What is the difference between iNaturalist and Seek by iNaturalist?

Modified on Thu, 30 Nov 2023 at 02:53 PM


iNaturalist (app and website)Seek (app)
iNaturalist is an online community that allows you to share observations to discuss, identify, and create research-quality citizen science data for science and conservation.Seek allows curious naturalists of all ages to earn badges and participate in challenges to observe organisms with on-screen identification using computer vision for identifications based on data from iNaturalist.
Best choice if you want to connect with others, share data, and are interested in natural history and contributing to citizen scienceBest choice if you do not want to create an account or share data, or are just getting started exploring nature
Users must be 13 or older to make an accountNo login or account required, kidsafe. Users aged 13+ or with parent’s permission can optionally log in with their iNaturalist account and post observations to iNaturalist through Seek
iNaturalist’s identification model provides initial suggestions, but other people in the iNaturalist community help you identify and confirm your observationsSeek’s identification model provides an identification in real-time on screen
Records observations as biodiversity data that contribute to citizen scienceThis identification does not leave your device or require an internet connection to work
Photo, location, and time are recorded with each of your observations in the iNaturalist databaseNo personally identifiable information is collected from users who do not log in with their iNaturalist account

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