Interface citizen scientists with government.

Presented by Johan Codinha
Monday 11 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Target audience: Community


The victorian biodiversity is facing constant danger, from bush fires to pest and weeds just to name few. To protect the different ecosystem from natural and human disaster the government needs data ! I am going to walk you thru the history of biodiversity data collection in Victoria ( it's a young country so it's gonna be a short walk ), from hundreds of government employee surveying the countryside in the 80's to 2016 where we rely almost exclusively on citizen scientists to provide accurate data. Then we will have a look at tools of the past, present and future for collecting biodiversity data and what is the role of standards and open software. Government agencies are taking land management decision based on biodiversity databases, we will have a look at how the data is beeing verified and what are the potential security risks.

Presented by

Johan Codinha

Johan is a web dev working in Melbourne, as a fellow at Code for Australia. He is starting a new career in software development, so yes, he's a junior and no, he never contributed to the Linux kernel... sorry. Currently working in collaboration with DELWP and Parks Vic to build the next generation of tools for mobile biodiversity collection, think pokémon Go with but more possum and no pokémon. He's classicly trained for electronics engineering in France but flips sommelier ( the wine guy in overpriced restaurants ) to satisfy his thirst for travel, and wine... Now he's involved in the Australian tech community, traveling around for camps and conferences. Teaching kids to code at the Carlton coder dojo and preaching his government partners to use free software and the web.

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