Mk smart gadgets and fieldwork

Senior LTT Manager à Open University
7 Oct 2014

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Mk smart gadgets and fieldwork

  1. MK:Smart Project “Internet of Green Things” Citizen Science and Sensing Technologies Will Woods
  2. Engagement © bigvern / Flickr CC Why is the engagement important or desirable? Who is being engaged? What are they being engaged with?
  3. Why engage? BSBI - Herbaria at Home • “The correct name of an organism is the quantum of biodiversity knowledge.”
  4. Who is being engaged?
  6. • Can digital engage people with their environment? • Can sensors engage people with digital? © Keith Bowey, iSpot mentor, JET project
  7. Research Questions • Value of sensor technology for STEM public engagement • Location of “vagrant” devices • Sensor fusion/collaboration of low cost devices • Traffic, load and QoS in M2M networks
  8. Activities? • 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
  9. Links: Email: Twitter: @willwoods

Notes de l'éditeur

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Scientific enquiry learning. Opening science to everyone.
  5. Treezilla – monster map of trees. Mapping impact of trees on local environment.
  6. Simple sensory data collection using off the shelf tools and products. (soil monitor shown). Using wifi to collect and aggregate data.
  7. Off-the-shelf products used. E.g. Smart Citizen Kit. Low cost sensors. (£100?)
  8. Air Quality Egg (£200?) – works with wifi and bluetooth. Works well with Machine to Machine networks.
  9. “Around Here” functionality. Geolocation information stored and aggregated to form rich datasets.
  10. Are digital communications an effective way of engaging a wider audience with their local environment and with biological recording? – Yes, but the converse is also true.
  11. Focus is biological and environmental data. Citizen dimension for community development. Engaging with local schools.
  12. Workshops will be held to define investigations. These are a range of the suggested activities. More may emerge as a result of the workshops.