Successful 3rd Scent Plenary Meeting in Delft

The 3rd Scent plenary meeting was hosted by Scent partner IHE Delft Institute for Water Education 7-9 November 2017 in Delft in the Netherlands.

Fifteen months into the project, it was interesting to hear all partners share highlights and updates on the status of their recent work. Impressive progress has been made since the last consortium meeting, and the project is on the right track to meet the set objectives. Read more

Secondary school students learn about Scent at Digital Meet

Rovigo-based Scent partner XTeam presented the project at the Digital Meet conference on Friday 20th October 2017. The event attracted a large student audience and was held in the auditorium of the scientific secondary school Paleocapa in Rovigo, Italy. Scent partners Stefano Tamascelli (CEO and responsible for R&D) and Silvia Brandalesi (European Project Manager) gave a presentation entitled “Usage of new digital technologies to monitor the territory and prevent risk of flooding” (Utilizzo delle nuove tecnologie digitali per monitorare il territorio e prevenire il rischio di inondazione). Read more

Mapping and the Citizen Sensor

Mapping and the Citizen Sensor (2017) is a new publication on the role of citizens in mapping. It offers interesting insights into citizen science in mapping and into engaging citizens and sustaining participation in scientific activities and environmental policymaking. Read more

U-Hopper at DSI Manifesto Workshop

Representatives of CAPS EU-funded projects and relevant DSI (Digital Social Innovation) initiatives met in Rimini, Italy to capture views and contributions on the priorities to set out in the Manifesto for Digital Social Innovation in Europe.

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Flickr tags could help predict floods

According to a new study, images of floods and other large amounts of water uploaded to the online social image gallery Flickr could help scientists predict floods before they overwhelm flood-prone areas and communities.

Researchers at the University of Warwick studied “tagged” photos on Flickr with words like “river” and “water” which were matched to known flood events, over a period of 10 years.

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New network of tiny satellites launched to photograph Earth daily

The most important component at the forefront of the Scent project will be YOU – the people, acting as the project’s eyes and ears through smartphones and other devices. This is citizen science. But for monitoring the environment, a lot of research is still being done with traditional machines. In space, that is.

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New Report on citizen data – “Making Citizen Generated Data Work”

What kind of data is at the heart of the entire Scent project? Citizen-generated data (CGD).

CGD is how the Scent project will develop a “people-centred” web for monitoring the environment around us.

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UK Environment Research Council NERC backs 18 environmental science public engagement projects

Environmental engagement among citizens is proving to be a global hot topic, as scientific communities are liaising more with the public to foster a wider awareness of the importance of environmental conservation and the consequences of climate change. Read more

Crowdsourcing more detailed information about local buildings in Ottawa

Statistics Canada, the national statistics agency, has turned to crowdsourcing in the hope of procuring more detailed information about local buildings in Ottawa.
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MapSwipe Africa article

The crowdsourcing movement to improve African maps

An initiative in Africa has begun crowdsourcing data from the public in order to banish the frequent “data not found” holes common in the continent’s cartography.
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