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Ocean Sanctuaries' (oceansanctuaries.org) goal is to attempt the identification of Sevengill sharks (Notorynchus cepedianus) that may be returning to San Diego from year-to-year, using the pattern recognition algorithm provided in 'Wildbook,' a web-based application for wildlife data management, designed by Jason Holmberg. 'Wildbook' which has been successfully used to ID Whale Sharks (Rhincodon typus) by their spotting patterns. 1, 2

Sevengill sharks (Notorynchus cepedianus), are currently listed as Data deficient (DD) on the IUCN Red List: "This assessment is based on the information published in the 2005 shark status survey (Fowler et al. 2005). 3

The genesis of this project was the *apparent* increase of encounters and sightings reported by divers with this species in the San Diego area, from 2009 to the present, to provide a long-term population dynamics study to examine the possible reason for this, as well as to provide a baseline study for future researchers.

For specifics on our methodology, please see here: sevengillsharksightings.org/our-methodology-introduction/

1. whaleshark.org/
2. wildme.org/wildbook/doku.php
3. marinebio.org/species.asp?id=1521

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"In brief, citizen science stands to transform scientific research. To ensure integrity as it does, Citizen Science 2015 brings together scientists, volunteers, data managers, educators, and many others to addresses the frontiers, innovations, and challenges…


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"In brief, citizen science stands to transform scientific research. To ensure integrity as it does, Citizen Science 2015 brings together scientists, volunteers, data managers, educators, and many others to addresses the frontiers, innovations, and challenges that are common across the diverse disciplines using this research approach. Over 350 talks and posters will address, among other things, data management and visualization, STEM education, novel technologies, industry partnerships, and strategies for addressing issues of ethics and inclusivity in participation."

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