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CS collaborators will need to have internet access and a computer with Google Earth installed. Local / regional knowledge will be an asset but is not essential. You do not need specialist knowledge of ostracods, but an interest in a relevant field such as freshwater biology, ecology or palaeontology would be helpful. You can be based anywhere in the world.
Nonmarine ostracods, tiny crustaceans with an excellent fossil record, are common in aquatic ecosystems. The Ostracod Metadatabase of Environmental and Geographical Attributes (OMEGA) facilitates access to global geographical and environmental distributional data for nonmarine ostracods, supporting applications in biodiversity auditing, biogeography and the calibration of species as fossil proxies for past environmental and climatic change. Citizen Scientists can help improve accuracy and coverage of datasets by adding, correcting and validating the geographical coordinates of localities.