Multimedia Systems

, Volume 22, Issue 6, pp 751–766

A look inside the Pl@ntNet experience

The good, the bias and the hope
  • Alexis Joly
  • Pierre Bonnet
  • Hervé Goëau
  • Julien Barbe
  • Souheil Selmi
  • Julien Champ
  • Samuel Dufour-Kowalski
  • Antoine Affouard
  • Jennifer Carré
  • Jean-François Molino
  • Nozha Boujemaa
  • Daniel Barthélémy
Special Issue Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s00530-015-0462-9

Cite this article as:
Joly, A., Bonnet, P., Goëau, H. et al. Multimedia Systems (2016) 22: 751. doi:10.1007/s00530-015-0462-9

Abstract

Pl@ntNet is an innovative participatory sensing platform relying on image-based plants identification as a mean to enlist non-expert contributors and facilitate the production of botanical observation data. One year after the public launch of the mobile application, we carry out a self-critical evaluation of the experience with regard to the requirements of a sustainable and effective ecological surveillance tool. We first demonstrate the attractiveness of the developed multimedia system (with more than 90K end-users) and the nice self-improving capacities of the whole collaborative workflow. We then point out the current limitations of the approach towards producing timely and accurate distribution maps of plants at a very large scale. We discuss in particular two main issues: the bias and the incompleteness of the produced data. We finally open new perspectives and describe upcoming realizations towards bridging these gaps.

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexis Joly
    • 1
  • Pierre Bonnet
    • 2
  • Hervé Goëau
    • 3
  • Julien Barbe
    • 4
  • Souheil Selmi
    • 5
  • Julien Champ
    • 1
  • Samuel Dufour-Kowalski
    • 4
  • Antoine Affouard
    • 6
  • Jennifer Carré
    • 7
  • Jean-François Molino
    • 6
  • Nozha Boujemaa
    • 3
  • Daniel Barthélémy
    • 8
  1. 1.Inria, LirmmMontpellierFrance
  2. 2.CIRAD, AMAPMontpellierFrance
  3. 3.InriaSaclayFrance
  4. 4.Inra, AMAPMontpellierFrance
  5. 5.InriaRocuencourtFrance
  6. 6.IRD, AMAPMontpellierFrance
  7. 7.Tela-BotanicaMontpellierFrance
  8. 8.CIRAD, BIOSMontpellierFrance

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