Facing the environmental and natural challenges of the present, citizens play an increasingly important role in the field of biodiversity data. However, productively engaging with the data is complex, requires experience or scientific knowledge. That's why we created Organella, an experimental user interface that gives beginners playful, interactive and visual access to the world of GBIF.

Biodiversity for beginners

Organella is designed as a mobile application that invites anyone to discover biodiversity data.

Discover your surrounding

The starting point is a Organalla's map sphere which holds all occurrences in the immediate surrounding of the user's location.

Occurrences sharing the same geographical coordinates are displayed as a group and can be unfolded.

Selecting occurrences or elements of the map sphere provides additional contextual information from GBIF.

Cluster occurrences

Occurrences of interest can be dragged out of the map and grouped with others to create an experimental sphere.


Experimental spheres can be altered by pulling manipulators such as “Frequency” inside their inner circle.

Date of observation

This manipulator rearranges occurrences by their date of observation according to the dataset.

Natural habitat

By including additional data sources, species can be grouped by their natural habitat in comparison to their actual location.


The “Taxonomy” manipulator interactively unveils the taxonomic similarities of selected occurrences.

Expandable environment

Organella allows the creation of as many experimental spheres as needed.


This project was created in 2019 by Andrea Biedermann, Diana Gert, Dimitar Ruszev, Paul Roeder in the seminar “The Data Interface”, Prof. Boris Müller, University of Applied Science Potsdam, Germany.

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naturgucker.de. naturgucker. Occurrence dataset https://doi.org/10.15468/uc1apo accessed via GBIF.org on 2019-07-29.
iNaturalist.org (2019). iNaturalist Research-grade Observations. Occurrence dataset https://doi.org/10.15468/ab3s5x accessed via GBIF.org on 2019-07-29.