COBWEB Smart Technology = Smart Data? Citizen Science in the Dyfi Biosphere Reserve

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1. COBWEB Smart Technology = Smart Data? Citizen Science in the Dyfi Biosphere Reserve Welsh Wildlife Centre, Cilgerran 7th March 2015 Crona Hodges crh18@aber.ac.uk Sta 2. Overview COBWEB in a nutshell Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science Recap and questions *** The app and COBWEB infrastructure Co-Design Projects in Dyfi BR Looking ahead 3. Introduction to COBWEB Project started November 2012 and runs for 4 years (over half way now) Research Project: Funded under the European Commissions Framework Programme 7 (Grant No: 308513) Citizen Observatories Project Why? Environmental monitoring is expensive Can citizen science fill the void? 4. Introduction to COBWEB 5. Introduction to COBWEB In a nutshell (or two) the project is about developing an infrastructure for supporting crowdsourced environmental data collection using smart technology. 6. Introduction to COBWEB In a nutshell (or two) the data collected will be used for decision-making and policy development. The infrastructure includes data quality components, security components, data conflation services. 7. Introduction to COBWEB In a nutshell (or two) the project will make data searchable and available for reuse via GEOSS - the Global Earth Observation System of Systems. 8. Introduction to COBWEB What it is NOT a data repository or storage system .just simply a mobile app or an off the shelf solution 9. Introduction to COBWEB GEOSS - the Global Earth Observation System of Systems. COBWEB is obliged to publish data through GEOSS GEOSS connects users to existing data bases and portals and provides reliable, up-to-date and user friendly information vital for the work of decision makers, planners and emergency managers. Managed and administered by GEO (Group on Earth Observations) 10. Introduction to COBWEB UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR) Biosphere Reserves are UNESCO designations focussed on sustainable development with strong links between community and the environment. 11. Introduction to COBWEB www.biosfferdyfi.org.uk 12. Introduction to COBWEB Contains Ordnance Survey data Crown copyright and database right (2013) CountrysideCouncilforWales.Allrightsreserved. 13. Introduction to COBWEB Three Environmental Themes iStockphoto (2015) Flooding Biological Monitoring Validating EO products 14. Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science the opportunities Citizens as sensors Local knowledge Low cost (?) Large number of observations Cover wide geographical area Temporal richness Photographs Geotagged information Time/date stamped 15. Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science the challenges Data for use in decision making Barriers include a perceived lack of confidence Does smart technology automatically mean smart data? Can citizen observatories add value? Challenge is to reduce uncertainty GPS Textual information Photographs Locational uncertainty User rating Conflation with authoritative data Agreement with surrounding observations 16. Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science the challenges Data quality User skills and knowledge Sample design Volunteers/contributors who and why? Security 17. Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science the challenges Sowhats new? There are many citizen science and crowdsourcing projects out there 18. Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science the challenges There is already lots of environmental data that might be useful This data needs to be searchable, discoverable, and accessible. 19. Recap COBWEB is not a data repository is a technology infrastructure to facilitate the collection and sharing of environmental data provides the ability to create customised apps for data collection comprises of quality assurance components considers the need for data security (personal and environmental) 20. The app itself Key features Capture information Images Audio Text Location High quality background maps Saved maps for use offline Custom data collection forms Manual location correction 21. View COBWEB Portal 22. Join COBWEB Portal 23. Customise your own app for your survey 24. Customise your own app for your survey 25. Customise your own app for your survey 26. Citizen captures data on their phone 27. COBWEB Prototype work Dyfi Woodlands Outward Bound Bro Hyddgen High School AU MSc students Tal y Bont Floodees 28. Arolygon Coetir Woodland Surveys 29. Manual upload required Database not easily accessible to participants 30. Data uploaded to Dyfi Biosphere website Results available to view immediately Dynamic map 31. COBWEB Prototype Work Outward Bound Trust, Aberdovey 32. COBWEB Prototype Work John Muir Trust Award Environmental Awareness Explore Discover Conserve Share 33. COBWEB Prototype Work Land cover work with young people from Outward Bound The area is mainly made up of woody vegetation The area is mainly made up of graminoids The area is mainly made up of lichens or mosses imageistockphoto 2014imageistockphoto 2014 imageistockphoto 2014 34. Stakeholder Engagement 35. Co-design 36. Co-design Snowdonia National Park Japanese Knotweed - Fallopia japonica Giant Knotweed Fallopia sachalinensis Hybrid knotweed Fallopia x bohemica 37. Co-design RSPB Domenlas Saltmarsh Survey vegetation Use quadrats Soil salinity levels Weather conditions Look at reversion process Covert Coch Peatbog Survey vegetation Use quadrats Soil moisture Grazing history Janetbaxter.co.uk 38. Co-Design - Penparcau Community Forum 39. Co-Design - Penparcau Community Forum Temperature Humidity Wind speed Wind direction Pressure Precipitation In situ sensors 40. Usability Testing 41. Looking ahead Research Quality Assurance Security Use of in situ sensors Conflation with authoritative datasets Co-design projects Kick-off workshop mid April Projects continue until end Aug 2015 Work within other Biosphere Reserves Development work continues 42. Thank you Website: http://cobwebproject.eu/ Join our mailing list for updates on the project and opportunities to participate (http://eepurl.com/Ita05 or use QR code) Follow us: @cobwebfp7 And look out for members of the COBWEB team at events and standards meetings.