More great apps are leveraging mobile technologies and GeoTech – take weed mapping for example! Online databases and new smartphone applications are making it easier than ever to track and map infestations of invasive weeds. New technologies are also making it easier than ever to capture and report information on the location of weeds so that online databases are more complete. One example: iPhone and Android applications have been developed by the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health at the University of Georgia in support of EDDMapS – an online Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System for invasive species.
Online weed databases are currently maintained by a variety of public agencies, organizations and educational institutions. Examples include:
- Global Invasive Species Information Network (http://www.gisin.org), administered by the National Institute for Invasive Species Science of the U.S. Geological Survey Fort Collins Science Center.
- iMapInvasives (http://www.imapinvasives.org), managed by The Nature Conservancy.
- Invasive Plant Atlas of the MidSouth (http://www.gri.msstate.edu/ipams), managed by the Mississippi State University Geosystems Research Institute.
- National Institute for Invasive Species Science Database (http://www.niiss.org), hosted by the U.S. Geological Survey Fort Collins Science Center.
- Plants of the United States (plants.usda.gov), managed by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.