassy in Belgrade. Organization of the data input, verification and ownership on the database is defined by the Agreement that is signed by seven Serbian naturalist organizations that formed an ad-hock consortium. New members are welcome. The system runs on telecommunication infrastructure of Petnica Research Center that they provide to us according their activities on supporting geospatial initiatives of civil society in Serbia. During 2014. the initiative was supported by the Serbian Ministry of agriculture and environmental protection.
The database is designed to maximize compatibility with accepted standards for storage primary species-occurrence data (Darwin core) and also to fulfill the educational requirements of the target groups – general public interested in nature. The database is built on number of interconnected tables (see the provided conceptual entity/relation model) and the portal’s engine is developed from the scratch using LAMP technologies. A separate application was developed for a thorough insight into the database and preparation of specialized reports – extra BioRaS.
The portal is open to the public. Visitors can register themselves and after a simple personalization procedure they are ready to share their observations from the nature. After a verification of the identification, completed by a nominated taxonomic group moderators, their data become a part of the database and appear in picture galleries, reports and maps. A mobile application was developed for android mobile devices that enables in-field insight into the database.
BioRaS portal - http://www.bioras.petnica.rs
Database viewer – http://extra.bioras.petnica.rs