The main result of our project was the creation of a quyerable database that automatically cleans, organizes, and standardizes CINMS citizen science data. This database formats all of the information collected through two mobile phone apps, Spotter Pro and Whale Alert, into national repository standards.
Our database can be directly imported into geographic information systems software for visual and statistical analysis, which can help our clients at the Sanctuary fulfill their mandate to protect endangered species by analyzing trends through time.
One of the most interesting functionalities of our database is its ability to be queried. Users can use simple code to get immediate answers to questions of interest. The questions you can ask the database can vary from simple, like the example above, to more complex, geospatial, and specific. The answers to these questions can help our client better fulfill their mandate, and can directly contribute to the protection of endangered whales in the SBC.
Our database can be used to create models and run analysis that can be the basis for conservation plans and other management decisions. This example conservation plan was written by two of our team members using the information from our database.