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iSpot and AI: FASTCAT-Cloud

FASTCAT-Cloud is an Artificial Intelligence (AI) service that uploads and analyses nature videos and pictures filtering to relevant images and recordings of wildlife activity to identify species names.

Developed by DynAIkon, it is part of Cos4Cloud a European Horizon 2020 project boosting citizen science technological services to help increase and improve the quantity and quality of observations.

The OU is also a Cos4Cloud partner and iSpotnature.org is one of the Cos4Cloud citizen observatories, focused on biodiversity and the environment, which are integrating and testing these services. In June 2022 we started progressing this part of our work testing the integration of FASTCAT-Cloud into iSpot.

Please note that FASTCAT-Cloud on iSpot makes suggestions only, it does not make identifications and does not gain iSpot reputation see iSpot Profile here. It is currently focused on UK & Ireland mammals only; other species groups will be introduced later.

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A webinar introducing some of the latest technological services developed for the citizen science community is being co-hosted by the Cos4Cloud project and the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) on Thursday, June 23rd at 10 a.m. BST / 11 a.m. CEST. Cos4Cloud is a European Horizon 2020 project supporting citizen science to help increase and improve the quantity and quality of observations The webinar will introduce two of the services developed: MOBIS and FASTCAT-Cloud.

iSpotnature.org is a Cos4Cloud citizen observatories integrating and testing these services and recently integrated the AI service FASTCAT-Cloud. Read more about it in this iSpot news story. you can register for the webinar directly here.