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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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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 conservation technology. To make this dream a reality, it meant that we needed to put all of our publishing...
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Just found the new site and I´m ready to dive right in!
Great work Steph!

Hi! I can't seem to find the private messages in the new platform. Is it something that's not part of the site anymore?

Hi Ileana, 

Yes, this functionality is coming, it'll be rolled out in the next few weeks. I am actually super excited about how it's working (more live chat than DM system), but we are still going through final testing before we're happy releasing it out into the wild. So hang tight - you'll see message buttons pop up throughout the site and a new icon on your top menu when it's live. 

Steph  

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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 conservation technology community. Now that it's time to welcome members new and familiar to see what...
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Amazing @StephODonnell   Looking great!

But I had a really odd problem so begin with.

I went through the process to reset my password, and it all looked good. I logged off and couldn't login again!!

I realised that I could login OK on Mozilla Firefox, it was just Chrome.  Grrrrr....

Finally after I cleared my browsing history it logged me correctly.  I guess it was not letting go of WIldlabs 1.0 so easily. 

 

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WILDLABS 2.0: Introducing Our New Platform

When WILDLABS launched nearly seven years ago, we always hoped it would grow into a vibrant, diverse, and supportive community that spans every continent, with members using every type of technology to meet major conservation challenges. It has been such a privilege to not only see this community grow day by day, but to now have a new home in which our community can continue to thrive together. 

For the past 18 months, we've been hard at work building this new home for our conservation technology community. Every new feature of our platform has been designed...

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Share your funniest field fails with us!

Hi Wildlabbers, We've got a fun challenge for you this week - we're looking for the funniest field fails from our community! Did a bear chew on your gear? Did an elephant stomp on your camera trap, or did rodents repurpose the casing as a cozy...
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Here's a video and a pic of a field fail on a project we did with Dr. Meredith Palmer. We designed and built an automated behavioral response system (ABRS) where we would play a sound when a camera trap was triggered and then record the video of the animal's response to it. Unfortunately the hyena's response to the sound of a prey was to eat the audio system.

Here's a link to the last video captured by the system:
https://youtu.be/h7SsuzAeJ5U

And here' s a pic of the aftermath:

 

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Have your say - take the WILDLABS Community Survey 2019

Hi wildlabbers! We've just launched our Community Survey for 2019 - if you have a moment, please give it a whirl! We want to hear about your experiences as a member of WILD...
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Hi everyone, 

So a quick update on this. We've had 100+ responses so far which lots of really interesting feedback coming through. We're going to close this year's survey at the end of the month, so you still have time to add your perpsective to the mix. 

In the meantime, I thought I'd share some of the early results we've had so you can see what trends are coming through. I'll share the results in seperate comments in this thread over the next few days so it's not too overwhelming. I'm very interested to hear any thoughts about these early results - do you agree with them, are they unexpected? 

The first one is about the functionality you want us to concentrate on adding to WILDLABS in the next 12 months. From responses so far, the highest priority is for what I'd classify as tools for collaboration. There are a lot of things you'd classify as nice to have, but hands down you'd prioritise new tools that allow you to share information/updates about your work, and make it easier to find people with skills you need or projects that need your skills. are what what you want to see asap.

Conversely, you're not particularly interested in knowing more about how things you post here are doing (e.g. personal analytics or a badging system). This is interesting - I suspect it's because it doesn't really matter how many people see what you post, the main thing that matters is the practical outcome and whether you get the answer or connection that was the reason behind you posting.

What do you think, do the trends about functionality priorities agree with what you think? 

Steph 

 

 

 

 

 

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Are you heading to Colombia for the SCB International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB 2017)?

We're only a few days out from the SCB International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB 2017), which will be held in Cartagena, Colombia this year from 23rd-27th July.    The program has just been released and it's full of exciting tech workshops,...
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Hello to everyone following along with this thread! We having a #tech4wildlife happy hour this evening from 4:30pm:

 EL BARÓN - Café & Liquor Bar
Cra. 4 #31-7, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
+57 5 6643105
https://goo.gl/maps/tzD14zWRaFF2

Participants from the two tech workshops - the tech think tank and the camera trap workshop - are coming along, and anyone else is welcome! 

steph

 

Hi guys,

I'll be staffing the Miradi Software booth that Nick mentioned. So in case you don't make to any of the sessions, you can swing by our booth and ask questions, learn more about Miradi.org and MiradiShare.org and/or take part in our raffle to win  free subscription for Miradi.

 

Looking forward to seeing you all real soon,

Felix

hey Felix, great to hear from you! I'll definitely be popping by to find out more, thanks for sharing your booth details. 

As there are two tech focused symposiums today, plus your event nick, we're going to have another happy hour this evening for tech folk. Our one on Saturday had ~40 people, and, from the feedback I've had, people really appreciated the chance to sit for a while and have proper ind conversations. So it seems valuable to host another one.

Tech Happy Hour

5pm Tonight

Plaza de la Santísima Trinidad

Map below

We also have a growing tech whatsapp group which is how we're coordinating a lot of impromptu meetups, so if you'd like to join just add me at +44 7702255269, and let me know who you are. It'd also be helpful if you told me a sentence about what you're working on so I have a bit of context to connect you into the group. 

Looking forward to seeing old faces and meeting new ones. See you all soon 

Steph

 

 

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Join our #Tech4Wildlife Photo Challenge this World Wildlife Day (March 3)

In celebration of World Wildlife Day this Friday, we're going to be holding our second annual #Tech4Wildlife Photo Challenge over on twitter! It would be fantastic to see lots of photos shared from WILDLABS community...
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Here is a picture of the black caiman (Melanosuchus niger) taken by a drone, during an expedition throughout the Juruá river, in the Brazilian Amazon.

For the first time UAV was used for counting river dolphins in the Amazon. Here is the tucuxi (Sotalia fluviatilis) during a expedition in November 2016, in the Amazon.

WWF-Brasil in partnership with conservationdrones and Mamirauá Institute is leading a project aiming at using drones for supporting studies on river dolphins abundance. It is the first time this approach has been used.  

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Digital + core business = biodiversity or ecosystem benefits?

I'm doing some research for an article I'm co-authoring and was wondering if anyone knows of cases where a company has used digital technology to both fundamentally change their business model AND reduce their biodiversity/ecosystem impact...
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Hi Francesca,

I don't think I have the exact answers you are looking for, but 1) maybe where companies have switched from paper/flyer marketing to solely web-based adverts (possibly reducing waste). 2) Check out some of the applications currently being developed around blockchain technology (which underpins the digital currency Bitcoin), specifically in regards to potentially optimising efficiency or energy usage or supply chain transparency (with knock-on effects for improving environmental certification schemes). 

Provenance are a start-up currently developing such a model, and may be worth investigating. Here in Edinburgh Uni there is a also blockchain project working with Oxfam on something related to reducing waste/increasing efficiency. 

 

The blockchain example is a really great point - one that didn't come immediately to mind for me, even though I read about Provenance just a week or two ago. There is a good write up of the project in the link I've included below - it's worth reading, particularly if you're interested in or working on marine conservation and sustainable fisheries. 

 

 

 

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wildtech.mongabay.com is a great resource

I just wanted to plug Monga Bay's WildTech area of their site. It's a great resource for information highly relevant to the topics in this forum. Just today there was...
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Thanks for the link - yes, I agree Mongabay's WildTech areas is a great resource for anyone interested in keeping up to date with the latest conservation tech news. Sue Palminteri's article is facinating and is definitely worth a read. The video showing the daily movement of elephants is particularly interesting (see the screenshot below) - it was a case study Katherine Chou of Google.org spoke about in her Fuller Symposium address as well. That they're getting close to real time monitoring is very exciting - it would have been amazing to have that capacity in other projects I've been involved with. 

The key take-aways you highlight match a lot of what came up in the Fuller Symposium and other discussions about HWC. The consensus from Wired in the Wild - Can technology save the planet?   was that no, it cannot. It is simply a very useful tool that, when used appropriately, could have significant impacts in the challenges conservation is attempting to tackle. Numerous speakers drove home the point that technology is not and should not be the starting point; we need to be technology agnostic. We must start by understanding the challenge and then looking at what (if any) technology might help to address it given the circumstances. 

The Elephants and Bees approach is a great example of why we need to start with challenge rather than the technology. Sometimes the best solution is the low tech approach. Nilanga Jayasinghe highlighed this in her thought piece about HWC - giving a similar example of work WWF is doing in Nepal: 

'During a recent visit to Nepal, I visited rural villages where wild elephants often raid rice fields during harvest season. The communities had installed electric fences but this tool didn't always succeed on its own. Elephants are smart and persistent: they had learned to break the fence’s electric current, and then the fence itself, by using trees to push over the supporting stakes. To solve this problem, we worked with farmers to dig fish ponds in front of the fences as an additional obstacle. Adding an additional barrier not only made it harder for the elephants to get into the fields, it also gave the communities more time to respond and drive elephants away. This simple solution has not only reduced elephant raids, but has also improved local livelihoods from the sale of the fish grown in the ponds.' 

 

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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 sentences, we'd love to hear about what brought you here - why are you interested in conservation tech?...
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I am based out of Singapore and a co-founder of Ai Digital World Pte Ltd (https://aidigitalworld.com) , which primarily provides solutions for Conservation,Wild life, National Park etc.   Our key clients includes IUCN, WWF, Givernment of Bhutan etc. I have strong desire to provide comprehnesive tech solutions to challanges being faced by National Park Managements. A product  'PCA-Suite:Integrated Solutions for Protected & Conserved Area Management' is an effort to solve one of the biggest challenges is data management, retrieval, capturing and demonstrating the conservation impact. Management Plan designing, Tracking site progress, enforcement and monitoring, basic information collating and much more. An integrated offering, pre deployed and customised tablet ( turn key approach ) has got good support from the field experts.

Glimpse of the product  : https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6839957461202546688

Reach out to me if you looking for collaboration ([email protected]) . We are keen to partner with the organizations of global repute.

Hello everyone!

I'm a web developer (software engineer) working with large enterprise-level systems. This involves designing and building web services to process large amounts of data to support business processes in real-time.

As rewarding as my work is, I've been searching for ways to apply my skills to support regenerative projects such as reforestation and ecosystem regeneration. The most inspiring project I've seen that strikes my passion is the on-going MELITÓN project from Regenerative Resources. I'm hoping to find similar projects here (albet smaller in scale?).

I'm looking forward to exploring WildLabs and see what I can contribute. If anyone can suggest how I could fit in, then hit me up - I'll be very happy to chat :)

Cheers everyone!

Hi everyone!

I'm a recently graduated Industrial Designer and I want to focus my career in conservation. I want to do something relevant with what I learned in my studies: project management, product design and development, production analysis and user-focused decision-making, among other things. I hope to learn more about the technologies used in conservation tech and what works better for the people involved.

Hope I can get involved in interesting projects!

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WILDLABS Virtual Meetup Series: Season Three

Introduction

The WILDLABS Virtual Meetup Series is a program of webinars for community members and wider partners to discuss emerging topics in conservation technology and leverage existing community groups for virtual exchange. The aim of the series is to bring leading engineers in the tech sector together with academics and conservation practitioners to share information, identify obstacles, and discuss how to best move forward.

Season One of the series took place in late 2018, covering new data...

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Getting Started in the WILDLABS Community

Welcome to WILDLABS! Whether you’re a familiar member or brand-new in our community, the newly updated WILDLABS Platform has given us a great chance to introduce you to all the ways you can get involved in the conservation tech space.

This guide will help you get the most of WILDLABS and our ever-growing range of resources, events, opportunities, and of course, our global community of conservation tech users, makers, and supporters.

First Steps in the WILDLABS Community

Our WILDLABS platform is brand-new, but...

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Media stories highlight WILDLABS research & community

WILDLABS Team
We're thrilled and honored to see two more great articles out this week covering our recent State of Conservation Technology research! The first, published in Mongabay, was written by Caitlin Looby. On top of an excellent summary of our research findings...
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AI for Conservation Office Hours: 2021 Review

We launched our new Office Hours Programme this autumn with the aim of bringing expert #tech4wildlife advice from data scientists directly to conservationists through 1:1 advice sessions. With the support of Microsoft's AI for Earth Programme, we created a unique opportunity for conservationists both thinking about using AI and those already doing AI work to discuss with a data expert both what’s possible and what to try next, which proved to be a valuable experience for those involved. 

From considering the hard problems and accuracy rate of thermally-triggered photographs...

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The State of Conservation Technology 2021

About the research

As global environmental challenges continue to escalate, understanding how to most effectively leverage tech for conservation is critical. Through this research, we identify the conservation technologies seen as having the highest untapped potential, uncover the most pressing constraints preventing progress, and pinpoint the most powerful opportunities for advancement in this rapidly evolving discipline.

In gathering and synthesizing insights from all of you - the users and...

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WILDLABS State of Conservation Tech Survey 2021

About the research

In 2020, WILDLABS partnered with researchers at Colorado State University to evolve our annual survey into a comprehensive assessment of the State of Conservation Technology

Our work - which includes triangulating survey findings through focus group discussions with 50 leading experts - has been accepted for publication with Conservation Biology, and will be available in the coming weeks. Alongside our academic publication, we will also be...

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COVID-19 & Conservation Tech: The Story So Far

Building a Conservation Tech Story with Community DataThe WILDLABS community plays a vital role in helping researchers and tech developers understand the real experiences and needs of conservation technology users.

Over the past year, as the global pandemic impacted the work of many in the conservation field, technology became even more important in helping conservation adapt to shifting project plans, lack of field access, and other challenges. Within the WILDLABS community's diverse experiences and challenges is a story about conservation...

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Survey: COVID-19 and Conservation Tech

About the research

Vulcan is partnering with EMC Research, with support from WILDLABS, to conduct a confidential survey about the impacts of COVID-19 on conservation efforts and implications for conservation technology.

Your participation will help inform storytelling efforts about technology's role in conservation work throughout the pandemic, and help us understand how you use technology to assist your work. Any insights, stories, posts, or other media that are generated from the results of this survey will be shared with the community...

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Download the WILDLABS Community Review 2018-19

At WILDLABS, we are building a community around conservation technology. Over the past four years, we've seen our community thrive, bringing together over 3,000 global members who openly share information and collaborate on technology solutions to pressing conservation challenges.

Through our online platform, conservationists are connecting directly with technology experts in over 750 discussion threads, explaining the...

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Join the 4th annual #Tech4Wildlife Photo Challenge!

Today is the start of our 4th annual #Tech4Wildlife photo challenge! 

To celebrate World Wildlife Day, this week we’re asking users of conservation tech to share photos on Twitter of how they use tech in the field and the lab, using the #Tech4Wildlife hashtag. This is your chance to show the diverse, innovative ways you are using tech for wildlife conservation.

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Take the WILDLABS Community Survey 2019!

This survey is your opportunity to tell us about your experiences as a member of the WILDLABS Community. We want to hear about what first brought you to the community, how you use the platform, and how being a part of this community has benefited your work. Equally, it's your chance to tell us how you want WILDLABS to evolve over the next few years - what platform functionality, collaborative tools, or community programs would make the biggest impact for you? 

More broadly, this year we're also asking you questions aimed at building a picture of the evolving...

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