A new web-based tool developed by Move Creative enables people across Nebraska to have their questions answered by a unique group of experts at the University of Nebraska. The Digital Diagnostics Network was launched in the fall of 2015 to enable users to submit questions and photos about insects, trees, shrubs, grasses and more. Depending on the type of question, these questions will be dispatched to different experts in different disciplines.
Hundreds of questions have been submitted in the first few months of the site and UNL predicts a large influx of questions once Spring hits and people start needing answers to problems in their gardens and yards.
The tool is not only used by homeowners and commercial operators but is used in Extension offices throughout the state. When specimens are brought into the office, the staff will take high-resolution images of it, submit it to the Digital Diagnostics Network, and have it disseminated to the experts around the state. Responses from the experts typically take just a few days and are conducted over email.
This Spring, an accompanying app will be launched giving homeowners an easier way to quickly snap a photo and have it analyzed by a network of horticulture, entomology, and other experts.
To learn more about the Digital Diagnostics Network visit digitaldiagnostics.unl.edu.