New tools for monitoring
biodiversity and environments
Ed Baker
Natural History Museum
How can we do science when this..
…. becomes this .
What can we make machines do for
us?
What can we measure?
http://ubidots.wordpress.com/2012/01/28/the-internet-and-the-nature-of-things/
Can we put the environment online?
http://ubidots.wordpress.com/2012/01/28/the-internet-and-the-nature-of-things/
The Internet of Things
http://ubidots.wordpress.com/2012/01/28/the-internet-and-the-nature-of-things/
Do we have to become hardware
engineers as well now?
Do we have to become hardware engineers
as well now?
• I’d recommend it. It’s fun building stuff.
Do we have to become hardware engineers
as well now?
• I’d recommend it. It’s fun building stuff.
• Potential for collabor...
Do we have to become hardware engineers
as well now?
• I’d recommend it. It’s fun building stuff.
• Potential for collabor...
CITIZEN ENGINEERING?
Once again –
physics got
there first
Hackers and makers
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fumi/3546898731/
Take a microcontroller
Plug in ethernet and SD card
Add some sensors
Write some code
Environmental data to Scratchpads
In terms of hardware – it’s crude
In terms of hardware – it’s crude
But the data is good data
In terms of hardware – it’s crude
But the data is good data
It’s cheap (pretty much disposable)
What about academic collaboration?
You can listen for bush crickets
Can we automate this?
In Situ Acoustic Monitoring of
Biodiversity
Can we automate this?
Can we automate this?
Can we automate this?
Can we automate this?
Don’t stop there!
Don’t stop there!
• Add a GPS! Location, but also time
Don’t stop there!
• Add a GPS! Location, but also time
• Temperature, humidity, light levels
We can already do a lot if we
collaborate
We can already do a lot if we
collaborate
We need to think big in terms of
scope, scale and speed
You can put a plant on Twitter
Why not a whole forest?
You can track a domestic cat
Why not track hundreds of
individuals?
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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 community? Should we forge links with engineering departments? Should hardware become a standard tool of the biodiversity informatician?

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