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Citizen Science - Counting the Worlds Pollinators

  • 1.  Citizen Science - Counting the Worlds Pollinators

    Posted 21 days ago
    Dear Colleagues,
    As part of an effort to use our skills to help the natural world, The Center for Analytics Research and Education at Appalachian State University has partners with others to build and launch a free citizen science app to count the world's pollinators.  Simply download the, take a picture of a pollinator (such as bees, moths, butterflies, bats, beetles and some birds) and upload it to the site.
    Our goal is to build a repository of images with time and location information (anonymized and fuzzied) to share with the world for data mining and citizen data scientist activities.  Over time we hope this project will grow.
    3/4 of the types of crops we eat needed pollinators and many of our pollinators are in trouble.  Consider helping by contributing to the data now and analyzing the data later.
    We will be presenting the project at the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organizations celebration of World Bee Day next week and also hope to share information about the data and how to use it in your classes or research in a future conference.
    More info on the project and links to down the apps that released today at https://beescount.org/.
    Best, 
    Joseph


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    Joseph Cazier, Ph.D and CAP
    Dean's Club Professor and Executive Director
    Center for Analytics Research and Education
    Appalachian State University
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  • 2.  RE: Citizen Science - Counting the Worlds Pollinators

    Posted 20 days ago
    Joseph - Very cool! App is downloaded, although not sure how many bees will be sited in my Baltimore City back yard. We do belong to a community garden across the street, so I'll keep an eye out. Have a great day! Mary

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    Mary Leszczynski
    Creative Director
    INFORMS
    Catonsville MD
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