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    can t be tracked rues Madav who founded Terracon Ecotech Pvt Ltd four months ago to address the issue by providing precise and accurate data This time around Terracon s botanists will be out on the field with equipment that can determine the exact location of a tree using global positioning system or GPS a satellite based technology typically used in vehicle navigation and location based information search Each unit costing around Rs85 000 records the latitude and longitude of a tree achieving an accuracy of within 5m The botanists will record other details such as the height canopy and condition of each tree in digital format all of which will be transferred to a master information system that will plot the data on maps This will make it easier to audit data and regulate illegal or irregular tree felling Terracon claims it is the first in the country to deploy such sophisticated tools to count trees The company has signed a contract with Thane s municipal corporation to conduct a tree census for the district over the next few months Talking about the importance of a tree census Madav explains Creating an inventory not only helps track changes easily it also helps people understand the trees in their city better and make them more environmentally conscious The last tree census in Mumbai which took around a year and was completed in December showed 336 species of trees in the city including two rudraksha trees which are considered sacred by Hindus It also showed the woeful inadequacy of foliage in most parts of the city Ideally a place should have two trees for every three people says the company In the popular Colaba area Terracon s data show this ratio to be as low as one tree for every 21

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    group of extraordinary individuals We need to ensure that they are not only physically recovered but also psychologically rehabilitated says Herman Lau Allied Health Co ordinator of Stand Tall An associate professor in Rehabilitation Sciences Lau also manages the Physiotherapy Department of Prince of Wales Hospital Lau says it is a great joy to see the amputees stand for the first time jump for the first time and play ping pong for the first time Four patients with potential have been selected to be trained for Paralympics In fact the Ambassador of Stand Tall Yu Chui Yee an amputee herself was a gold medallist in both 2004 and 2008 Paralympics We want to adopt the latest technology to facilitate their return to the community and ensure they have an active lifestyle Lau comments That includes materials science mechanical engineering and communications technology A particular challenge for young amputees is that when they grow they have to undergo repeated operations and change prostheses regularly says Dr Law Sheung Wai Consultant in Orthopaedics Traumatology at Prince of Wales Hospital It s a long journey for each of them That s why the Hong Kong government has committed HK 250 million US 32 million to establish a rehabilitation centre which will be permanently located in the premises of Sichuan Provincial People s Hospital Communications technology is essential as volunteers from Hong Kong will not be in Sichuan permanently and local medical staff need to be trained to take over We also want to set a role model to increase the standard of rehabilitation in China comments Lau That includes inviting experts in the field all over the world to share their experience Our rehabilitation concept is quite advanced involving not only medical specialists but also occupational therapists says Lau We need to provide frequent medical consultation and training And with IT systems he adds We can do all these very easily Stand Tall has recently installed a TelePresence system donated by CISCO systems which also provided technical assistance This is specifically tailored to our needs comments Lau They provide real time video and the images are clear Different from the system often used for videoconferencing this version has been made to allow closer contact between the consultants and patients at the other end Stand Tall is also facilitating the transfer of video clips of operations in Hong Kong to Sichuan for local doctors and nurses to learn from the experience of orthopaedics and traumatology in Hong Kong Optical fibre links have been established between the operating theatre and the TelePresence room Furthermore patients will not be permanently stationed in the rehabilitation centre many will go back to their towns and villages to start a new life or resume their previous life Stand Tall and Sichuan Provincial People s Hospital plans to use mobile vans for consultations down to the local level Mobile vans have to use expensive satellite links to ensure that they are effective and we need experts who are willing to

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    many and not just technical Some relate to health and safety and the need for appropriate regulations to defend both And some are more political for example the need to make basic technologies both accessible to and controllable by the communities that need them most Like any new technology community acceptance is essential if nanotechnology is to effectively work in villages across the developing world where water problems are often the most acute But there are many reasons to be optimistic that we can overcome these challenges and by doing so that nanotechnology can pioneer a new paradigm for applying modern technology to development needs Its current applications show how modern science and technology can be successfully blended with concern for human and environmental health on the one hand and a commitment to community engagement in technological innovation on the other They also demonstrate what can be achieved when researchers and businesses not only work to get their products out of developed country laboratories and into local developing world settings but also collaborate with stakeholders in the developing world itself Nanotech in action A background article provides an overview of the main issues summarising the hurdles the world faces to secure clean water for its poor and how nanotechnology can help including an overview of key initiatives underway see Nanotechnology for clean water Facts and figures The development of nanosponges that soak up water and trap impurities is highlighted as an example of how nanotechnology could solve water purification problems in countries like South Africa if testing and commercialising difficulties can be overcome see Nanosponges South Africa s high hopes for clean water Ashok Raichur from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore India reminds us of the challenges ahead and argues that the key lies in engineering a usable product But this is often easier said than done and the leap to commercial applications is still a distant goal for most developing countries see Nanoscale water treatment needs innovative engineering Malini Balakrishnan and Nidhi Srivastava from The Energy and Resources Institute in India address the potential human and environmental dangers arguing that while these are important regulating nanotech for clean water should be done through existing health and safety laws rather than new legislation see Nanotech for clean water New technology new rules Two Brazilian researchers Paulo Sergio de Paula Herrmann Jr and José Antônio Brum illustrate how South South collaboration is contributing to nanotech research and development in water treatment by describing a joint programme between India Brazil and South Africa see Developing world advances nanotech for clean water Mohamed M Abdel Mottaleb head of nanotechnology consultancy firm SabryCorp in Egypt shows how research and business collaborations can help harness nanotechnology for clean water arguing that nanotechnology offers both large and small developing world enterprises the chance to innovate grow and catch up with industrialised countries see Nanotech for water can help business innovate and grow Finally Thembela Hillie and Mbhuti Hlophe from South Africa emphasise the importance

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    practitioners About Digital Opportunity Contact Us Spotlight News Comments Resources Archive OneWorld websites and resources Governance Knowledge Centre Lifelines EK duniya anEK awaaz Climate Change Action Appropriate Technology Choice OneWorld South Asia Info GIS boost to forestry management in Indonesia A GIS solution to be developed by Indonesia for its forest and ecological management is expected to help enhance the country s forest productivity in a Related topics regions Science

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    Indonesia A GIS solution to be developed by Indonesia for its forest and ecological management is expected to help enhance the country s forest productivity in a Related topics regions Science and Technology GIS Forests India to use ICTs to save forest The Ministry of Environment and Forests is planning extensive use of ICT for setting up national forestry knowledge forum national forestry information Related topics regions ICTs India Capacity

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    iT Wire Some might suggest that if Sydney can do this anyone can Perth and Adelaide would agree implemented in 2008 as would Canberra and Cairns both 2009 Brisbane promised inclusion in 2010 and Melbourne in 2011 nothing forthcoming as yet Most other places in Australia only have one bus so it s probably not that important joking When you access the Get Directions option in Google maps you ll now see an additional icon in the past you could choose a car walking or bicycle preference now there is a 4th button for public transport it looks kinda like a stylised bus tram train from front on Using that option you ll be offered a departure time defaulting to now and a selection of possible routes The results will estimate the likely travel time In testing the system we found that it was difficult to convince the system to make use of the ferries unless a very obvious route was selected although busses trains and the inner city light rail and monorail services were all easily offered In addition the options link permits users to limit the transit mode to trains only for instance Also one can ask to optimise by least walking or fewest transfers In announcing the new feature NSW Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian said This Government is making sure customers have the best tools and latest technology to help them navigate our public transport network The news today means Sydney now joins global cities including London New York and Hong Kong that also have public transport on Google Maps Ms Berejiklian added Transport Info 131500 is still the best tool for information about trackwork and unscheduled interruptions At this stage public transport information will be updated to Google each week Of course the government is

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    available to those same phones The approach is outlined in the open access journal PLoS ONE The software has been developed for so called smartphones that run Google s Android open source operating system Researchers can report back to the EpiCollect database with results from experiments they do in the field and citizen scientists can send back photos or videos of certain species from their own backyards The phones GPS system automatically logs users locations and the data is then plotted by location using Google Maps Then anyone can access the database online or from their phone Real time results There have been many research projects in the past that make use of phones instant access and GPS functionality However lead researcher on the project David Aanensen of Imperial College London said that the full integration into a central and widely accessible database makes EpiCollect particularly useful Many of the other tools that allow one to send data by mobile phone don t have an easy way for any of the researchers to look at any of the data in almost real time he said The team is already working to track the occurrence of chytridiomycosis a fungal infection that is decimating the numbers of amphibians around the globe We re investigating the use of the phones for the project rather than researchers taking a GPS out into the field and recording their results on paper we can get all of this data much more quickly and it limits the amount of equipment they have to take out into the field Mr Aanensen said He added that there is particular potential for using the approach with school projects He cited the classic quadrant experiment in biology in which schoolchildren set out a fixed area for example in a park and

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/epicollect-for-citizen-scientists/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    carbon as they grow and release it when they burn or rot The only way to measure forests efficiently is from space said Jose Achache director of the Group on Earth Observations GEO which is linking governments space agencies such as NASA and others in a new partnership to measure forests The system would aim to make annual assessments of forest carbon stocks compared to a current five year cycle Google which offers satellite images via its Google Earth site would contribute with a related project said Achache Details of the company s involvement would be given in November A 190 nation UN climate pact due to be agreed in Copenhagen in December is likely to approve a plan to slow deforestation in tropical nations That may include putting a price on carbon stored in trees as part of a new market Investors will want some kind of guarantee that when they are putting money into forests that the forests will remain there and remain in good condition Achache said NASA ESA America s NASA the European Space Agency ESA and national space agencies of Japan Germany Italy India and Brazil were among those taking part in the forest mapping Seven countries would act as pilot projects in 2009 10 Costs would be low Achache said since satellite data were already being collected for other purposes GEO s members include 80 governments as well as UN organisations Seven countries would act as pilot projects in 2009 10 Australia Brazil Cameroon Guyana Indonesia Mexico and Tanzania based on satellite images taken in recent months Satellite images from the US Landsat go back to 1972 enabling the world to work out deforestation rates by comparing images with snapshots of current forests A base year of 1990 might be used in line with

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