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The Future of wildlife?

Hello everyone! I'm currently working on a project that tries to initiate discussion on the possibilities of increased privatization of wildlife, along with increased roles of market forces on them. To do so I have created...
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Bright Frog Game Studios logging on!

Hello! My name is Gabriela Fleury, a conservation biologist and graduate of the University of Cape Town's ConBio programme. I work with Jaymie Krambeck, a software engineer, to create environmental education video games under our newly founded Bright Frog Game...
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Loving the enthuasim Gabriela (and Jaymie), welcome to the WILDLABS community! We're delighted to have you on board.

You're already right amongst it, so I'm pretty much just going to keep our of your way so you can keep doing your thing. Just know that I'm here (via direct message through my profile or at [email protected]) if you need me. 

As with all new members, I do recommend checking out our regular digest as a great way to get oriented about the latest conversations that are happening in the community, the most recent issue is available here.

You've done a stellar job introducing yourself to the community here, if you're keen to connect with other members a good starting point is our welcome thread or our member directory

Other than that, there is nothing more to add from my end. I look forward to seeing your enthusiastic posts in our community! 

Steph

Welcome! How are you getting on with your game studio?

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Biodesign - using pheromones & tech to curate future ecosystems

Hi all, My team and I are from Imperial College and the Royal College of Art, and we've been working on a concept as part of the Biodesign Challenge - envisaging future applications of biotechnology (i.e. emphasis on plausible near-future applications rather than...
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Hi. Personally, I like the idea of number 1. It could also be useful for catching invasive species such as lionfish, or maybe it could also act as a lure for them. Could species over time adapt to the presence of the phermones though? 

The third point sounds like a GMO and it's one thing when it's being proposed for crops, but it's another when it comes to wild species. That could forever alter the gene pool, similar to the debate over the farming of GMO salmon in proximity to wild populations. 

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Upcoming capacity building conference

Hi all! I'll be attending a conference on capacity building in Pune, India this week. There wil be a day of tech demonstrations available for participants covering things from drones to GIS. Check this link...
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I went to one of the ERT Spatial Ecology and conservation conferences in Bristol a couple of years ago. It was invaluable - I discovered things there that I'm now using extensively at work. Plus, Mark is a great guy. I checked back recently and saw that this was happening - it sounds wonderful - have a great time! The WILDLABS.NET session looks awesome!

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Sign up to participate in Make for the Planet during the Earth Optimism Summit

Do you plan on being in Washington, D.C. over Earth Day weekend? Join Conservation X Labs and teams of hackers, coders, makers, engineers, designers, entrepreneurs, creative thinkers and tinkerers to celebrate Earth Day weekend 2017 by creating solutions to challenging...
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This sounds fantastic! Am based out of San Diego but could potentially travel in and would be interested to join a WILDLABS team if there's one in the making.

Managed to chorale a group together at my company and submitted our application last night. If any Wildlabs folk are joining as part of other teams though, I love to meet them there (and will keep my fingers crossed that we're all selected to attend!) :)

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Info Tech for Non-Profits blog

Info Tech for Non-Profits blog Only tangentially related to wildlife conservation technology, but I believe of general interest to anyone trying to maximize value in a field that doesn't have a lot of money to spare. I...
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This is a great blog, it's really interesting!

For those of you who work with large datasets and/or have a high turn over in temp files, the below list of software packages just makes life easier when managing laptop space, cleaning up cached files and zipping/unzipping compressed documents. Enjoy:

- For extended displays etc. Display Fusion. Free for the first month or so for the advanced version and then basic but still free after that. Most importantly allows you to have multiple display profiles so when you remove your laptop from a dock you can switch to a different profile and visa versa.  

- For cleaning up a computer with a bunch of rubbish in cache folders etc. (taking up memory and slowing things down) which are difficult to find- CCleader.

- For playing all media and audio types while circumventing the frequent codec problem encountered with windows media player: VLC Media Player.

- For zipping and unzipping a variety of files and a generally superior compression ratio: 7-Zip. This also works for extracting pictures etc. from word documents without opening them- allows you to cut down on word document size without the palaver of opening and scrolling through it.

- Google Earth has now unlocked it’s PRO version with increased functionality for general use (used to cost $400 per year). You can download Google Earth PRO here.

- For programmers or those wishing to view script or large logs in a simple note pad layout but with proper coded colours, indents, file tabs etc. Notepad++.

- Finally for understanding how much space is available and what is taking up the room on any driver: SpaceSniffer.exe. Spacesniffer gives you a graphical representation of whatever driver you point it at (e.g. C Drive) which will allow you to identify possible areas of wasted space and/or bad sectors on external harddrives.

All of the software here was either introduced to me during my time with the Environment Agency or working with the Canadian government so they’ve all been vetted. The only one which is a new download mirror is the CCleaner link but it looks like the software I use on my machine currently. I usually download if from CNET but that comes up with a large number of popups…

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It's 2017

Now that we're in 2017 officially, what has you excited for the year? What technological innovations are you looking forward to testing out?
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I'm new to wildlabs, and super excited that this forum exists. I'd worked in technology (hardware design) for about 12.5 years, but am now looking for avenues to use that tech experience towards conservation. Personally, I'm just excited to learn about how and where I can use my skills to aid conservation.

My organization—Wildlife Conservation Network—is trying to use technology to more efficiently connect the stories of our conservation parters with supporters, and increasing our reach. Video is really the theme for many of our projects this year.

We did livestreaming of our Expo last Fall on both Facebook and YouTube, and that worked out well. We'll be doing the same for our 2017 Spring expo this year. Facebook heavily promotes you on your followers’ feeds when you are live. We ended up with over 12k video views so I highly recommend that you all experiment with Facebook Live this year.

I also just picked up an DJI Osmo Mobile camera gimbal. My initial tests are pretty darn impressive, especially when travelling in a vehicle over bumpy terrain. I’ll be using it on-site in Africa in a couple of weeks, and I expect it will take the quality of the typical field video up significantly.

I'm sure the next step will be to invest in a proper lav mic.

And I’m going to be training our partners on the basics of using iMovie to create and upload their own videos to YouTube.

I know this isn't exactly wildlife tech, but I think that pretty much everyone these days has a fantastic opportunity to document the amazing, cutting-edge work you are doing to share it with the world.

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DC Tech Meetup, November 15th

DC WILDLABS friends: Rachel Kramer (WILDLABS Steering Group, WWF) will join local start-ups at the DC Tech Meetup to demo WILDLABS on November 15th from 7-8:30pm ET. If you're...
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It looks like the event went swimmingly @Rachel+Kramer and @jprobert! Did you have a chance to meet any other members or hear about other particularly interesting projects? (photo credit: John Probert)

It was amazing!!!!

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What to you is considered a species?

There's been a lot of debate on what exactly is a species, and a paper came out in 2001 by Jody Hey which looked at the problem of determining what is a species because of all of the different definitions. I had to read this paper for a class I am taking in graduate school...
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IUCN Post discussion

Hi all,   I'm curious, what to you was the most inspiring thing about the Congress? What was the best talk? Who had the best giveaway items? What to you made this conference like no other? I'd love to get your opinions on it.
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Wildlife Conservation Expo · Oct 8 in San Francisco, CA, USA

Greetings all, My organization—Wildlife Conservation Network—is hosting our annual Wildlife Conservation Expo in San Francisco on Oct 8 this year. 15 of our conservation...
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It's a wonderful event and I hope some folks from this community might attend next time. Great opportunity to meet the conservationists. 

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Join other WILDLABS members this evening!

Hello congress participants!  It's been so great to meet all the WILDLABS members here at the congress, I think I've already met everyone who has said they're here and pulled them into our informal gataherings. But for those who haven't made...
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Download our handy guide for the tech sessions at WCC

We've scoured the 1000+ sessions in the IUCN World Conservation Congress program to create a Conservation Technology Pathway. With so many tech sessions going on, I needed to create a thorough schedule just for my own benefit. If I found it useful, I'm sure...
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Thanks a lot for this!

Thank you very much @StephODonnell 

 

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Presenting at the IUCN Congress? Share your event details

We're developing a full schedule of all the conservation tech events at the Congress, to be released in the next few days. There are more than 60 tech sessions over the main four days of the congress, so there is going to be a lot of competition for attention...
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Hi all

We are running a session on IUCN's decision support tools (mostly databases) for addressing invasive alien species. Many of the tools have come about due to mandates from CBD, and in partnership with other organisations.

Species Conservation Pavilion

4 September 2016

19:30 - 21:30

Details can be seen here - https://portals.iucn.org/congress/session/12436

Many thanks

On behalf of the United States Department of State, I'd like to invite all interested conservationists, technologists, and others to take part in-person or online in a conservation technology event centered around the upcoming Zoohackathon

www.zoohackathon.com

On Friday, September 2 at 1:00 - 1:30 pm in the U.S. Pavilion at the World Conservation Congress, Undersecretary of State Cathy Novelli will host a group of leading wildlife officials, including CITES Secretary General John Scanlon and Association of Zoos and Aquariums Executive Director Kris Vehrs, for a conversation about Zoohackathon and conservation technology generally. We'll show off the recently developed Wildlife Witness app and then answer a few questions solicitied from YOU via WildLabs.net!

Please reply to this thread, write me directly, or follow up with other Zoohackathon threads on WildLabs to ask your conservation tech questions to this group of senior officials. Before the event, we'll pull a few of these questions and ask our panel, film the responses, and provide film and transcript follow-ups on WildLabs.

And if you can join us at the event in Hawaii, we'd love to see you! Then stick around for Jane Goodall's talk immediately following.

Thanks!

DeMark

Zoohackathon Global Coordinator, U.S. Department of State, [email protected] 

 

Hi @StephODonnell and others,

I'll be joining NOAA, Pew, Walton etc for a workshop on "Application of Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) Tools for Marine Protected Area (MPA) Enforcement" (session number: 10303; room 307AB; September 2, 2:30-7pm).

My part will be to present on a project that Stimson is launching ahead of the Our Ocean Conference called Secure Our Oceans, focused on technology and innovation for ocean security, including IUU (partnership with National Geographic). Check out www.secureoceans.org

J

 

 

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Are you heading to Hawai'i for the IUCN World Conservation Congress?

We're two weeks out from the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawai'i. 'm keen to meet as many WILDLABS.NET members as possible while I'm there, so if you're planning on attending, I'd love to hear from you. If you're coming along and...
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Hello,

I won't be attending the IUCN conference in Hawaii, but I am writing an article on efforts to curtail the illegal wildlife trade through greater regional and international cooperation between the entities tasked with stopping the trade.

The premise of the artlice will  focus on the issues raised in this working paper. https://cites.org/sites/default/files/eng/cop/17/WorkingDocs/E-CoP17-28.pdf

I'd like to focus on initiatives underway to clamp  down on the transportation and logistics aspects of the global trade.  And I'd like to interview the representatives of the conservation groups and agency officials attending for their views on what they'd like to see happen at Cop17.

My deadline is Sept 8th. But I'd like to conduct interviews this coming week.

Thanks,

Enrique Gili
Freelance Writer
email:[email protected]
Twitter: gili92107
SkypeID: gili92107

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Loud noises! We've reached 1000 members!

We're excited to share that the WILDLABS.NET community swept past our 1000 member milestone yesterday, with new member @virginieb of Fondation Segré taking us over the line. It’s an exciting milestone to reach in less than nine months, and a testament...
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Request for suggestions: Innovative, technology focused conservation projects

Hi everyone, Firstly, I'm new to WildLabs.Net so a quick hello.  (I'll pop over to the introduction section shortly and add a bit more about myself for anyone who may be interested) I am the founder of a new charity. We will be launching our first project...
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Hi Kieran,

We should connect and have a chat!

Ross.

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