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The WILDLABS Community Base is the ideal place to get oriented with the all that our community platform offers, hear about news and opportunitys, and to meet new friends and collaborators. 

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WILDLABS Platform Updates

Hi everyone, I'm Filip, director at Octophin Digital, a little digital agency building things for the wildlife conservation sector. The WILDLABS team have been working with us to...

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Hi everyone!

Only a one item update this time but it's a major feature and one we've been working on for a while. The platform now has an email notifications system.

As technologists you'll know that often the things that seem simple end up taking the longest. Though we knew it'd be a mild challenge this ended up being a giant one. But we got there. Great work from @Cris doing much of this implementation.

A large aim was to only use notifications to guide people back to the platform if there had been any recent and directly relevant updates while they were away.

The emails will trigger at most once a week and will only trigger if you have any notifications that have been generated in that week and haven't visited the site in that time. So, if in the last week you've:

  • been mentioned in any content
  • had any replies to your content / comments
  • had any reactions to your content
  • had any direct messages.

And you haven't checked your notifications in a week, all of these will be bundled up in an email.

If you regularly check the site and your notifications you'll never receive an email as it's always triggered a week from the last time you checked in. Of course you can head to your profile and untick "I am happy to receive activity notification emails from WILDLABS" to disable all emails.

As always please let the WILDLABS team know about any issues with this in the platform help thread.

September 12th, 2022

  • New email notifications system

Sneaking into Filip's serious platfrom thread here to share that we just charged past 1,000,000 pageviews! We've seen a big uptick since we launched the new site back in May, so Filip's team definitely filled the brief of making the wealth of information held in our community easier to find and explore. Feels like a solid milestone we should celebrate :D 

Hi everyone! 

You may have noticed already but we've been hard at work here in the Octophin Digital team on a completely refreshed discussions system for WILDLABS that we've been rolling out over the last two weeks. I didn't want to write about it until a few bugs were sorted out but here's that update.

We didn't quite get the discussions user experience right at launch (especially when it comes to replies / sub threads) so we hope this new version is a lot easier to use.

November 2022 (several deployments so no clear date this time!) 

Discussions

  • Better signposting of buttons to reply to a thread or a specific comment
  • Quick, no page refresh comment editing system
  • Inline form to post a reply to a comment on a discussion
  • Deep linking to specific replies to a comment from a notification
  • Inline, collapsible display of comment replies, displaying avatars of who's replied
  • Options to expand or close all reply threads
  • Faster lazy loading of discussion threads without a flash at the start
  • Many other design and interaction changes
  • We've pushed in some replies imported from the previous version of the platform that were replies to replies to replies(...) so they are now simply listed in date order on the reply thread rather than nested so deep it was hard to find them. Replies are (hopefully uncontroversially) now limited to one level deep.

Hover states 

  • Thank you to @valeria in the Octophin team for adding many lovely hover states to things across the site that will hopefully make exploring WILDLABS more enjoyable.

Feed

  • Sorting on the site feeds (including group feeds) was stacked in favour of new content rather than updates to discussions. A new comment on a discussion will now pop a discussion to the top of the feed so you can quickly see what is new around the site. The feeds can still be filtered to specific types of content in case you want to filter out discussion updates.

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I hope the above changes make the site much more usable. As always, please pop any feedback over to the WILDLABS team in the New Platform Help: Troubleshooting & bugs discussion. A gigantic thank you to @JakeBurton in the WILDLABS team for a mammoth amount of testing, feedback and suggestions for the above.

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Welcome to WILDLABS!

Hello and welcome to the WILDLABS community! With 6,000 members and counting, we want to get to know you a little better. In a couple of...

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Good morning from Italy! 

My name is Valentina Iesari, a young biologist of the center of Italy. Currently, I'm collaborating with a NGOs (BirdLife Italia) as a provincial delegate of my region to protect birds' population and biodiversity locally. 

In the last few years, I worked abroad as an assistant resercher (particularly in Germany) to study in deep the field of movement ecology. I have collected experience in camera traps and acoustic monitoring, so I'm here to share my knowlodge with this great community. 

I'm looking foward to being part of some discussions. 

All the best, 

Valentina.

 

Hi everyone!

My name is Floor and I am part of the SPACES coalition, which aims to make spatial intelligence widely available and used by governments, businesses, NGOs, communities, and finance to operationalize commitments and targets, frame integrated strategies for nature, climate, and people & promote transparency.

We just launched a new paper with the coalition showcasing the potential of spatial data & digital tech to prioritise and track nature and climate action. Some key insights include that to unlock the potential of new spatial data and technologies for nature and climate, three things are needed: 1) more investment in, and collection of, data by private and public actors; 2) trusted, standardised measurement frameworks to ensure like for like collection and comparison; 3) radical transparency data should be made accessible and shared as a public good - the future of people and the planet depends on it.

I would be happy to connect with others to discuss the specific actions they think are needed in this space, also highlighting what specific initiatives are already working in this space. 

Hi Stephanie, hi team

Thanks for including me. 

 

I am mostly engaged with humanitarian drone efforts and I am now looking to support safe drone operations in ecology and conservation projects. 

 

I am a retired air traffic controller and safety specialist after 35 years in ATC in Australia and Ireland, and R&D globally. I retired after a one year sabbatical with the German Aerospace Centre UAS section in n 2016. I am Australian and have lived in England since 2017. On my background, I am an air traffic management specialist, focusing on safety management and remotely piloted aircraft/drone operations, now with a forty-year career in aviation taking me into the world of drones a decade ago.

As a consultant since 2017, I have advised the World Bank on drone safety, regulations, operations, airspace and harmonisation,  I don’t fly drones (yet) except my personal DJI. I have co-authored knowledge pieces through the WBG that provide guidance on risk, enabling civilian drone operations, drone traffic management (UTM) and regulatory harmonisation. And I advise the Bank during drone projects across African, South and South-East Asia, assisting in knowledge piece preparation, and previously as operations manager and safety lead for BVLOS flying competitions at the Lake Victoria Challenge Tanzania 2018 and Lake Kivu Challenge Rwanda 2020. I also run UAS safety, regulations and UTM/U-Space workshops with the WBG.

As a volunteer, I sit on the board of many drone research groups and observe or lead on a broad range of international forums addressing standards, regulations and safety for drones, such as the ICAO RPAS Panel, JARUS. I hope to bring the voice of the Global South to these often sophisticated meetings, where limited resource settings and remote locations are overlooked. I have volunteered in support of impactful humanitarian drone operations in the Global South through the African Drone Forum.

I have also funded the not for profit Global Drone Regulations Database for the last five years where I am lead researcher and we have been expanding it beyond humanitarian aid to Drone Use in Conservation: e.g., https://droneregulations.info/Malaysia/MY.html#country-search . Our kids are studying environmental science at uni Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, and Marine Biology here in England (We're Australian but moved here when I retired so that I can do my volunteer efforts in Africa)  and they've been helping out with populating the website.  I also run the Global Drone Forum (open source UTM services and risk management approaches, capacity building, and diversity and inclusion support). I am secretary of the Royal Aerosociety RPAAS Specialists Group and IFATCA observer on the ICAO RPAS Panel and UAS-Advisory Group, among other forums. I have been a judge on many drone flying competitions, Australia's Medical Express outback challenge and IMechE UAS Challenge Wales (the SDU Eagles competed there?), and Airwards.  

I love exploring the world, hiking, guitar and family. Family first!!!  

Please reach out if I can every help with anything.  I am really keen to assist with any projects for good using drones in marine or terrain based ecology and conservation.

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WILDLABS Digest: 4 November 2022

A new issue of our community digest just went out! Check it out to discover a big platform update, and a summary of all the latest content from across WILDLABS in one easy to scan place!

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Organisational Development Learning Hub

Within the open-access Learning Hub, you can find interactive e-learning courses and recordings of online training webinars; all are original and completely free to access. Includes Good Fund Management, Conflict Resolution, Organisational Governance, Risk Management, and more.

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Organisational Resilience Festival

From 7 to 11 of November 2022, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) will be hosting a global online Organisational Resilience Festival.  

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Conservation Technology Event - UK, late 2020

We are putting together a pilot Conservation Technology event for late 2020 in London, UK. It aims to bring together a wide range of expertise to discuss, present and workshop...

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Ha!

We really should come back to this!

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Your favorite conservation tech blogs and writers

Hi all! We're looking for great new conservation tech writers and content creators to bring to our WILDLABS audience! So we want to know what you like to read when you're...

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Eugh me too! Ellie's been working with him to see if we might have him blog here as well.. *FINGERS CROSSED*!

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Variety Hour: What do you want to see?

Hi everyone, We're settling into our new event format - we hope you're all enjoying having a regular monthly space to catch up as much as we are! I'm looking ahead at our...

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This is super interesting feedback Akiba, thanks a lot! I'd been leaning towards making sure we heard from new voices and projects, so hearing you'd like to hear updates from projects we've heard from before is helpful - that's going to shift how I think about the invitations. 

I'm in agreement about having a space for commentary/debate about current events (eg changes at microsoft, impact of new legislation). I'm keen for us to experiment with formats other than the safe presentation then Q&A and have space for exploring more controversial topics. To this end, next session we're going to include an 'in conversation' section with a pro Web3/NFT expert, as I think there is a lot of hype in this speace, and a lot of questions about the real applications and impact of these types of projects. I'm definitely curious to see if we can get someone from Microsoft to come on and chat to us about implications of their changes for conservation projects. 

Super interesting - lots to think about. Thanks Akiba!  

Of course, Ellie has been knocking it out of the park with the quizzes!

I think the variety of speakers has been really good so far, though I think it could be really interesting to bring in people to talk about failed projects, along the lines of what Akiba asked about in terms of failures.

I'd also like to second Akiba's point about the IRA and climate funding as a potential source of funding/collaboration for conservation tech folks. I have some contacts in that area and could try to reach out if there's interest.

Agree with all previous points!

My additional input would be that I think there is a lot of opportunity for conservation finance + conservation tech to come together, as I feel like the two camps don't do that enough. That sort of ties in with the NFT type stuff and climate change stuff. 

Sort of related to previous input as well, but we just had Climate Week here in NYC and I was pretty shocked by the pretty utter lack of biodiversity talk. Everything was climate-centric, but the biodiversity & climate crises go hand in hand so I would love to see more inclusive & collaborative work at this intersection! Would be great if we could have speakers around this space at variety hour as well. 

Final thought - might be nice to get some updates on supply chain issues & hardware manufacturers e.g., FieldKit, Audiomoth, etc. I feel like there is a lot of confusion still out there about where things stand now and how far away people should expect before they can place orders. I've seen soooo many requests for Audiomoths on Twitter - some sort of rental/loan program would be great with regard to this, but that's a different conversation :)   

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NSF Activate Fellowship

The Activate Fellows supported by NSF will be scientists & engineers from a variety of backgrounds & regions across the U.S. who will translate research breakthroughs to new products & services with broad...

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New Platform Help: How do I...?

Hi wildlabbers, Through our annual survey, you've told us (for literally YEARS) that your vision for WILDLABS is that it become the online home for...

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Ha, I literally said the same thing after posting my last link - 280 is so much less than you think. We're going to increase it a bit. We are still going to keep the editing tools minimal, that was purposeful. We don't want every type of post to behave exactly the same as it gets confusing. Links are intended to be straightfoward and quick, a link with a short description or commentary. Anything else you should be starting a proper discussion or creating a longer post. 

Another potential thing to add - maybe getting more specific than country on location? Like adding state/province/city? To make the member directory searchable on a smaller geographic scale. I've seen lots of posts recently on Bioacoustics Stack Exchange, AI for Conservation Slack, & others looking for people based in a particular region or city and it got me thinking about how the WILDLABS member directory could provide that. Just a thought! 

Thanks Carly! I'll pop this on the list of features to discuss with developers. Putting broader regions on the existing list might be possible. It could also be useful to get more specific but it might require re-working how the filter works or adding more filters. Maybe at some stage we could have a big wildlabs member map (although that might potentially lead to some data privacy issues). 

In the meantime some people put their city in their bio, which is searchable on the members section.

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WILDLABS Digest: 23 September 2022

Our latest WILDLABS Community digest has just hit inboxes! Don't have time to keep up with everything that's happening in the conservation tech world? This email is for you!

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The Variety Hour: November

Join our November Variety Hour to learn about Club Arribada, an after-school conservation tech training programme in Principe, discover how you can use our new Conservation Tech Training and Education Group, and hear...

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WILDLABS Journal Club

Hi everyone, I'm Ana and I'm an MS Biology student in the Philippines. My field of interest is bioacoustics (specifically on bird songs) and I'm so happy to join a platform...

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Ah Journal club - this was a lot of fun but a little chaotic. We've been wondering if we should bring it back with a slightly different format. ie we all agree on a paper to read before rather than bringing a mix of things to present. What does everyone think? Is anyone else keen? Is there a format you'd suggest we use? 

I have been waiting for journal club to come back!! 10000% down.

I agree with @StephODonnell, would love it to come back!!! And now that variety hour is happening, that's more of the "mix of things" that she mentioned anyways so I think that new format would be great. 

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