Purpose & History
NatureAtlas is a Web-based biodiversity geographic information system for desktops & laptops. It was launched in 2008 for instructors & students in field-oriented taxonomy courses. It's been expanded to give anyone (amateur or professional) the tools to map observations & photos of organisms, generate interactive biotic inventories & atlases, generate presentation-quality distribution maps, manage BioBlitz inventories, & explore biodiversity. Anyone, anytime, is welcome. One doesn't need to be part of any class or project to log on & add or search records. NatureAtlas was one of the first to serve geographically explicit natural history data on the Web and, today, remains unique in its educational mission to serve as a venue for the mentoring & training of computer science & biology students in application development & testing. Contact the James C. Parks Herbarium if you are interested in getting involved in its development or with a custom-portal that we can make for you.
Hardy NW, CR Hardy. 2016. NatureAtlas.org: exposing undergraduate computer science students to opportunities and applications in biodiversity informatics. 2016 World Congress on Engineering 1: 209-211 (ISBN: 978-988-19253-0-5).
Christopher R. Hardy (Founder, Coding & Design, Data Development, Art, Educational Purposing; 2007-current) &
Nazli W. Hardy (Cofounder, Coding & Design, Educational Purposing; 2007-current)
Additional Contributors to Coding & Design: Cameron Andrews (2016-17), Daniel Kral (2017), Andrew Bonsall (2013-14)
NatureAtlas V2.0 (September 15, 2017) works with all recent browsers, but Google Chrome is recommended. Avoid Internet Explorer - Microsoft has abandoned it, thus all IE versions are deprecated. Users of Windows XP may also experience issues with map control due to the fact that XP is a deprecated operating system which is not supported by Google Maps API employed here or the various web browsers.