Hey guys, excited what’s happen today :-)
hello everyone - looking forward to today’s conversations!
Hello everyone! Audley Burke, Community Engagement Manager at American Assocation for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Hi everyone, Jose Lahoz-Monfort joining from Australia
Hello Everyone! Damian Otieno, Project Manager at the Conservation Technology Lab at Ol Pejeta conservancy in Kenya.
Hi everyone, I am Shah Selbe (one of the speakers today) and I founded Conservify, a nonprofit conservation tech development lab, and I am also a Fellow/Explorer at the National Geographic Society.
Hi im andy. i run a lab in gamboa panama for interactive jungle tech
*Waves from DoES Liverpool, a co-working and makerspace in Liverpool, UK* Hi everyone, Adrian McEwen here
Hi all, thanks for joining us today! Looking forward to this discussion. If anyone has any technical issues, feel free to message me privately.
I can hear
i can hear
Yes I can hear Lou
sorry complete fail on my part
Hi all, I am Joanna Turner, a postdoc at Loughborough University, UK, looking at applying machine learning algorithms for visual recognition. I am interested in wildlife conservation technology.
Hi All, Vance Russell, Biodiversity & Tech Lead, Ecosulis
Hi everyone, I'm Meredith Palmer - I'm based at Princeton and do camera trapping and citizen science.
Hi, Carlos here. I’m an ecology consultant and lecturer at NTU. Mostly interested in bioacoustics for wildlife survey - but other stuff too (GIS, R, drones, wetlands..)
More info about the AAAS Community Building Centre: https://www.aaas.org/programs/center-scientific-collaboration-and-community-engagement
Curious about how much of the information that the AAAS effort is available to the general public to learn from as we build our communities.
Excellent question. It’s a little part of why I was delighted Lou was speaking today, so we could have the knowledge Lou brings to be shared here.
Well. That’s a great idea.
Speaking of continuing the conversation on another platform.. we have a thread set up for you all to jump over to after this meetup is over, if you’re interested: https://www.wildlabs.net/community/thread/724
An example of the storytelling point: https://mailchi.mp/wildlabs/digest-april-2019
Thanks Lou for sharing. #handclap
here’s the Center website: https://www.aaas.org/programs/center-scientific-collaboration-and-community-engagement
You can find the link for the newsletter here: https://www.aaas.org/programs/center-scientific-collaboration-and-community-engagement/get-involved
And blog posts are here: https://blog.trelliscience.com/
@shah- this is one of the best starter resources on building communities I’ve found to date (via Lou): http://course.feverbee.com/wp-content/uploads/HalfBuzzingCommunities.pdf
Great resource Stephanie
We've been (ab)using github for its issue lists to track all the to-do items for the physical makerspace at DoES Liverpool. I gave a talk about it a while back - slides/notes at https://doesliverpool.com/slides/festival-of-maintenance-slides-culture-and-tools/
Oh awesome, thanks Adrian!
I’ve heard of people using GitHub tools for managing project aspects outside of strictly technical things. Curious about if there are any great examples of that we can explore.
that’s awesome Adrian! GitHub does some really wild things with GitHub (and particularly issues) internally, well beyond code. I’m sure Corinne can share some, one of my favourites is that every team in GitHub uses GitHub the same way, including the legal team, who use it work on contracts
there’s a great series of webinars at resources.github.com about how GitHub uses GitHub, lemme find some links, one sec
Agreed! I used GitHub once to plan and organise the tasks needed to deliver a conference…It was useful to have a specific goal to force us all to learn to use it and dig down into functionalities like adding categories to tickets.
here we go! https://twitter.com/jna_sh/status/1074117493227024384?s=21
Thanks! We stole the idea from one of our community - Francis Irving, who used it to track all the work he was doing on his house :-)
Mozilla mozfest are another good example: they use GitHub each year to review and organise hundreds of session proposals, here’s 2017’s repo https://github.com/MozillaFoundation/mozfest-program-2017
Nice - thanks for sharing the link
literally just saw this tweet from a githubber using issues to organise their wedding 😂 https://twitter.com/lieke2208/status/1123690323010519040?s=21
That’s awesome 😂
Pretty sure Cory Doctorow writes his books in Github so he can share it easily too with copywriters to submit issues
Plus…octocat laptop stickers! (A fantastic example of community swag and how it can continue to evolve as a creative project)
How do you include people in the development process (such as creating issues) who are not very technically inclined? I imagine that GitHub could be intimidating for some people.
octodex.github.com for the dizzying variety
There is some sort of non-profit pricing/programme for github too - we got that for DoES Liverpool
What's the largest group of collaborators on GitHub?
@joshua siva as long as you’re using GitHub features, and not git (I.e. you’re not having anyone dive down to the CLI, and you’re working on the web Ui), it’s not much more intimidating than a google doc
the main barrier is terminology, I’ve found
pull requests for example
difficult term that doesn’t describe what it does
I find nontechnical folks get it when you rephrase it in terms of it being a review tool
same with issues - much clearer when you point out it’s just a forum essentially
Slack is another good example of this…
Thanks. That's some good advice. The last thing I want to do is have technology be a barrier to receiving feedback
there’s also some good tools that make it easier to work between GitHub and simpler things
is a good example
it’s a standard web form that creates GitHub issues. so you can set this up and then your community members can submit issues without having to do the GitHub dance
useful - thanks
Another example of a great collaboration project from Brazilian folks that I'm still learning on: Mapbiomashttps://github.com/saraivaufc/mapbiomas
for numbers I’d also recommend checking out Octoverse.github.com @rob, it tracks the biggest projects and companies etc
github has an API too, so coders can build little tools to make things more user-friendly - e.g. we automatically pull our new to-do items and thank people who've fixed things into our weekly blog post https://doesliverpool.com/weeknotes/week-413-fame/#somebodyshould
I think that’s probably right :)
That’s a nice shed…
heck yeah open source. there's no room in this world and especially these topics for locking off information!
If anyone is looking for a local makerspace, then https://wiki.hackerspaces.org/List_of_Hackerspaces is a pretty good resource for finding one
Oh, that’s a great resource!
Awesome! Thanks for sharing Adrian!
The famous aquarium!
( if you double click on shah’s video, it goes full screen)
Qu: do you think you need to have a dedicated space before you can successfully get to a distributed space? (Sort of another way of asking about the importance of in-person meet ups to sustain remote communities)
i like that moveable tray!
Lou - I just wrote down the same question!
Lots of familiar stuff there (including the familiar "well-used" look :-)
Thanks, nice tour (c:
I like the idea of distributed shops, maybe specialising in various things, like mechanical eng, or prototyping etc.
@Rob I think you miss the cross-pollination of skills and ideas if you split things up too much though - we deliberately try to expose the "office" workers to the fabrication kit to encourage those connections
True dat Adrian. But I am more thinking about really expensive set ups that maybe we can all use
One issue I've heard in the past is opening up access to the wider community in maker spaces can result in damaged machines / inexperienced users getting started take them out of action. Have you found this, and if so, how did you mitigate it?
Agreed, I definitely want to find out about nearby companies with cool kit that I can play with :-)
I think you need quality assurance guides/guardians that can be the keepers of machines and make sure people like me can't get direct access to them...
@Rachael we mostly get round it by having a bunch of us working here full time - means we get interrupted getting our work done by newbies, but we usually catch the "stupid" questions before they become machine-threatening
Plus we have mandatory inductions for the more complex/dangerous bits of kit
thanks so much Shah!
yes it's coming! I see your screen
Andre that is f&^K!n@ cool!
Fantastic! (Alasdair and Rachael)
tell us more about the tree climbing robots!
I was in Panama in April. Next time I'll visit you
do you have a repository for your projects? (github etc)
right now we are just getting started up. I quit my job as a professor, and we moved in in jan. so stuff is starting up at www.dinalab.net
you can contact me at email@example.com if you have any followup
More info: https://www.wildlabs.net/resources/news/flir-and-world-wildlife-fund-announce-effort-combat-rhino-poaching-kenya
Are using Ushahidi?
Damian, that SMS system is a fantastic idea. Are you finding the communities are using it a lot?
It is so amazing to see a new testbed of conservation tech happening at Ol Pejeta
Seems like a great opportunity
so cool! i have a rad tech friend who goes to kenya a lot that i will send your way!
Wonderful presentation and insight in to your work Damien
thanks so much Damian!
what's a good contact for folks to get in touch with you damian!
Fantastic presentations everyone. Thank you so much!
boooooo...make it much longer!
here's tree yabbie info for you rob
Hi Damian, Is it Grevys and Leopards you are tracing on individuals?
I am happy to answer questions about creating physical labs later as well
and the full book of many dinacon projects is here: https://www.dinacon.org/2018/11/02/book/
I can stay
i need to head out now, but happy to answer questions later!
thanks Andre! Shall check it out!
Thanks for the presentations 👏🏻👏🏻
i got another couple mins
Hi. You can reach me on firstname.lastname@example.org or on Trwitter @DamianOtieno
Thank you everyone, another really good session
thanks all! Time for bed... 1.30am here in Oz ;-)
Shah, what equipment would you most like to have in your lab that you don't have or don't access to?
Thank you everyone!
Thanks Damian, really interesting stuff
Thanks everyone! Lots of interesting things to think on
Thank you everyone! Take care.
My contact details is email@example.com (our website is in dire need of an update fyi) or on twitter at @shahselbe
The recording and notes will be posted here within the next few days: https://www.wildlabs.net/virtual-meetups-season-2
And you can continue the conversation here! https://www.wildlabs.net/community/thread/724
Will do Damian. We are almost neighbours, I manage a lodge in Meru.
Hi Damian, just curious, how are you assessing water utilisation at the boreholes now?