Panda award win - congratulations to everyone on iSpot!

Panda award win - congratulations to everyone on iSpot! - Chile : [upload-images-purple_square_300] iSpot has won the coveted Panda Award, New Media category, presented at a glittering

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iSpot has won the coveted Panda Award, New Media category, presented at a glittering Wildscreen Festival Awards Ceremony in Bristol on 13 October.

“The Panda Awards are the wildlife and environment equivalent of the OSCARS,” says Jonathan Silvertown, Professor of Ecology in the Faculty of Science. “We are honoured to win in the new media category – this ranks iSpot as one of the best new media environment projects in the world.”

Of iSpot, the ARKive judges said: “The winner takes maximum advantage of what the internet uniquely affords users - being both participatory and collaborative. The judges loved the user generated content, and the fact that users are able to take an active role in the curation and validation of the content. A virtual community of interest putting amateurs in contact with experts in an unintimidating environment.”

Since launching in 2009 iSpot has helped over 6,000 users identify more than 28,000 observations of over 3,000 species from lichens to birds, including a first for Britain – the Euonymus Leaf-notcher moth discovered by the then six-year-old Katie Dobbins in Berkshire.

None of this can be done without the enthusiastic participation of the iSpot user community of course, so this award is a huge vote of thanks to everyone who has played a part in iSpot so far, whether by adding your observations, helping others learn about what they have seen, or representing one of our natural history society partners.

20 Oct 2010
Martin Harvey