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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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What events are you looking forward to this year?

Hi everyone, It's my first day back in the office after a very welcome holiday break, and I'm so happy to be back! I'm taking stock of the year to come and am wondering what...

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I am looking forward to the SRI2023 conference ( link below )

If you're mostly busy getting your tech to work, it might be a bit out of your comfort zone.

However, if you're at the point of realizing that the local community, their neighbors, their ( local ) government,  companies with an interest, and many other actors all have some bearing on the tech that you are setting up, and all may have an interest in the data that you are capturing ... then this conference may be a place to start.

This is the third SRI conference, and, frankly, I have been to none of the previous for practical reasons, so I don't know exactly what to expect. Perhaps it is too high level for me, but I am looking forward to it.

 

 

 

It's pretty big for NGOs and I would say there is growing involvement from companies? But it's usually those with strong conservation partnerships. The bigger one is World Conservation Congress - but this is only every few years. We've put in a workshop aligned with our movement ecology work, will likely do some talks, and will be hosting side events (both networking and meetings). I'm hearing about quite a lot of other tech events/conversations being organised, so it should be a good place to connect with a good cross section of the conservation tech community.

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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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Hey Lars! Love how active you are on here. AI/ML detection is next on our list! The tech is evolving so fast its hard to keep up but I am actively researching it. My cousin just did a project using computer vision for bison herd management. Very cool tech space.   

Hi Brett!

Thanks! Pure procrastination on my side. I find it a bit of a pity how quiet it can be here sometimes... 

The project you refer to sound super interesting. You should get your cousin to join Wildlabs and tell us about it. As part of my job, I am monitoring muskoxen at our research station in Greenland. Perhaps we could get some ideas! 

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Join us for Tech Tutors: East Africa

WILDLABS Team
The WILDLABS Tech Tutors are here to answer your ‘How do I do that?’ questions of conservation technology. This season, our expert speakers will cover tools and topics that help address conservation challenges unique...

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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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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!) 

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  • 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.

Hi everyone!

Happy 2023 and a slightly unusual bug fix to mark the first WILDLABS Platform update post of the year.

Our emoji / reaction system broke due to the library it relies on, Twitter's Twemoji, going down (for reasons discussed in the tweet link below). We have had to fall back to native browser emoji while a replacement / mirror of these is slotted in. This may mean emoji display slightly differently for you in the picker, more resembling your current device / browser.

Thank you to @Alasdair for sending me the below tweet which helped work out what was wrong:

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Crowdfunding Aerial Baseline Study of Ghost Gear in Koh Phangan, Thailand

We are developing a project in Thailand, using drones to locate lost & discarded fishing gear across Koh Phangan, Thailand.
We're 86% there & only need $1500 to get us over the line. If you can help us, we would really appreciate it!
This project uses drones to create a baseline survey of lost fishing gear & document effects of entanglement on marine species.
We are working with Core Sea & Koh Phangan Sea Guardians to develop a locally led method for ongoing monitoring for discarded fishing gear, using drones.
Thank you, Sol, Tania & Kat

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Workshop Invite: Building Partnerships between Conservation Tech and the UK Space Sector

Hi everyone, In collaboration with our partners over at the Satellite Applications Catapult, we are hosting an in person workshop...

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Hi Steph,

If it's not too late, I'm very interested in this workshop.

Best,

V

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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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