It’s never been more important to track plant species worldwide. This is a chance to create a massive, global contingent of citizen scientists. Let’s empower garden visitors worldwide to become citizen scientists in their own communities. — BGCI
In December 2020, BGANZ joined forces with PlantSnap and BGCI, alongside American Public Gardens Association on the Global Citizen Science Initiative. Actively driving the project in AU and NZ since February 2021.
Dubbed “Shazam” for plants, PlantSnap is a technologically advanced, comprehensive and easy-to-use plant identification app.
With over 33 million downloads to date, it’s fast become a new and fun way for young and old globally to interact with nature in everyday life.
The app is a simple way for everyone to play a role in protecting and saving plants. Each photo snapped helps with learning, mapping and tracking of plants for future conservation projects and scientific research.
PlantSnap uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning Technology to gather data from users and train the app to recognise plant species. The technology “learns” to recognize many types of plants from photographs that are submitted by users into the apps database.
Currently translated in to 37 languages, identifying over 103K types of plants worldwide, with over 650,000 + plants and 325 million+ plant images in a searchable open-source database, PlantSnap is world’s largest source of geo-located plant photos.
Co-create world’s largest open-source database of geo-located plant photos
BGANZ member gardens are in a unique position to contribute plant database lists and associated images (if available) towards training the PlantSnap Mobile App AI in recognition of regional native plants.
Currently in the PlantSnap App most native Australia and New Zealand plants are underrepresented, as are any subspecies or hybrids or varietals.
Your Gardens plant data and image contribution to training the PlantSnap Mobile App will make a significant impact to the Apps capacity in identifying plants across our region.
PlantSnap can provide very accurate results, but it is also constantly learning and improving. The more photographs we can take to teach the app, the better the app becomes in recognising different plant species.
Fund botanic garden conservation initiatives
The more PlantSnap app downloads generated by this partnership, the more plant conservation projects can be funded, locally and globally.
Engage visitors to become Citizen Scientists for plant conservation initiatives
We can inspire and empower our gardens staff, volunteers, friends and visitors to become local (and global) Citizen Scientist.
A contingent of Citizen Scientists who are actively and directly engaged in mapping plants, helping build gardens resilience and contributing to local and global plant conservation.
Connect more people with nature in daily life
Give visitors a new way to explore your garden and learn more about your plants with PlantSnap, including full taxonomy, habitat, care, culinary and medicinal uses.
Give visitors an interactive experience
Allow visitors to learn more about your plants and get detailed information about the plant’s taxonomy, habitat, care, culinary and medicinal uses.
Offer visitors an easy to use and accurate tool to identify plants
Help visitors to continue getting to know plants all around them, everywhere they go in their daily life.
Show people that interacting with nature can be fun
Guides, volunteers, visitors young and old can interact with nature in a fun way.
Understand how people use your garden
Discover where people spend the most time in your garden and learn which plants and which parts of the garden are most popular.
Understand more about your visitors
Receive demographic information collected through the app.
Help more people discover your garden
As users travel nearby, they receive a notification and information about your botanic garden on your featured PlantSnap page.
Connect with those who love technology
Give them something interactive to do as they stroll the garden and beyond.
Collect photos of your plants taken by visitors
Get access to PlantSnap’s entire repository of plant photos.
Contribute to funding plants conservation projects in Australia and New Zealand, and globally
% of revenue generated by every download of the app across AU and NZ will be donated to fund plants conservation projects in Australia and New Zealand. Additional revenue will be donated to plant conservation projects worldwide, through BGCI’s Global Botanic Garden Fund.
Get involved, opt-in to the initiative
The initiative comprises of to two key components: Providing a Plant List + Promoting the App
BGANZ will work with you to provide your plant list to PlantSnap and later launch and market the app at your garden.
Be part of a global mission to conserve plants
We appreciate that across the network each organisations capacity and scope for involvement, will be different… we invite you to and encourage you to please get involved.
We will work with your advice on period and level of engagement, determined by your available time and resource.
Australia and New Zealand gardens working together with PlantSnap, BGCI and partners across the world will help to build an even more powerful plant identification and visitor engagement information tool.
The data collected by your organisation and Citizen Scientists you inspire will contribute to scientific research, improve plant conservation and preservation, and help build gardens resilience.
By joining in and contributing to the PlantSnap initiative you will help raises public awareness on the importance of plants and the role they play in our lives globally.
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PlantSnap is available on Apple App Store and Google Play