NatureMapr is powered by an incredible community of expert, human moderators who provide their time and expertise to provide formal identification of uploaded records.
Moderators are crucial to the veracity of the biodiversity data produced on the NatureMapr platform.
NatureMapr moderators range from internationally recognised experts to school children who have learnt to formally identify particular species through practise and repetition over time.
NatureMapr's citizen science workflow alerts and invites relevant expert moderators to participate in the identification of a record as it arrives in the platform.
While general community members can freely make ID suggestions and participate in discussion, only relevant expert moderators with appropriate qualifications, experience and trust may formally confirm the identification of a record.
NatureMapr's first expert human moderator, Dr Michael Mulvaney, was a formally trained ecologist with decades of experience identifying and differentiating thousands of plant and animal species in the field as an ACT Government Senior Conservation Officer. Dr Mulvaney's extensive trusted professional network largely formed the basis of the original group of NatureMapr expert human moderators.
NatureMapr includes two types of moderators:
Moderators curate sightings uploaded to NatureMapr with the goal of formally identifying and confirming the species of every record.
Moderators for particular wildlife groups tend to operate as informal teams, with discussions and opinions on correct identifications often shared as comments on NatureMapr, so that the entire community can benefit from the discussion.
A NatureMapr contributor may be granted the expert, human moderator privilege if they:
First and foremost, moderators are volunteers. It is vital that moderators only participate at a level that is comfortable to them.
Moderation is an enjoyable and rewarding activity where experts gain satisfaction in the benefit in sharing their knowledge with the community.
If moderation becomes too onerous, regional administrators should be informed that more assistance is required within a given category or location.
NatureMapr's non-human AI based moderator, CarbonAI, is trained and closely supervised by the expert moderator community.
CarbonAI's primary role is to support NatureMapr's human moderators and to protect their extremely valuable and limited time.
For this reason, CarbonAI primarily makes automated ID suggestions, in order to fast track the full workflow so there are less steps for busy expert human moderators to complete.
You can apply to become a moderator by clicking "Become a moderator" on any of the categories or locations that you are interested in.
Your interest will be very welcome and our team may ask you to provide evidence of your qualifications, experience, demonstrated track record or interest in the particular category or location.
If you decide to join us as a moderator, you will be assisted by other moderators and regional administrators to learn the role at your own pace.
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