A new interactive application
The application will be developed on base of two already existing apps and combine the advantages of both Rockd and FossilFinder.
The application will allow users to upload fossils and their data (e.g., locality/GPS-data, measurements, preservation) and get identification by volunteering experts. Improvements will be continuously and in collaboration with the FAU’s Pattern Recognition Lab. This will allow to gradually move to automated identification of fossil specimens.
Amateurs will enjoy fossil identification – FossilDiscovery will have an implementation of a reward-based system of expertise.
The application will also allow the professional scientific community to use verified data to study (regional) biodiversity patterns – thus, FossilDiscovery will be true citizen science and will create a network of amateur and professional paleontologists.