Urban bees 2.0

Equipping a hive with low-cost sensors and software and open hardware, bees provide data on the environmental health of the city

OpenSystems research group from the University of Barcelona organizes the workshop "Urban Bees 2.0", which will take place on 26 and 27 March in Hangar (Coranty Emilia, 16, Barcelona ). The activity is open to as diverse profiles as environmental scientists (bees and the environment), urban beekeepers, physicists of the science of complexity (data science), technologists and artists capable of working on electronics, open source and open data.

The platform will send relevant scientific and well calibrated environmental data on the state of the hive. These data will be shown on real time and following open access protocols. The workshop is located within the territories of the citizen science and the combination between scientific and artistic practices. Participants in the workshop will have a diverse profile. The methodology will be based on a community process that seeks a sustainable city through a multidisciplinary research, open and horizontal line which guarantees innovation and civic involvement.

Free registration, limited seating. Those interested in participating should send an email before the 24th of March to opensystems@ub.edu, explaining briefly why you are interested in participating in the workshop.

PROGRAMME:

Wednesday 26th of March
16h00-20h00 Assembly of the equipped hive (phase 1):
Assembly and installation of sensors. Open workshop.

Thursday, 27th of March
10 AM - 2 PM Assembly of the equipped hive (phase 2):
Operating test of the sensors and sending data. Open workshop. 

4- 5.30 PM Assembly of the equipped hive (phase 3):
Discussion about the visualization of the data and visibility of the project to encourage participation. Open workshop.

6 PM Conference-debate open to the general public: “Urban Bees, a new scientific-technological, artistic and environmental challenge” in the frame of Hangar’s Open Thursdays. The results will be presented and interests will be shared regarding urban beekeeping practices.

Further information: HANGAR.ORG

 

Publication date: Monday, 24 March 2014
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