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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

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

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

Training with the Moabi project and partners, DRC

Having returned to Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, for one night before departing for the forest tomorrow, I thought I’d take the opportunity of having a brief window of Internet access to blog a bit about what I’m doing out in the proverbial “heart of darkness” and how it’s all going. … 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

‘IF WE DON’T KNOW OUR LAND, WE’LL FREEZE!’

“Wow! There is nothing–just white!”  I exclaim whilst staring at the vast Russian tundra from the little window of the tiny local plane, which was going to take us from Naryan-Mar, the capital of the Nenets Autonomous Okrug to Indiga, in the heart of northwestern Russia.   Unimpressed, Tom looks at me and says: “You are talking … Continue reading

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