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Reuniting people and maps: Participative Mapping 2017 at Cal Poly

Maps have changed the world. If you’ve visited Madrid’s Naval Museum, you will have seen a map drawn by an amalgamation of Christopher Columbus’ cartographers. The map includes, for the first time to Europeans, a partial outline of the Americas; the emptiness within the outline was ‘undiscovered’ no-mans land, ripe for the claiming by Europeans. … Continue reading

Ready, Set, Report! Five forest communities are showcasing a new style of conservation

  We’re often told that we shouldn’t trust first impressions. In the case of Baka forest hunter-gatherer communities in Cameroon, this applies more than ever. Whilst possessing intricate ecological knowledge about their rainforest, built up over a significant chunk of human evolutionary history, they may not be the first people you would turn to when … Continue reading

Forest People, Forest Elephants, and Forest Citizen Science in Cameroon

Since its initial development, Sapelli has been closely interlinked with conservation aims, ranging from resource monitoring in the Congo and CAR to surveillance groups in Brazil. Partnering with indigenous and local communities (ILCs) enables Sapelli to bring traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) to the forefront of conservation efforts, empowering marginalised communities in the process. I’m new to ExCiteS, … Continue reading

New project: WeGovNow! – citizen engagement in local government

Today, we’re starting a new research project, in which we will work closely with our social enterprise ‘Mapping for Change‘. The project, which is coordinated by the German company Empirica, is called ‘WeGovNow!’ and it is focused on civic participation in local government. Here is the abstract: WeGovNow will tap into emerging technologies for effectively … Continue reading

Skydiving, LEGO and my PhD: how I applied Extreme Citizen Science in the Pantanal, Brazil

Guest post by Rafael Chiaravalotti, PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at UCL I never liked extreme things. When I was young my brother was the one that was doing all that – skydiving, parachuting, bungee jumping, he did all this. I, on the other hand, was playing with my LEGO box all time. … 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

Back to the Field – interdisciplinary research in the Congo

Take one computer scientist, one geographer, one anthropologist, two quadcopter drones and eight Android smartphones to the Congo for a month and what do you get? That was the key research question for the latest ExCiteS expedition to Congo-Brazzaville, which got off the ground (quite literally, given the drones) in January 2015. It’s been a … Continue reading

Complex Systems: YRNCS Workshop 2014

This September the Young Researchers Network on Complex Systems (YRNCS) held their first workshop in Lucca (Italy) which featured a wide array of research disciplines, ‘self-organised’ by the YRNCS Committee, as well as those early Post Docs, masters and PhD students that attended. From climate change to human economics, a series of tutorials, participatory projects … Continue reading

The Amazon in focus: development challenges and participatory monitoring tools for the rainforest

The past two weeks were extremely busy. Between August 22nd and 24th I attended the Brazilian Studies Association Conference, which was held in London. The Conference gathered more than two hundred international scholars and students from different fields who carry out research about Brazil. There were three panels dedicated to studies on the Amazon region … Continue reading

A taste of possibilities – Extreme Citizen Science on the ground in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

As I write this blog update I am sat at a junction on the forest road, where the Moabi project field team and I (see my previous blog post for details) are staying in a hotel, of sorts, in Equateur province, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The facilities are basic but comfortable – we … Continue reading

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