Just wanted to correct some of the misunderstanding about the OPAL iSpot project and data!
iSpot's primary aim is to help people learn about wildlife, not to be an online recording system. However, the observations that get put on iSpot do have the data needed to form biological records, and we are keen that they are made available.
We don't export data direct to NBN, because although iSpot does encourage people to learn about data verification we don't regard the data as fully verified unless it has been approved by a recognised recording scheme. We are beginning to supply data to those recording schemes that wish to have it, about eight of them so far, but at the moment it is only semi-automated and it will be a while before the process happens in a quick way for a large number of schemes. We don't yet have the ability to auto-filter data geographically to supply to records centres, although we are open to requests for specific projects where there is a pressing deadline.
It's true that the only dataset to arrive on NBN explicitly from iSpot is that kindly collated by Tristan Bantock for the shieldbug recording scheme, but over the last 8 months or so we have supplied data to schemes including the UK Ladybird Recording Scheme, the Mammal Society, the British Dragonfly Society and several others, some of which may be on the gateway by now.
As ever, there are questions about the duplication between national schemes and LRCs if we send iSpot data to both, and also as a result of observations added to iSpot also being sent in direct to recording schemes. These issues are always going to be difficult to fully resolve, but we are in discussion with the Biological Records Centre about whether we can link up with the Indicia/iRecorder project to make data flows more efficient.
Going back to apps and mobiles, the keys on iSpot are available formatted for web-connected mobile devices (but only when online):
and we are currently trialling an app that will allow observations to be posted to iSpot from Android devices, with an iOS version to follow.