How to create Projects on iSpot

Projects are an exciting new feature on iSpot, and they allow you to set up and share a page that gathers together a set of observations for a place and the group of species that you are interested in.

To see the projects that have already been created go to the "Explore community" menu and choose Projects.

Using Projects on iSpot

Video guide to Projects

Watch the video for how to set up your Project, or read on for more detail below. We suggest you view the video by clicking on the 'full-screen' button, and for a clearer image increase the display settings to 720p (HD).

Creating your Project page

To create a Project yourself go to the "Add" menu and choose Project. This takes you to a page where you can set up your own project, giving it a title and, if you wish, a description ("Purpose") and an associated image (which could be a logo or a species photo, or a location photo etc.).

You can now set the filters that will be used to create your project. You can filter by location, or by species name or species group, or by user name or by the 'tags' (keywords) that can be added to iSpot observations. It is up to you how may filters you set; for instance, you could just set up a map filter to see all the observations for a particular location such as a nature reserve, or alternatively you could ignore the map and just set up a taxonomy filter for "Hoverfly" (or "Syrphidae") to see hoverflies from anywhere.

To set up a map filter for a particular area, you'll need to draw a boundary or "poygon" on the map. First of all, zoom in on the map to approximately the area that you are interested in. You can then use the mapping tools to draw your polygon:

Click on the map tools button to draw either a freehand shape, a circle, or a rectangle. Draw an area on the map that is suitable for your Project. Once you have completed the area, click on the 'hand' button (or if drawing a freehand shape simply double-click on your last point) to complete your boundary. If you have made a mistake you can use the hand tool to edit the boundary and correct it, by clicking on one of the white circles ('nodes') around the boundary edge. Or you can delete the boundary entirely and start again - to do select the hand tool, click somewhere inside your boundary, and then click on the trash can/rubbish bin icon that appears:

When using the hand button take care not to drag your polygon away from its original position - it's easy to do this by mistake if you click-and-drag.

The filters for species names etc. appear beneath the map box. You can choose to filter by iSpot main group ("birds", "plants" etc.) or by using the taxonomy from the species dictionary - this allows you to set a filter for a particular species or genus, and for many of the higher groupings (families, orders etc.) as well.

There are a few other settings that you may wish to adjust below the filters. For example, you can use the "URL path settings" to give your project page a more readable web address (URL). By default iSpot will create a URL that is the same as your Project title (but with dashes instead of spaces). If you would prefer a different URL (e.g. if your Project has a long title but you'd like a simpler one in the URL) you can use the URL path settings to type in "your_text" and iSpot will create a URL ending in “/project/your_text”. It is best to avoid spaces and “/” (forward slash) and “.” (full stop).

Once you have chosen all the filters and settings that you want, scroll down to Save your project. You will now see the project page, including any iSpot observations that match the filters. You can use the page address (URL) from the top of your web browser to send to other people if you want to share your proect more widely (anyone can see the project page, even if they are not registered on iSpot). And both you and other iSpotters can add comments to the project page, e.g. to give updates on how your project is progressing (e.g. if you are using it to build up a species list for a particular place).

How do I add an observation to a Project?

You don't need to do anything to add your observation to a particular project - observations get added to projects automatically if they fit the various filters. So if I have a Project that has filters set to include moths in Berkshire, that means that every time someone adds an observation of a moth for a location that falls within my boundary then that observation will automatically be shown on the project page (as well as in all the places on iSpot where it would normally appear).

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