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Anyone can become a citizen scientist - even experts! If you're excited about exploring new areas of conservation tech, contributing to projects, or developing and launching your own citizen science projects or apps, this is the group for you.

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Using social media for Citizen Science projects - examples

Hi everyone, I am a first-year student on the MS in HCI at RIT, and I am working on a school project about using social media platforms for citizen science projects ( I am...

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Hi Natalia!

This is not for birds, but we are running a whole bat monitoring programme based on citizen science, and every tool we have prepared is ready to be used at European scale! You can find all the information here: www.batmonitoring.org

Feel free to contact me if you need any information. 

All the best!!

Adrià

Hi Adrià! 

Thanks for sharing the link and congrats on the plans to upscale it! I will explore the page more and reach out with a few questions about setting up stations and the data collection process.

Thanks again! Have a nice weekend!

Natalia

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Data upload solution for a citizen science project?

Hi everyone. I’m looking to build a web-based data upload server for a citizen science project...

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If you have a server and can host a solution, install on the server your own instance of  Next Cloud, Pydio  or similar - it's exactly what you need without reinventing the wheel. 

 

Strongly supporting the Nextcloud/owncloud suggestion -
apart from bringing everything you list in your requirements, it would give you a lot of features that might be useful as the project grows (versioning, failover for lost/failed data, sharing, ..)

Available for more advice, if needed.

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Software to aid acoustic sound files visualization/labelling + Software to syncronize video/acoustic sonograms

Hi everybody!I am currently trying to figure out if there is any open-source software that could improve our citizen science project on bat monitoring in Europe (and potentially...

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I would also recommend Arbimon. It is well set up to handle Audiomoth recordings. Being cloud based, you will need a good internet connection for sound file upload. I'm just starting to investigate its use for Song Scope recordings. Setting up the call recognisers will be a slow process, but they can be made available to all users once done.

You could try using a video editor like DaVinci for looking at your video and audio together. I don't think DaVinci displays sonograms by default (just waveform) but I think it will open your selected audio in an external editor which would allow you to see the sonograms and make measurements with something like Audacity or Kaleidoscope.

The open-source program Audacity can show the spectrograms and histograms and has quite a lot of other useful features, e.g. playing ultrasound calls slower, so it can be heard by people. 

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Sydney seals: From Manly to Malabar, marine life sprawls across a city

This came to me by way of my dad over the weekend, but it's is full of familiar names and has started popping up from other places in the conservation tech network. It's a gorgeous visual story via The Sydney Morning Herald, telling the tail of the return of fur seals in and around Sydney. It highlights PhD student Vanessa Morris' PhD research and the citizen science program Vanessa Pirotta created called Wild Sydney Harbour (www.wildsydneyharbour.com).

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Cofounder needed

Hey all ! if you have an idea that you want to turn into a company- I would love to help. I have enough hardware/software knowledge (was an engineer) to be the cofounder of a...

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What about developing a drone conservation training course for field conservation staff teaching specific skills for specific research needs. 

How exciting @Joyeeta ! I'd love to learn more about the companies and projects you worked on, can you share more info about them?

I once chatted to an entrepreneurial advisor with a couple of my conservation tech ideas, and he said my ideas are good/impactful but don't make for a product worth millions of $$$ of turnover per year that would interest investors. So I am very curious about how you got your conservation tech businesses off the ground!

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Bird Sounds Global web portal

A new web portal for annotating bird sounds has been opened called Bird Sounds Global (BSG). It is part of project LIFEPLAN, and its key objective is to develop global, automated software for bird sound identification.

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Really cool platform! Will definitely add it to our next update of the Conservation Tech Directory. Curious, could there be cross-platform integration with something like Xeno-...
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Research opportunities in the Daintree World Heritage region of Far North Queensland, Australia

Michael and Maria Parsons recently purchased a substantial 165 acre lot of land in Far North Queensland, Australia. Entirely covered by tropical rainforest, it is contiguous with the Daintree World Heritage Area and...

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Hi @MICHAEL_PARSONS . I'm Akiba from FreakLabs and we specialize in wireless sensor networks for environmental monitoring. We're currently...
Hi Akiba (& Jacinta),Many thanks for your kind message in reply to our suggestion for collaborations centered on our pending Daintree Nature Refuge. BTW, I have various...
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Citizen Science Conservation Apps for travelers?

Hi all,  What are some citizen science apps for travelers? Like, if there was someone going on vacation to some biodiversity hotspots, what kind of apps would be...

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Hi John,

iNaturalist is good for all taxa. If you have birders in the crowd, eBird. and if you have some who may not know birds but are keen to learn, check out Merlin ID. If anyone is keen to record audio of birds calling, they can then upload them via Xeno Canto. eBird and iNat apps also now accept audio, but be sure and check out all three in terms of audio exploration for what might grab the interest of groups most. I really enjoy exploring calls from others using Xeno Canto.

Cheers,

Jessie Oliver

 

I would check out the upcoming Key Conservation app! https://www.keyconservation.org/

It's in beta testing now with a group of restricted users but will be released fully soon.

If you're traveling with kids, consider https://www.ecoexplore.net. They can earn points and badges for their observations of plants, animals, insects, and fungi, and can trade points in for prizes. It's focused on North Carolina, but you can upload observations from anywhere. Good ones get syndicated to iNaturalist.

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Webinar: Bioacoustics and Engagement

Wildlife Acoustics
Join Wildlife Acoustics for their webinar, Super Hear-os: Engaging Everyday People Through the Science of Bioacoustics, this Thursday, July 22nd at 10 AM ET / 3 PM BST! At this event, four presenters will discuss how...

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Invitation to join the FIT community on WildLabs

Hi Citizen Science Group, My name is Zoe Jewell, I'm the co-founder of WildTrack. Our focus is on the non-invasive monitoring of endangered species, primarily using our...

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Hi Zoe,

This looks really interesting! Is the initiative on social media at all? I would like to share it with the Australian Citizen Science Association membership. Also, is there involvement in Australia? If on twitter, feel free to connect with me via @JessieLOliver

Cheers,

Jess

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