iSpot’s principal aim is to help people learn about wildlife identification. Knowing a species’ name unlocks access to existing knowledge, and enables one to add to that knowledge.
The public - Need to have at least a casual interest in wildlife? Can use of iSpot can create that interest? Specific targeting at certain groups - ‘hard to reach’ audiences through OPAL and mentors; ‘experts’ who can help provide identifications
iSpot helps people learn about wildlife, using social networking technology to link novices and experts What is there to engage with? Website: encourages biological recording best practice, while keeping it as simple as possible to use A friendly and knowledgeable community of people interested in wildlife: dialogue between novices and experts Apps: provide opportunity to bring more people in, and engage them in more ways, e.g. ‘live’ in the field
Scientific enquiry learning. Opening science to everyone.
Treezilla – monster map of trees. Mapping impact of trees on local environment.
Simple sensory data collection using off the shelf tools and products. (soil monitor shown). Using wifi to collect and aggregate data.
• Value of sensor technology for STEM
• Location of “vagrant” devices
• Sensor fusion/collaboration of low cost
• Traffic, load and QoS in M2M networks
• Monitoring health of horse-chestnut trees
• Grass cutting regimes and urban wildlife
• Ecosystems services of trees in urban
areas (temperature/air pollution)
• Watercourses and floodplains (impact)
• Smarter gardening
• Allergy alleviation