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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 community? Should we forge links with engineering departments? Should hardware become a standard tool of the biodiversity informatician?

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New tools for monitoring biodiversity and environments

  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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