We've discussed iphone apps a few times here at KMBRC, I think we've even suggested it to an app development company.
Kent Reptile and Amphibian Group have been developing an iphone app to let them collect field data easily but they already use mac database software which I think it is built on top of. It is very customised to the kind of surveying they do.
My ideal phone app would allow me to record by bringing up a screen with the date, lat/long location (and accuracy - my experience with geocaching is that this can vary wildly on the iphone, sometimes it's excellent, sometimes not) and optionally attach a photo.
It would have a taxon dictionary within it that could be browsed or searched (or would guess the name as you typed) and which worked on common and scientific names. If you wanted to market it at casual recorders like me (which I think would make most sense - dedicated recorders would most likely want something specialised) it would be good to have common species only in the dictionary, with an option to type in a species that wasn't in the list, or to mark it as unidentified and a chance to comment (e.g. see photos or specimen #).
You could have a few additional optional fields - count, sex, additional observers, comment etc.
An export into a text file (with a text photo file name) would be enough to get started, although obviously a wizzy download facility into spreadsheet, Recorder etc. would be lovely.
I see that AditTrec Recorder exists for PDAs/smart phones running Windows Mobile 5 and 6 (but won't be compatible with Windows Phone 7).
If some decent android recording apps come out then it would help sway me towards getting an android phone. I am in wait and see mode at the moment, using my old fashioned mobile and nicking my OH's iphone when he's not looking. Looking forward to seeing what the recording community can come up with. :D
An indicia-style thing sounds great, imagine LRCs and recording schemes being able to quickly being able to build custom apps for specific recording surveys and target audiences. :cool:
Teresa Frost | Wetland Bird Survey National Organiser | BTO
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