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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

TRAINING THE ASHANINKA AND BEING TRAINED BY THEM

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

Engaging Local Communities in Conservation Research

The sun is getting low on the horizon, and after five long hours of hiking up and down the hilly landscape of the Lefini Reserve in the heat of the day, Maximain, our guide, decides it is time to set-up camp for the night. However, we’ve been following a path made by a group of … Continue reading

Extreme Citizen Science in Qualitative Inquiry 2.0 paper

A new paper by Uwe Flick, which is based on keynote address at the 10th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (May 2014, Urbana–Champaign). The paper, titled ‘Qualitative Inquiry—2.0 at 20?: Developments, Trends, and Challenges for the Politics of Research’ appeared in Qualitative Inquiry. The abstract of the paper provide an overview of the field over 20 years: After 20 … Continue reading

VGI and indigenous knowledge – COST Energic Video

Our work with groups in the Congo-basin is now appearing in a video that was produced by the European Network exploring Research into Geographic Information Crowdsourcing (COST ENERGIC)

WARMING UP IN THE AMAZON RAINFOREST

I am now back from my second fieldtrip to the Ashaninka people from Amônea River. The first fieldtrip was in January, in which I started the free, prior and informed consent process with the community. In that occasion, I presented the Extreme Citizen Science Research Group to them and we talked about possibilities of collaboration. … Continue reading

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