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Making local knowledge matter: Supporting non-literate people to monitor poaching in Congo

Vitos, M; Stevens, M; Lewis, J; Haklay, M; (2013) Making local knowledge matter: Supporting non-literate people to monitor poaching in Congo. In: (Proceedings) Third Annual Symposium on Computing for Development (ACM DEV 2013). ACM Green open access

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Abstract

This paper describes a project initiated by non-literate indigenous people to equip their own “citizen scientists” with rugged smartphones running adapted software that enable them to share some of their detailed environmental knowledge in ways that improve the sustainable management of their forest. Supporting local people to share their environmental knowledge in scientifically valid and strategically targeted ways can lead to improvement in environmental governance, environmental justice and management practices. Mbendjele hunter-gatherers in the rainforests of Congo are working together with the ExCiteS Research Group at University College London to make their local knowledge about commercial hunters’ activities improve the control of commercial hunters and diminish the harassment they often experience at the hands of “eco-guards” who enforce hunting regulations. Developing and deploying a system for non-literate users introduces a range of challenges that we have tried to solve. Our Anti-Poaching data collection platform, running on Android smartphones, is based on a decision tree of pictorial icons and employs various smartphone sensors to augment observations. We describe its development here.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Making local knowledge matter: Supporting non-literate people to monitor poaching in Congo
Event: Third Annual Symposium on Computing for Development (ACM DEV 2013)
Location: Bangalore, India
Dates: 2013-01-11 - 2013-01-12
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://dev2013.org/papers/dev-final45.pdf
Language: English
Additional information: "© 2013 ACM. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of ACM for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in (Proceedings) Third Annual Symposium on Computing for Development (ACM DEV 2013). ACM - DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2442882.2442884.
Keywords: citizen science, mobile sensing, development, conservation, natural resource management, social-environmental justice
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Civil, Environ and Geomatic Eng
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Dept of Anthropology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Dept of Geography
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1368259
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