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  1. New tools for monitoring biodiversity and environments Ed Baker Natural History Museum

  2. How can we do science when this..

  3. …. becomes this .

  4. What can we make machines do for us?

  5. What can we measure? http://ubidots.wordpress.com/2012/01/28/the-internet-and-the-nature-of-things/

  6. Can we put the environment online? http://ubidots.wordpress.com/2012/01/28/the-internet-and-the-nature-of-things/

  7. The Internet of Things http://ubidots.wordpress.com/2012/01/28/the-internet-and-the-nature-of-things/

  8. Do we have to become hardware engineers as well now?

  9. Do we have to become hardware engineers as well now? • I’d recommend it. It’s fun building stuff.

  10. Do we have to become hardware engineers as well now? • I’d recommend it. It’s fun building stuff. • Potential for collaboration outside of biology

  11. Do we have to become hardware engineers as well now? • I’d recommend it. It’s fun building stuff. • Potential for collaboration outside of biology • Take citizen science somewhere new: citizen engineering

  12. CITIZEN ENGINEERING?

  13. Once again – physics got there first

  14. Hackers and makers http://www.flickr.com/photos/fumi/3546898731/

  15. Take a microcontroller

  16. Plug in ethernet and SD card

  17. Add some sensors

  18. Write some code

  19. Environmental data to Scratchpads

  20. In terms of hardware – it’s crude

  21. In terms of hardware – it’s crudeBut the data is good data

  22. In terms of hardware – it’s crudeBut the data is good dataIt’s cheap (pretty much disposable)

  23. What about academic collaboration?

  24. You can listen for bush crickets

  25. Can we automate this?

  26. In Situ Acoustic Monitoring of Biodiversity

  27. Can we automate this?

  28. Can we automate this?

  29. Can we automate this?

  30. Can we automate this?

  31. Don’t stop there!

  32. Don’t stop there! • Add a GPS! Location, but also time

  33. Don’t stop there! • Add a GPS! Location, but also time • Temperature, humidity, light levels

  34. We can already do a lot if we collaborate

  35. We can already do a lot if we collaborate We need to think big in terms of scope, scale and speed

  36. You can put a plant on Twitter

  37. Why not a whole forest?

  38. You can track a domestic cat

  39. Why not track hundreds of individuals?