15 000 Determinations

15 000 Determinations - Southern Africa : Today - 24 April 2012 - someone posted our 15 000th determination on iSpot! Determinations are the heart of iSpot and what makes it so unique. * It frees the experts to allow other people to make identifications, while at the same time allowing them

Today - 24 April 2012 - someone posted our 15 000th determination on iSpot!

Determinations are the heart of iSpot and what makes it so unique.
* It frees the experts to allow other people to make identifications, while at the same time allowing them to check on progress and mentor keen enthusiasts. It also allows astute novices to challenge experts and thus learn fast-track the tricks of the trade.
* It encourages communities of users sharing a common interest to explore and learn and teach and empower themselves to better understand their subjects.
* It allows novices to propose identifications, that the more experienced can comment on, agree with, or propose alternative identifications to, thus allowing interactive learning and exploring (and documenting!) of species, their taxonomy, their history of discovery, their past, their ecology and behaviour, and their future.

Thanks to everyone who has made a determination and thus contributed to achieving this goal.

Determinations provide answers (or suggestions) on one hand, and training on the other. It is not only experts that can identify - anyone can, and in the process take the first step in the leap towards becoming an expert.

If you have not yet made an identification, or clicked on "I agree" then now is the time to start.

I am sure that you will agree: identifying and agreeing on iSpot is fun!

24 Apr 2012
Tony Rebelo