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Introduction to COBWEB - Chris Higgins, COBWEB

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Higgins, C. 2014. Introduction to COBWEB. Presentation as part of the COBWEB Workshop, 22nd May 2014, y Plas, Dyfi, UK.

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Introduction to COBWEB - Chris Higgins, COBWEB

  1. 1. Introduction to COBWEB Plas Machynlleth, 20th May, 2014 Chris Higgins, Project Coordinator, EDINA, University of Edinburgh chris.higgins@ed.ac.uk
  2. 2. Citizen Observatory Web • 4 year research project • Crowdsourced environmental data to aid decision making • Introduce quality measures and reduce uncertainty • Combine crowdsourced data with existing sources of data
  3. 3. Project Partners
  4. 4. COBWEB Biosphere Reserves • Germany: Wadden See and Hallig Islands • Greece: Mount Olympus & Gorge of Samaria • Left open possibility of expansion to further BRs later in project UK (Wales): Biosffer Dyfi – Development work concentrated here
  5. 5. What are we going to build? A number of demonstrator mobile phone applications – Stakeholder discussion to provide detail 3 pilot case study areas: 1. Validating earth observation products 2. Biological monitoring 3. Flooding
  6. 6. Case Studies 1. Community Woodlands 2. Pollinators 3. FP7 BIO_SOS 4. Validation of EO Products (Gwylio) 5. Education 6. Ecotourism 7. Smart Citizen 8. Flooding
  7. 7. Where we are at the moment • Month 19 of 48 • Milestone 3 (First Welsh Demonstrator) Nov 2014, coming over horizon • By 2015: ready for field testing with citizens • Some tentative steps already taken: – Dyfi Woodlands – Outward Bound Aberdyfi – Ysgol Bro Dyfi/RSPB – Talybont Floodees – Abersystwyth University MSc group
  8. 8. Some objectives • Increase in local awareness of the project • More individuals/organisations willing to work with us in various ways – or at least thinking about it • Provide information to enable attendees to begin formulating a response to a Call for Proposal • Better understanding of how the citizen engagement aspects of the project might progress
  9. 9. Launch for proposals • More of a pre-launch, town meeting • Brief key organisations/individuals • Feedback to help us run the Call for Proposals more effectively • Actual CfP will be go up on the COBWEB website on 16th June • A number of small contracts (of the order £500 – £10000)
  10. 10. Two main components to engagement 1. Co-design: test prototype apps and provide feedback as we develop them • Underway already, to an extent 2. Get people (volunteers) out and about with COBWEB software in • Citizens in field from Jan 2015 onwards Not mutually exclusive. Proposals could include both
  11. 11. Co-Design Objectives • Engage in dialogue with members of the COBWEB consortium to assist in the design of applications • Engage in dialogue with members of the COBWEB consortium to assist in identifying further user requirements
  12. 12. “Citizen in the field” Objectives • Adapt the generic COBWEB capability to address specific needs within your area of expertise • Arrange and manage groups of volunteers in field testing COBWEB application(s) in the Dyfi Biosphere area
  13. 13. Process • Mon 16th June: CfP issued • Mon 21st July: deadline for proposals – May contact some applicants individually for refinement • Mon 4th Aug: decision, contact applicants • Mid Sept: kickoff meeting with all successful applicants – Looking for cooperation opportunities – Discuss technical support – Schedule
  14. 14. Open questions • Further rounds? • Terms and conditions will be published with the CfP • Will require some kind of report

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