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Friday check in - what have you been working on this week? 

Hi everyone, How are you all doing this week? I'd love to hear about what you've been working on - drop into the thread today and share photos, wins/fails, interesting...

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Alrighty, since I may as well participate in my own thing and I have thoughts about the tech4wildlife world this week..

It's been a very welcome calm week over with our team. It's been a really crazy nine months so it feels like this week has been the first time we've had a chance to do a big inhale.

I'm still so happy the new wildlabs platform is live out in the world and you all seem to be enjoying it - we've had 250+ new members join in the last few weeks, users are up 70% compared to this time last year and pageviews are up 160%. And we're seeing heaps of activity!

That pageview figure is particularly important for us for right now, as it means we're hitting that big goal of making all the great information sharing by our community easier to find and explore. As activity keeps scaling up, the challenge we're going to face will be about curation and making sure it's not just overwhelming. We have some tools, ways of configuring the site, different roles and new programmes ready to respond and help with that, but for now we're just happy you're all finding and starting to use the platform. 

We are doing deployments every week to fix bugs, improve performance & launch new features. This week was a big one- our DM system went live, which has been the most requested feature. If you're curious, @FilipNest is providing an amusing deployment log here. 

This week we've also been doing a big feature about our East Africa Community - @Netty_Cheruto took over all our socials (@wildlabsnet and WILDLABS Community) to share updates from the first workshop of our Women In Conservation Tech Programme: Kenya. 

Our East Africa Community is the first regional WILDLABS community. It is the first step in our plan to establish locally led regional communities to connect and support #tech4wildlife practitioners all over the globe. 

And finally, this week I've also spent a lot of time poking around various parts of the #tech4wildlife ecosystem. A few highlights..

This week I'm seeing a lot of questions coming up about career paths in #tech4wildlife. More than usual - which makes me wonder if it's time for us to do a proper series sharing different career paths people have taken into the sector (shout out if you want us to do this?)

EDIT: I'm getting DMs about this, so have started a thread here if you have ideas about us doing a series about career paths. Tell us your ideas here!

If you have advice.. 

  • @soumyabhatta ya is asking how to make the jump from a 30yr IT career into conservation over 3-6 months Conversation here
  • If you're in the bioacoustic world, PhD student @esnyder is planning his next career steps and is curious to hear about realities of different #bioacoustic career paths. I like how he frames his questions quite specifically and I'm curious to see replies, so please jump in. Conversation here
  • The final one is a bit different/interesting - @Joyeeta  is looking for cofounders in a climate/conservation tech company, and brings a background in engineering and experience from raising $15m for his last company and 2 exits. Conversation here

My favourite ongoing convo this week is this discussion about solutions for tracking goats on a remote mountainous island. So much good advice and real experience being shared in it.

My favourite open question. We're seeing that most straight foward #tech4wildlife questions are being answered pretty quickly by our community, but if you're into #drones, @LindyClydeKnowlesasked one yesterday that still open but should be a simple answer if you have a moment.  He's looking for advice about open source photogrammetry software options

Finally, my fav article this week was from the team at Fieldkit about the impacts of the chip shortage on conservation tech - we've been hearing a lot of chat about this from our community, so the article and the subsquent comments on twitter etc have been interesting. 

Right, I think that's a wrap from me. Our digest will hit inboxes in the next few hours so I'll drop a link to it as a final tweet to wrap this thread then. In the meantime - how's your week going? Would love to hear/see updates!

Steph 

This has been a really exciting week for me! A lot of cool stuff happening in the WILDLABS East Africa Community. Well, first of all we launched the community and I am happy to see all the interactions happening there. If you are based in East Africa- have you joined the Community? If not, then, head on over here; introduce yourself, take time to explore the resources we have and engage in the discussions- I am looking forward to your inputs on ongoing discussions e,g:

  •  If you are using EarthRanger, I'd love to hear all about your interactions with the tool here.
  • What are some of the Conservation Technology gaps in East Africa? Share your insights here.

Then, I also had a hand in reporting on the first workshop of our Inaugural Women in Conservation Technology Programme; this was a great reminisce of the week we had with the cohort and I'm really excited for what lies ahead and to also witness the impacts of capacity building and mentorship on emerging conservation leaders. If you haven't already, you can catch up with all the updates in this article, and in our socials (Twitter and LinkedIn), as Steph has mentioned. 

Aside from that, I came across a couple of interesting projects and work, that we will definitely highlight in the community. It was a great week and I'm looking forward to continue on with learning, interacting, exploring and highlighting more on conservation technology!

Netty.

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Science Director, Vulcan

Vulcan
Are you passionate about making a meaningful impact on our community? Seattle-based Vulcan is looking to hire a science leader to support its work advising the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.

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What events/workshops are you looking forward to? 

Hi wildlabbers, I need some hivemind help! What conservation tech related events are you looking forward to in the next few months? I'm talking webinars, workshops,...

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Hi Steph,

Great to hear back. Yes, mostly working on forest conservation and fire in the West but also conservation finance (analog and automated platforms to leverage public/private funding) and remote sensing a fair bit. I need to get back to carnivores! How about you?

Best,

V

Sounds great Stephanie, thanks! I think I'm going to go ahead and put a post in the main Acoustics group also, and then will use the instructions to link that post to the event calendar. Thanks again!

This is a great one! I will be attending virtually.

Though did not receive any feedback to the emails I sent them about issues registrating. Had to call them from Italy to get a response, was not fun -.-" ! But very excited about this event, hopefully everything runs smoothly for us attending virtually, although I'm a little discouraged.

Cheers :)

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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!

This update to the WILDLABS platform is mostly focused around events functionality. There are lots of small fixes that should make the events system look and work better but the major change is the platform now has a past events feed, especially useful when finding events where a recording is available. More archived events and recordings will be added over time so keep checking back.

August 8, 2022

New functionality

  • Past events section on the main events feed and community groups' events feeds
  • A "recording available" option for past events. This will show up on event displays and can be filtered by on event feeds

Small changes / fixes

  • The global feed now shows times in your local timezone (this was missed in the previous timezone work)
  • Timezone displays are a bit tidier on event pages, especially for UTC events
  • Times, timezones and event creators are now shown on event cards
  • Time and location fields on events are now non-compulsory (useful for posting events where these are not known yet)
  • A banner now shows on an event page if it is in the past
  • Fixed a bug where switching an event from in-person to online kept the in-person address.
  • Fixed an issue with the validation of German postcodes
  • Lots of style fixes on event cards
  • Fixed an issue where pasting in a url (in body text) that didn't have a usable embed would hide the url
  • Tidied up the edit form for file attachments
  • Descriptions on our new Link content type (see previous update) are now capped at 280 characters
     

As always, please let the WILDLABS team know in the troubleshooting and bugs discussion if you spot any issues with these updates or anything else.

Hi everyone!

Another update to the WILDLABS Platform this week after the events fixes earlier on (see above). This one is mostly to get some new functionality around careers posting in.

You might have noticed careers posts around the site, but these have so far been limited to the WILDLABS platform team and a few trial users. From today we're opening up the functionality to all members.

Select the new post button as usual and post a career to one or several groups. Be sure to put in location details and the application deadline (this will count down every day so people know how many days are left to apply).

Please let the WILDLABS team know if you have any ideas on how we could improve the careers functionality.

Oh and while on careers, a quick plug that the application deadline for our internship here at Octophin Digital is on Monday.

August 12, 2022

New functionality (careers)

  • Careers can now be posted by everyone (along with lots of editing fixes to the careers section now that it's public)
  • Fixes to the country and location section to deduplicate multiple countries and display them better in a comma separated list

New functionality / fixes (general)

  • You now get a notification if someone replies to a comment you've posted. Thank you for everyone who flagged that we missed this. We'll be rolling out other fixes to notifications over the next couple of weeks.
  • Small fix on the appearance of notifications when you click on the bell when visiting your profile page.
     

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
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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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New Platform Help: Troubleshooting & bugs

Hi wildlabbers, We're so pleased to introduce you to the new WILDLABS Platform. For the past 18 months, we've been hard at work building a new home for our...

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I have had two this week. Is there a way to report/ block them?

 

Messages have started with "Hello Darling" so do not think they are conservation orientated 

Okay great - thanks for flagging this. It's helpful to know it didn't just come to our team's accounts - we also got the same message and blocked the account immediately. Til now our spam filiters have working well blocking accounts like this at the registration stage, but we're going to change some things to prevent abuse of the DM system. We're having a meeting to finalise some decisions on it this morning - will report back after. 

Thanks! 

Steph 

Quick report on what we're doing on the technical side:

First of all, so sorry that this has happened. We worked hard on spam prevention on the registration system and after lots of effort using many different methods, managed to cut that down to zero or almost zero. At least for automated "bot" accounts.

But the user account involved in this seems to have got by that and then used our bespoke messaging system to spam recently logged in users. From the facts that 

  • it targeted recently logged in users (who appear in that order on the member directory) 
  • the messages are spaced apart in time in a way that a robot would probably not do

I suspect this is a manual copy-paste spammer.

We're working on reporting tools and other ways to prevent this but for now we've changed the system so that messages from blocked users will no longer be shown in member inboxes.

Please continue to report spam issues to the WILDLABS team until we work out further solutions for reporting.

Any suggestions from other platforms you use on which reporting tools you find the most helpful will also be much appreciated. We'd love to fix this in a way that helps with any other platform abuse issues that might come up in the future as the community grows.

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Getting Started in the WILDLABS Community

Welcome to WILDLABS! Our new platform is full of ways to engage with our global conservation technology community and connect you to members, resources, opportunities, events, and more. Read on to learn about how you...

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Looking for examples of cities using digital sustainability tools

(I posted this in another community as well; I hope that's not against guidelines.) Hi all, I'm looking for cities that aggregate envrironmental data from open...

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I't note sure this meets your needs, but you may find this method of interest:

From PLOS ONE: https://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0249715

 

 

Hi Courtney, 

Over on Twitter your question has had a useful reply from CodeforPDX:

Steph 

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Black Mammalogists Week - Get Involved!

Hi Wildlabbers, Our Black Mammalogists Week friends are gearing up for a week of great conservation discussion, networking, and collaborating! On May 3rd, they'll be...

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Hi all! My name is Gabi Fleury and I'm part of the Black Mammalogists Week organizing committee and will be collaborating with WILDLABS on setting up this May 3rd Hackathon.

Really excited to have people involved in this event and am available to ask any questions here on the forum, or through a DM on Twitter at @fleurygs or through my email [email protected] The Google Form is a great place to start to get you signed up and interacting on our Slack platform and forming teams, so please do fill it out if interested!

As was mentioned, we also would love to start gathering subject area experts, so if you're an expert in tech and you'd like to volunteer your expertise to advise this event's participants, please do drop me a line!

 

 

 

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Apply to the 2022 GOSH Gathering in Panamá!

The Gathering for Open Science Hardware (GOSH) community is excited to announce that applications to attend the 2022 GOSH Gathering are now open! The Gathering will be held at...

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There are only a few days left to apply to the 2022 Gathering for Open Science Hardware! Join a community of scientists, hardware developers, artists, and activists working together on open hardware for science!

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Friday check in - what have you been working on this week?

Hi everyone,  How are you all doing this week? I'd love to hear about what you've been working on - drop into the thread today and share photos, wins/fails,...

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Hi Stef (and others), I've been using old Natural resource maps from the 1970's to look at the habitats and resources that are identified within protected areas, most of which we haven't been able to survey in the future to help in a management planning workshop so that we can better understand what assessments need to be done in these areas for effective management of the resources.
some of the data isn't digitized as yet, 

Heya @LindyClydeKnowles - so nice to see you! This is super interesting, thanks for sharing :) 

Some cool stuff happening over on twitter too: 

Got back from deploying some AudioMoths & Swifts in SE Madagascar! Passive acoustic monitoring for lemurs. Also found out I got accepted to the @cv4ecology summer school! pic.twitter.com/qIlVE3hsqg

— Carly Batist (@Carly_Batist) March 12, 2022

Heard that I’ve been awarded £5k for acoustic recorder purchase! 

— Carlos Abrahams (@abr_eco) March 11, 2022

Been reviewing data from some recorders I put out in vineyards last year. Some fun stuff going on! pic.twitter.com/OM7NOM3v7k

— David Savage (@david_t_savage) March 11, 2022

@LiamSeaDickson I bet you did something exciting this week 

— Stuart Negus (@Stu_707) March 11, 2022

I had the opportunity to present my research using #drones4good to MPs at the Houses of Parliament, and talk about the importance of conserving our marine environment! 

I was a finalist in the #STEMforBRITAIN competition - it was an incredible experience! pic.twitter.com/W8cdW3IqCg

— Liam C Dickson (@LiamSeaDickson) March 11, 2022

 

 

Hello!

I have been watching GPS collars carefully as their are nearing their time of drop-off. We are testing burst fixes on these last few weeks of their 2.5 year deployment. So I am keeping a close eye on the battery levels so they will not die before beeing dropped off.

Also, I have been cooperating with Tobias from the Firetail acceleration and tracking visualization software to get support of ACC data from our Vectronic Vertex Plus collars.

Finally I have testing IP security cameras to see if they could be suitable to monitor our arctic fox dens in Greenland.

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Opportunity: Graphic Designer

FieldKit
The FieldKit team is now seeking a freelance Graphic Designer with a passion for conservation technology! If you'd like to use your skills to connect with a conservation technology community, please send a cover letter...

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Opportunity: Communications and Digital Media Coordinator

Ventana Wildlife Society
Ventana Wildlife Society is now seeking a Communications and Digital Media Coordinator to join their team and use digital media to tell the story of their work, including the conservation technology-heavy recovery...

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