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  • New tools for monitoring biodiversity and environments Ed Baker Natural History Museum
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  • How can we do science when this..
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  • . becomes this.
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  • What can we make machines do for us?
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  • What can we measure? http://ubidots.wordpress.com/2012/01/28/the-internet-and-the-nature-of-things/
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  • Can we put the environment online? http://ubidots.wordpress.com/2012/01/28/the-internet-and-the-nature-of-things/
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  • The Internet of Things http://ubidots.wordpress.com/2012/01/28/the-internet-and-the-nature-of-things/
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  • Do we have to become hardware engineers as well now?
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  • Id recommend it. Its fun building stuff.
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  • Do we have to become hardware engineers as well now? Id recommend it. Its fun building stuff. Potential for collaboration outside of biology
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  • Do we have to become hardware engineers as well now? Id recommend it. Its fun building stuff. Potential for collaboration outside of biology Take citizen science somewhere new: citizen engineering
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  • CITIZEN ENGINEERING?
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  • Once again physics got there first
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  • Hackers and makers http://www.flickr.com/photos/fumi/3546898731/
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  • Take a microcontroller
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  • Plug in ethernet and SD card
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  • Add some sensors
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  • Write some code
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  • Environmental data to Scratchpads
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  • In terms of hardware its crude
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  • In terms of hardware its crude But the data is good data
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  • In terms of hardware its crude But the data is good data Its cheap (pretty much disposable)
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  • What about academic collaboration?
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  • You can listen for bush crickets
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  • Can we automate this?
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  • In Situ Acoustic Monitoring of Biodiversity
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  • Can we automate this?
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  • Dont stop there!
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  • Add a GPS! Location, but also time
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  • Dont stop there! Add a GPS! Location, but also time Temperature, humidity, light levels
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  • We can already do a lot if we collaborate
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  • We need to think big in terms of scope, scale and speed
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  • You can put a plant on Twitter
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  • Why not a whole forest?
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  • You can track a domestic cat
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  • Why not track hundreds of individuals?