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Congo-Brazzaville

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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

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

Problematic Porcupines and Elephantine Issues

I’ve never yet seen an elephant in the Congo rainforest, and to be honest it’s a little difficult at times to imagine that animals so large can a) hide themselves so effectively or b) even fit at all in amongst the dense mess of trees and brush and leaves that make up the forest’s ground … Continue reading

Participatory Mapping in Congo-Brazzaville (Part 2): Usability experiments

Towards the last part of our field trip in Republic of the Congo and after eliminating most of the platform bugs and the decision tree became stable, we introduced the users to more structured usability tests to evaluate the effectiveness of the bespoke mobile application. The tests were composed of multiple tasks of different level … Continue reading

Participatory Mapping in Congo-Brazzaville (Part 1)

Over six weeks from the end of March to the start of May 2013, five ExCiteS members – Julia Altenbuchner, Gill Conquest, Jerome Lewis, Matthias Stevens & Michalis Vitos – travelled to the Republic of the Congo, a.k.a. Congo-Brazzaville. We spent the majority of this time in or near the rainforest of the Sangha and Likouala regions, in … Continue reading

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