Dave Kilbey - Nature Locator

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Presentation delivered by Dave Kilbey, University of Bristol, as part of the Apps for Engagement Session at Communicate 2012: Breaking Boundaries.

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Dave Kilbey - Nature Locator

  1. 1. Dave Kilbey – Service Manager
  2. 2. What we do• Work with researchers and organisations to engage the public with data collection – Design bespoke smartphone applications – Innovate to take the technology in new directions – Provide data visualisation tools to enhance feedback
  3. 3. Projects Includehttp://planttracker.naturelocator.org/ http://leafwatch.naturelocator.org/
  4. 4. The Products
  5. 5. How the basics work Lat/Long obtained via phone’s GPS in the field Normal accuracy between 2 and 8m 51 0.1 .391 70 709 12 36 743, Photo + 57 - Metadata
  6. 6. Making a difference…
  7. 7. Some Stats• Leaf Watch – 12,500 app downloads – 6,000 records in first 3 months of project – Featured on the One Show, in the Sunday Times…• PlantTracker – 2,500 downloads – 1,600 records of invasive species since Aug 2012 – Appearance on BBC Countryfile – Data has already enabled early intervention – Cost saving to the Environment Agency
  8. 8. Why it works• Immediacy• Minimal effort• Usability (paramount for public engagement)• It appeals to the “geek” in us• I can use my phone to do something useful…• The apps are informative• Feedback loop
  9. 9. Innovation• BatMobile (https://batmobile.blogs.ilrt.org/) – A JISC funded project to automatically ID UK bat species using a phone app – Lots of challenges – Exciting potential It will hopefully be a bit more hi- tech and useful than my other one…
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  11. 11. Questions d.kilbey@bristol.ac.ukhttp://naturelocator.org/

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