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Leveraging conservation action with open-source hardware

Leveraging conservation action with open-source hardware
Leveraging conservation action with open-source hardware
Data collection by conservation biologists is undergoing radical change, with researchers collaborating across disciplines to create bespoke, low-cost monitoring equipment from open-source hardware (OSH). Compared to commercial hardware, OSH dramatically reduces participation costs. Four barriers currently hold back its wide adoption: (1) user inexperience inhibits initial uptake; (2) complex and costly manufacturing/distribution procedures impede global dissemination; (3) lack of creator support results in lapsed projects; and (4) lack of user support degrades continued utility in the field. Here, we propose a framework to address these barriers, illustrating how OSH offers a route to rapid expansion of community-driven conservation action.
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Hill, Andrew, Davies, Alasdair, Prince, Peter, Christopher, Snaddon, Jake, Doncaster, Charles and Rogers, Alex (2019) Leveraging conservation action with open-source hardware. Conservation Letters, 12 (5), 1-8, [e12661]. (doi:10.1111/conl.12661).

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Abstract

Data collection by conservation biologists is undergoing radical change, with researchers collaborating across disciplines to create bespoke, low-cost monitoring equipment from open-source hardware (OSH). Compared to commercial hardware, OSH dramatically reduces participation costs. Four barriers currently hold back its wide adoption: (1) user inexperience inhibits initial uptake; (2) complex and costly manufacturing/distribution procedures impede global dissemination; (3) lack of creator support results in lapsed projects; and (4) lack of user support degrades continued utility in the field. Here, we propose a framework to address these barriers, illustrating how OSH offers a route to rapid expansion of community-driven conservation action.

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Accepted/In Press date: 20 June 2019
e-pub ahead of print date: 27 June 2019
Published date: September 2019

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Local EPrints ID: 432215
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/432215
ISSN: 1755-263X
PURE UUID: c79d4904-f6ab-42c5-af3e-a261df12a2b7
ORCID for Jake Snaddon: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-3549-5472
ORCID for Charles Doncaster: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9406-0693

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Date deposited: 04 Jul 2019 16:30
Last modified: 26 Nov 2021 03:01

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Author: Andrew Hill
Author: Alasdair Davies
Author: Peter, Christopher Prince
Author: Jake Snaddon ORCID iD
Author: Alex Rogers

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