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ExCiteS in ArcNews

While I was at the Esri 2015 user conference, I had the privilege of meeting with Jim Baumann, one of Esri’s writers, and shared with him the story of what we do in ExCiteS. Esri has been a big supporter of our work and is a pioneer in Citizen Science initiatives using geospatial technologies, so they decided … Continue reading

Call for Papers – Learning GIS: Establishing the Nexus Between Disciplines

Abstracts are invited for a session jointly held by the GIScience Research Group (GIScRG) and the Higher Education Research Group (HERG) at the Royal Geographical Society – Institute of British Geographers International Conference 2016. The conference runs between 30th Aug – 2nd September, 2016 at the Royal Geographic Society in London. “Learning GIS: Establishing the … Continue reading

The Paris Climate Agreement and Indigenous Rights – a view from the side at COP21

ExCiteS’ two intrepid anthropologists, Gill and Carolina, were reunited for a brief period in Paris during December, each participating in a series of side events attached to the 21st Conference of the Parties on Climate Change, better known as COP21. Carolina, who had travelled all the way to Europe for just a few weeks from … Continue reading

Geo for Good User Summit 2015

Earlier this month I was lucky enough to be part the annual Geo for Good User Summit, which brings together non-profits and public benefit organisations who use mapping technologies to make a difference in the world. The Google Earth Outreach team offered their support to participants to visualise their cause, share their story and raise awareness. Google Earth … Continue reading

RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2015 – GIS and the Anthropocene: Educational Perspectives

This year is the fourth year running where Claire and I held a session at the Royal Geographic Society’s Annual Conference; with the theme for 2015 being Geography in the Anthropocene, our session (jointly sponsored by the GISc and Higher Education Research groups of the RGS) was about learning and applying GIS in the Anthropocene and brought … Continue reading

Talk about ExCiteS & Sapelli at TEDxGhent 2015

A couple of months back I had the honour of being invited to present my and the ExCiteS’ group work at TEDxGhent. TEDx events are independently organised conferences happening all over the world, which operate under license from TED and follow the same general format of the “real” TED events. TEDxGhent 2015 took place on June … Continue reading


After spending some time in the field with no contact, I am now back to the town of Marechal Thaumaturgo, which is about three hours by boat from the Ashaninka village, and ready to tell the latest news about the Ashaninka monitoring project. After the first training that the Ashaninka received (reported in my last … Continue reading

Mapping Accessibility with Sapelli

On 19th June the ExCiteS research group and Mapping for Change, teamed up with Dr Catherine Holloway and Sarah Nicholson, Accessibility Engineering researchers at UCL, Ross Akin, an accessibility designer, and users of the Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation Mobility Centre for a day long workshop. The idea was to co-design a mobile application that could enable … Continue reading

Stories from the Field – Forest Monitoring in the Congo Basin

Together with Moabi (http://rdc.moabi.org/) we are running an evening event on the 23rd June about new tools and approaches to forest monitoring in the Congo Basin rainforests. We look forward to a lively discussion! More details are here http://rdc.moabi.org/stories-from-the-field/en/

Sapelli to tackle illegal cattle invasions for the Ju/‘hoansi of Nyae Nyae Conservancy, NA

This is a guest post by Megan Laws, who have recently used Sapelli in Namibia: During the first few weeks of my fieldwork among the Ju/‘hoansi of Nyae Nyae Conservancy, Namibia, I was asked by ‡Oma Tsamkxao, a local Ju/‘hoan field guide, to assist him in putting together a funding proposal. The funding proposal was for … Continue reading

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