Records submitted by various methods (see Recording) find their way onto online publicly accessible databases. In the UK this is the NBN Atlas which periodically submit data to the international GBIF1 Other countries submit data to GBIF via their own institutions. iNaturalist is an international online recording system which also submits to GBIF.
Atlases from Recording Schemes
The UK Recording Schemes were set up to facilitate the study of particular groups. Relying upon the enthusiasm of naturalists, they act as focus points for recording, taxonomic & ecological studies and biogeography using a wide range of tools & methods. All of them have some interest in the wider European context.
- Turnhout, E., Lawrence, A., & Turnhout, S. (2016). Citizen science networks in natural history and the collective validation of biodiversity data: Data Validation in Natural History. Conservation Biology, 30(3), 532–539. http://doi.org/10.1111/cobi.12696