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New tools for monitoring biodiversity and environments

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How do we do science when the computer of 15 years ago now fits in your pocket and costs less than the battery you need to run it? Should biodiversity scientists work with the hacker and maker …

How do we do science when the computer of 15 years ago now fits in your pocket and costs less than the battery you need to run it? Should biodiversity scientists work with the hacker and maker community? Should we forge links with engineering departments? Should hardware become a standard tool of the biodiversity informatician?

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  • This is what Vince’s office would like if he was good at making physical things.
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    • 1. New tools for monitoring biodiversity and environments Ed Baker Natural History Museum
    • 2. How can we do science when this..
    • 3. …. becomes this .
    • 4. What can we make machines do for us?
    • 5. What can we measure? http://ubidots.wordpress.com/2012/01/28/the-internet-and-the-nature-of-things/
    • 6. Can we put the environment online? http://ubidots.wordpress.com/2012/01/28/the-internet-and-the-nature-of-things/
    • 7. The Internet of Things http://ubidots.wordpress.com/2012/01/28/the-internet-and-the-nature-of-things/
    • 8. Do we have to become hardware engineers as well now?
    • 9. Do we have to become hardware engineers as well now? • I’d recommend it. It’s fun building stuff.
    • 10. Do we have to become hardware engineers as well now? • I’d recommend it. It’s fun building stuff. • Potential for collaboration outside of biology
    • 11. Do we have to become hardware engineers as well now? • I’d recommend it. It’s fun building stuff. • Potential for collaboration outside of biology • Take citizen science somewhere new: citizen engineering
    • 12. CITIZEN ENGINEERING?
    • 13. Once again – physics got there first
    • 14. Hackers and makers http://www.flickr.com/photos/fumi/3546898731/
    • 15. Take a microcontroller
    • 16. Plug in ethernet and SD card
    • 17. Add some sensors
    • 18. Write some code
    • 19. Environmental data to Scratchpads
    • 20. In terms of hardware – it’s crude
    • 21. In terms of hardware – it’s crude But the data is good data
    • 22. In terms of hardware – it’s crude But the data is good data It’s cheap (pretty much disposable)
    • 23. What about academic collaboration?
    • 24. You can listen for bush crickets
    • 25. Can we automate this?
    • 26. In Situ Acoustic Monitoring of Biodiversity
    • 27. Can we automate this?
    • 28. Can we automate this?
    • 29. Can we automate this?
    • 30. Can we automate this?
    • 31. Don’t stop there!
    • 32. Don’t stop there! • Add a GPS! Location, but also time
    • 33. Don’t stop there! • Add a GPS! Location, but also time • Temperature, humidity, light levels
    • 34. We can already do a lot if we collaborate
    • 35. We can already do a lot if we collaborate We need to think big in terms of scope, scale and speed
    • 36. You can put a plant on Twitter
    • 37. Why not a whole forest?
    • 38. You can track a domestic cat
    • 39. Why not track hundreds of individuals?

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