About the Series
Welcome to the third season of WILDLABS Tech Tutors, the series that answers the "how do I do that?" questions of conservation tech! Brought to you with the support of Microsoft AI for Earth, Tech Tutors is made for conservation tech beginners of all knowledge levels (and yes, even experts can still be beginners when it comes to tackling a new aspect of conservation tech or starting a new project.). Our Tech Tutors will give you the bite-sized, easy-to-understand building blocks you'll need to try new conservation technology, enhance your research, DIY a project for the first time, or simply explore the possibilities.
Taking place every Thursday, each Tech Tutor will present a 30 minute tutorial guiding you through an aspect of conservation tech, followed by a 30 minute live Q&A session with the audience.
What do you gain as a Tech Tutors participant? You'll leave each episode with the confidence to build on the skills discussed in these tutorials, and you'll have an ongoing opportunity to learn and collaborate with other members of the WILDLABS community! The connections made through the past seasons of Tech Tutors have led to real projects and results, and our third season is set to introduce you to even more new ideas and community members who are ready to start something new!
Can't make it to an episode this season? Don't worry! You can find every tutorial after it airs on our Youtube channel, and you can collaborate and ask questions in each episode's thread on the WILDLABS Tech Tutors forum.
Want to catch up on Tech Tutors Seasons One and Two? Find links to our episodes' recordings and resources here and here.
Meet Your Tutor: Nicole Flores, Wildlife Insights
Nicole is the Senior Manager of Wildlife Insights.
She’s based at Conservation International but works closely with Wildlife Insights partners at WCS, Smithsonian, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, WWF, Map of Life, ZSL and Google to design and build the platform you’ll hear about today. Nicole has a Masters in Agricultural and Resource Economics and is passionate about building connections between research, policy and action.
Off the clock, you can find Nicole anywhere in the Washington Cascades scaling rocks and climbing to just below mountain summits.
We asked Nicole...
What will I learn in this episode?
You’ll learn everything you need to know to get started managing camera trap data in Wildlife Insights, the one stop shop for processing, analyzing and sharing camera trap data. We’ll review:
- What is Wildlife Insights and how to get started
- How to create and structure projects
- Uploading images and reviewing results from the computer vision model
- Downloading data
- Invite team members to join your project or organization
- Tools to control how and when data is shared publicly
- Wildlife Insights policies for sensitive data
- Feature roadmap
- Next steps to sign up for an account
How can I learn more about this subject?
There are tons of resources available if you have more questions.
- Our learning center has guides that cover each of the major tools in the platform and has an updated features list to let you know what we’re building out next!
- Visit our Youtube page to watch more short tutorials and videos about Wildlife Insights.
- Join our Community Forum to ask questions and share tips and tricks with other users.
If I want to take the next step, where should I start?
Wildlife Insights is open to anyone that has camera trap data to share. After you’ve watched this webinar or our tutorials on YouTube, go ahead and sign up for an account at app.wildlifeinsights.org.
As part of the sign up process, you’ll need to submit a form to request account approval. Once you’ve submitted the form, our team will contact you to let you know when you can start uploading data!
What advice do you have for a complete beginner in this subject?
Jump right in! Wildlife Insights is designed to be intuitive and easy to learn.
Ready to learn with Nicole Flores? Watch her full epiosde on Youtube here!
Shared by Tech Tutors Participants
What were all of you talking about and sharing during Nicole's episode? Check out the following resources shared in the live chat during this episode:
Videos and Tutorials:
Sara Beery: How do I get started using machine learning for my camera traps?
Tools, Websites, and Resources:
- Wildlife Insights learning center
- GitHub repo to sharing legacy data with Wildlife Insights
- More info on taxonomy
- Learn more about Wildlife Insights AI
Learn more about our upcoming Tech Tutorials
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