The Lucid team recently published an article in the Spring 2017 issue of Wildlife Australia Magazine that focuses on Citizen Science. The article describes the increasing use of the Lucid Mobile platform for producing “Nature apps” to help identify rainforest plants, fungi, reptiles and insects. You can purchase a hard copy of the Spring 2017 in which this article appears from the Wildlife Australia website (http://www.aws.org.au/magazine/) or a digital version from
The Lucid mobile platform has a range of additional features and functionality beyond identification, such as the reporting facility mentioned above. Working with The University of Queensland and the Gold Coast City Council a new mobile app will be developed. The koala population in South East Queensland is declining at an alarming rate due to various threats like diseases and trauma from car strikes or dog attacks.
The app will help monitor and save koalas by contributing valuable research data and conservation information through the KoalaSAFE project. The KoalaSAFE project will establish a centralised observations database for koalas in South East Queensland. The app will allow citizen scientists and wildlife monitoring staff to report and upload incidental and systematic sightings of koalas. Analysis of the sightings data will allow the identification of temporal and spatial trends of risks for disease, injuries and mortality and quantification of habitat use by koalas.
Wattle: Acacias of Australia is currently being upgraded and will be released as a Lucid mobile app early next year.
Snake Id mobile app. This new app is almost ready for release and is undergoing final testing.
Tomato, capsicum, chilli and eggplant: A field guide for the identification of insect pests, beneficials, diseases and disorders in Australia and Cambodia by the NSW Department of Primary industries, will be released as a Lucid mobile app early next year.
Insect orders Lucid mobile app has undergone an upgrade, adding additional information and fact sheets.
This key is designed for anyone who has an interest in finding out about the plants and fungi of South Western New South Wales. It now includes 1,100 species, accompanied by over 3,000 images.
This key covers 48 species of common insects that affect bamboo crops. This key is available in Mandarin and shows the multilingual capabilities of Lucid and the Lucid Mobile platform.
SPIKEY: An interactive key to Triodia spinifex grasses of the Pilbara, Western Australia is an interactive identification tool covering all of the hummock grasses (the genus Triodia) colloquially known as ‘spinifex’ that occur in the Pilbara bioregion and adjacent areas of Western Australia. This key covers a total of 28 species and one hybrid, about one-quarter of the species in the genus Triodia, using 28 features. This is an important update; about half of the species treated are recently described, and are not covered by earlier synopses of Triodia. Triodia are the dominant plants and a major restoration target in arid zone hummock grasslands, an ecosystem covering 18% of Australia, and correct identification is critical to successful restoration and rehabilitation. This app is intended to be used by land managers, rehabilitation practitioners, botanical consultants, seed collectors, identification botanists and anyone curious about Triodia.
Authors: Matthew D. Barrett, Benjamin M. Anderson, Kevin R. Thiele
Mobile Apps available at:
Google Play Store and Apple iTunes
The Lucid Mobile platform continues to evolve at a rapid pace. Recently several new exciting features have been added, which will be available in the future for those wishing to deploy their keys as mobile Apps.
- Users now have the ability to save their identification sessions and reload them at a future time.
- The Lucid App can now open other Lucid based Apps, allowing keys (Apps) to be daisy chained (e.g. as sub keys).
- This allows users to install keys that they are interested in. The first example of this is the SANBI Keys – See the Keys listing on www.lucidcentral.org for more information on this.
- The Lucid Mobile App image viewer has been updated to include more features.
User registration can now be added to your key, along with licence requirements, if required.
A mobile App edition of your key could make it more accessible and convenient for use by your target audience since most Lucid Mobile Apps are fully downloaded onto an Android or iOS device and can be used anywhere, without the need for Wi-Fi or 3 or 4G connection.
For example, our Insect Orders app has been installed on over 80 thousand devices! Lucid based mobile Apps consistently receive high ratings and very positive user feedback.
Identic currently provides a service for those who want their Lucid Mobile keys to be available either as a free app or as a commercial product. We prepare keys for conversion and manage the process for making the App available via the Google Play Store and Apple iTunes. The cost of this service depends on how much work is required to convert the key and content along with what feature options are selected that are now available in the Lucid Mobile platform.
We recognise that it’s sometimes difficult raising up-front costs for this service, so we are offering Lucid Key developers an alternative option.
Identic is prepared to consider converting your key to an App at no cost, provided you agree to a small fee being charged to the user for downloading the App. Once Identic has recovered the agreed cost of conversion from sales of the App, you (or your institution) as the key author would then get 60% of the net revenue from sales, once Google/iTunes fees have been deducted.
If you are interested in exploring this further, please contact Matt Taylor (firstname.lastname@example.org).
When Lucid was first developed almost 20 years ago, the main focus was on capturing the expertise of taxonomists to develop Lucid-based, interactive identification tools for a range of different organisms and users. More recently, the range of applications of Lucid has broadened. In particular, agronomists and plant protection experts have been using Lucid to develop diagnostic tools for use by advisors and farmers to help determine the cause of crop disorders and what to do about them.
The MyCrop (https://www.agric.wa.gov.au/mycrop) team within the Western Australian Department of Agriculture and Food has developed a series of interactive tools to bring “crop diagnostics to the paddock”.
Developed by the Identification Technology Program in APHIS/USDA, in collaboration with Chadron State College, University of Nebraska, Colorado State University, and Colorado State Plant Health Director’s Office.
Available on Android and iOS