Hello iNaturalist community.
While searching open source community for a backend for the project I will describe later I stumbled upon https://www.ontario.ca/page/reporting-wild-pigs-ontario service which uses iNaturalist platform.
I am new here, have to check the whole system, the app, but from the first read it seems to be a good platform to host a following project:
Wild Boar Alert for visually impaired persons
In my city (Olsztyn, Poland) wild boars are a real problem. They visit the whole city and because of ASF regulations they cannot be put in the truck and be driven back into the woods, where they belong. Wild boars are coming here in herds and are very dangerous for visually impaired persons using assisting dogs or walking with cane. Such case was described in local press (articles are in Polish, but automatic translation is good):
After reading those articles I thought about using a service of some sort (open source is the best) to create a project which will:
- allow people to report sightings with media attachements (no spammers)
- have a community who can swiftly verify the reports (Quality Data is important)
- have an API, which can be used to send Alerts to visually impaired subscribers, WCAG compatible
What do you, iNaturalist users, think about it? Are there any potential volunteers in the community to help out? You would not need to be living in my city to help identify the boars in the reports.
I will try to create a project similar to the Ontario one in few days and experiment with real data - observations of boars by myself, check the accessibility of the service, maybe experiment with the API calls.
Will report my findings in this thread.
Thanks in advance for your feedback.