2.1 Engagement Strategy
Engagement Strategy: Report detailing the approach used within the project for identifying and engaging with representative organisations and individuals from stakeholder groups relevant to the project. This will include citizens (especially those living within the initial Biosphere Reserves), public authorities (especially those with jurisdiction in the initial Biosphere Reserves), the academic sector, and the private sector. It will also detail how the voluntary (or third sector) was engaged. Initial results from activities undertaken to enact the above methodology, including the resulting user requirements and set of use cases used to inform demonstrator development, will also be provided in this report.
2.2 Value Adding to Crowdsourced Data for Decision Making
Value adding to crowdsourced data for decision making: Process model and accompanying report describing how crowdsourced Citizen Observatory data may have value added and be used in decision making.
In respect of the initial three demonstrators, this model will be validated, and aligned in detail with actual policy at the appropriate governmental level in Wales. This "policy brief" will be directly applicable in Wales but will have been developed within the context of the UK with the intention that the results can be used nationally. The report will also include a analysis and discussion of the issues encountered in transferring the approach validated in Wales to Germany and Greece.
2.4 A policy brief on the mid-point findings of the COBWEB project
This brief provides a summary of the findings from the project at its midway point with an emphasis on the potential of crowdsourcing/citizen science activities to provide data of sufficient quality to support decision making and to support engagement and promotion of sustainable behaviours related to the environment with citizens and communities.
See also the "Value Adding to Crowdsourced data for Decision Making" (deliverable 2.2), a longer briefing for policy makers. These documents accompany the following stand alone briefings:
EU Policy Brief: Invasive Alien Plant Species - Data Collection (forthcoming)
3.6 User Guide and Documentation
COBWEB User Guide & Documentation: An initial user guide to reflect the functionality delivered in Deliverable 4 COBWEB Platform Release - Intermediate Version.
This documentation will adhere to Technical Writing standards ensuring clear and unambiguous instructions illustrated with examples to ensure understanding of the services and capabilities afforded by the software platform.
The Deliverable will be written in English.
4.1 Mobile Data Collection System Spec/Design
Mobile data collection system specification and design: The mobile data collection system will be designed to interoperate across multiple mobile operating systems so as to be compatible with a range of consumer mobile devices.
Testing will initially be for Google Android phones and then Apple IPhones. The menu-based application will be based on the results of discussions with both the environmental scientists and policy makers within the consortium and end users to ensure an intuitive interface that collects the information required from an environmental perspective whilst being usable without the need for formal training or specialist skills.
4.2 Server-based Data Validation System Design
The data collected by the mobile devices will be transmitted using network and/or wifi connections to a remote server where it will be compared to a knowledge base and tested against models determined within the research programme.
Based on the level of statistical compatibility with prior knowledge and model predictions the data will either be tagged as credible data or trigger a request for further observations from the same locality. The detailed design of this dynamic knowledge-based and model based validation system is one of the innovative research components of the COBWEB programme.
4.3 Research Findings/Specifications for Conflation of Data
The server based validation system will evolve through a series of prototypes and testing stages with the environmental specialists and user contributors. The purpose of this stage is to spatially densify existing data collections, further enrich the knowledge base and bring information up-to-date. It is important, however, not to degrade authoritative data collections with crowd-sourced data which may be of a different quality and reliability.
Based on the detailed analysis therefore of the results of the process of crowd-sourcing data and the automated and iterative methods of credibility assessment and quality control an approach to the conflation of the two forms of data will be developed which maximises the data potential for improved classification and prediction and minimises the potential for data corruption or degradation.
5.1 Design Architecture & Interfaces for Privacy Assurance
The design and architecture aims to ensure that functions in the COBWEB framework exist to be compliant with privacy regulations.
6.1 Demonstrator I - Welsh BR
COBWEB Demonstrator I: Welsh BR: A demonstration of the COBWEB software in operation in the context of the Welsh Dyfi Biosphere Reserve - with associated user guide and documentation..
7.1 Data Management Guidelines v1
First version release of a report and associated web presence providing guidelines for which standards, methodology and technologies are to be used for data management within WNBR based Citizen Observatories. As a core component, this will be updated throughout the lifetime of the project.
8.1 Test Plan
Description of the test environment created and the components developed including data requirements for each pilot case study theme.
9.1 Web Presence
The primary web presence for the project is available here: http://cobwebproject.eu/.
Additional COBWEB presences exist on:
- Twitter as @cobwebfp7 and using the #cobwebfp7 hashtag
- Google+ Page
The COBWEB project also contributes to the Citizens' Observatories combined web presence: http://www.citizen-obs.eu/
9.2 Educational and Training Aspects - Intermediate Report
This report will specify a programme of activities and the range of educational outputs to be produced during the project. This will encompass primary, secondary and tertiary education as well as training material produced in partnership with NGOs for use by volunteers.
9.6 Communication Plan
Plan for both internal and external communications throughout the lifetime of the project.
Details such as target audience, media, type of content, update frequency, roles and responsibilities, accountability, who is to be consulted, who is to be informed, etc, will be specified. Updated throughout the life of the project.