Rare Bird Alert Website

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Subject: Rare Bird Alert Website
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Fri, 30 Oct 2009 19:35:30 +1100
We already have the excellent Birdline system. It falls down in two places. One 
is getting the messages to your phone. Not a problem for the increasing numbers 
of people who have email access on their phones.

The other problem, as Rob mentioned is the delay in getting submissions 
accepted.  Often it waits till evening or Sunday night - the volunteer 
moderators can't be sitting ready 24 hours a day.

But there's another system, which I don't fully understand. You can log into 
Eremaea and register for updates on any species, and I think you can specify 
the region. When someone enters a survey in that region that includes any of 
those species, you get an email. I'm not sure, but I think this is immediate 
(i.e. it's not moderated).  If so, the only delay involved is the time it takes 
people to enter their data.

If this works as I described then all it needs is an email to SMS gateway to 
get most people connected to it.  Not sure if such things already exist, but 
I've worked with automated email processing and automated SMSing, I don't think 
it's that hard. The main problem would be how to charge people for the service.

Peter Shute

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