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COBWEB – where we are at 
Co-Design Workshop, 
Machynlleth. 
16th October, 2014 
Chris Higgins, 
Project Coordinator: EDIN...
Big Picture 
• Explosion in availability of smartphones and 
tablets equals great potential for “citizens as 
sensors” 
• ...
Essential context – WNBR 
• UNESCO Man and Biosphere Programmes 
World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR) 
• Sites of ex...
COBWEB Biosphere Reserves 
UK (Wales): Biosffer Dyfi 
– Development work 
concentrated here 
• Germany: Wadden See and Hal...
Dyfi Biosphere Vision Statement 
“The Dyfi Biosphere will be recognised and 
respected internationally, nationally and 
lo...
Overall Project Status 
1. Project started 1st Nov, 2012 and runs for 
4 years 
• Currently at Month 24 of 48 
2. An “SME ...
Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) 
TRL 
1 Basic principles observed and reported 
2 Technology concept and/or application ...
Overall Project Status 
Mainly 
medium to 
high TRLs 
Requires 
high TRLs 
By definition, 
lower TRLs 
1. Project started ...
Balancing Act 
• Validating our concept of Citizen 
Observatory 
• Testing the software 
• But, research and development 
...
Co-Design 
“…a product, service, or organization 
development process where design 
professionals empower, encourage, 
and...
Objectives & Scope for the sub-projects 
1. Engage in dialogue with members of the 
COBWEB consortium to assist in the 
de...
Some key dates 
Date(s) What Notes 
16th Oct, 2014 “Kickoff” meeting 
Nov 2014 Conclude negotiation 
and sign contracts 
D...
Some Objectives for this workshop 
• Make sure you all know each other 
• Provide information, take questions, discuss 
• ...
Programme Management 
• Administration: Wendy MacAdie 
• Overall activity: Andy Rowland 
• Steering Committee: Representat...
COBWEB “Champions” 
Lead Organisation Project Name Champion 
Awdurdod Parc 
Arolwg Llysiau’r Dial Eryri – 
Cenedlaethol Er...
Schedule 
Start Nov 2014 
Nov/Dec 2014- Initial Training/Walkthrough 
Some initial user feedback: User Experience and Inte...
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COBWEB – Where we are at

Presented by Chris Higgins at the Co-Design Workshop, Machynlleth, 16 October 2014. Half-way through a 4-year project to enable "citizen scientists" to use smartphones to upload crucial scientific data, this presentation shows the current state of progress on the COBWEB project.

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COBWEB – Where we are at

  1. 1. COBWEB – where we are at Co-Design Workshop, Machynlleth. 16th October, 2014 Chris Higgins, Project Coordinator: EDINA, University of Edinburgh chris.higgins@ed.ac.uk
  2. 2. Big Picture • Explosion in availability of smartphones and tablets equals great potential for “citizens as sensors” • How to make the data gathered usable? • What quality measures are needed? • How to reduce uncertainty? • How can crowdsourced environmental data aid decision making? • How can our crowdsourced data be fused with reference data and be deployed in standards based Spatial Data Infrastructures?
  3. 3. Essential context – WNBR • UNESCO Man and Biosphere Programmes World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR) • Sites of excellence to foster harmonious integration of people and nature for sustainable development through participation, knowledge sharing, poverty reduction and human well-being improvements, cultural values and society's ability to cope with change, thus contributing to the Millennium Development Goals • 610 reserves in 117 countries
  4. 4. COBWEB Biosphere Reserves UK (Wales): Biosffer Dyfi – Development work concentrated here • Germany: Wadden See and Hallig Islands • Greece: Mount Olympus & Gorge of Samaria • Left open possibility of expansion to further BRs, eg, Urdabai
  5. 5. Dyfi Biosphere Vision Statement “The Dyfi Biosphere will be recognised and respected internationally, nationally and locally for the diversity of its natural beauty, heritage and wildlife, and for its people’s efforts to make a positive contribution to a more sustainable world. It will be a self confident, healthy, caring and bilingual community, supported by a strong locally-based economy.”
  6. 6. Overall Project Status 1. Project started 1st Nov, 2012 and runs for 4 years • Currently at Month 24 of 48 2. An “SME Targeted Collaborative” project • 30% EU contribution to SMEs 3. Develop 'citizens' observatories’ • Mobilise citizens • Emphasised during Grant Negotiation • “Co-design” fund established 4. A research project doing innovative work • Crowdsourced environmental data to aid decision making
  7. 7. Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) TRL 1 Basic principles observed and reported 2 Technology concept and/or application formulated 3 Active R&D initiated Experimental proof of concept 4 Technology validation within a laboratory environment 5 Technology validation in relevant environment 6 Demonstration in a relevant environment 7 Demonstration in an operational environment 8 Actual system completed and qualified through test and demonstration 9 Actual system proven through successful mission operations
  8. 8. Overall Project Status Mainly medium to high TRLs Requires high TRLs By definition, lower TRLs 1. Project started 1st Nov, 2012 and runs for 4 years • Currently at Month 24 of 48 2. An “SME Targeted Collaborative” project • 30% EU contribution to SMEs 3. Develop 'citizens' observatories’ • Mobilise citizens • Emphasised during Grant Negotiation • “Co-design” fund established 4. A research project doing innovative work • Crowdsourced environmental data to aid decision making
  9. 9. Balancing Act • Validating our concept of Citizen Observatory • Testing the software • But, research and development continues in parallel • However, we do recognise some components need to be of higher TRL • But, this is a research and development project – Don’t have all the answers – Don’t know exactly where we are going to end up
  10. 10. Co-Design “…a product, service, or organization development process where design professionals empower, encourage, and guide users to develop solutions for themselves.” Wikipedia
  11. 11. Objectives & Scope for the sub-projects 1. Engage in dialogue with members of the COBWEB consortium to assist in the design of apps, and to assist in identifying further user requirements. 2. Use the generic COBWEB apps to address specific needs within your project or area of expertise, and advise us on adaptations to these apps 3. Arrange and manage groups of citizens in field testing COBWEB app(s) in the Dyfi Biosphere area
  12. 12. Some key dates Date(s) What Notes 16th Oct, 2014 “Kickoff” meeting Nov 2014 Conclude negotiation and sign contracts Dec 2014 1st release COBWEB platform Technical team VERY busy Nov/Dec 2014 onwards Start helping with testing software Feb 2015 - Start training with software and engaging citizens Sept 2015 Conclude and report
  13. 13. Some Objectives for this workshop • Make sure you all know each other • Provide information, take questions, discuss • Dialogue between sub-projects to see if further synergies can be identified • Dialogue between sub-projects and COBWEB team to refine progressing our agenda • Dialogue between sub-projects and COBWEB team to identify additional ways of progressing our agenda
  14. 14. Programme Management • Administration: Wendy MacAdie • Overall activity: Andy Rowland • Steering Committee: Representatives from all local organisations and Edinburgh • Review Committee: Same as above with additional representation including Nottingham University and University College Dublin • Champions appointed to act as the main point of contact for the sub-project with COBWEB and to represent the interests of the sub-project within the consortium, making sure the right contacts are made when necessary.
  15. 15. COBWEB “Champions” Lead Organisation Project Name Champion Awdurdod Parc Arolwg Llysiau’r Dial Eryri – Cenedlaethol Eryri / Snowdonia Japanese Snowdonia National Knotweed Survey Park Authority Penparcau Community Forum – Forwm Cymunedol Penparcau W.O.O.D – Wildlife on our Doorstep Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Group Mapping Marine Megafauna Coetiroedd Dyfi Woodlands Citizen Science in Action The Outward Bound Trust OBBSURV – Outward Bound Biosphere Survey RSPB Ynys-hir Surveying Habitat Reversion at RSPB Ynys-hir Ysgol Bro Hyddgen Community and school engagement into COBWEB and using the COBWEB app Colin Chapman Stephanie Ties Barry Evans Andy Rowland Crona Hodges Barry Evans Peter O’Hare
  16. 16. Schedule Start Nov 2014 Nov/Dec 2014- Initial Training/Walkthrough Some initial user feedback: User Experience and Interface Feb 2014- Full Training & Software Development Mar-Aug 2014- Field Testing Scheduling of devices will need management. Sep 2014 – Final Report

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