Professor Mel Woods joins us to talk about the GROW Observatory and the potential of participatory culture, citizen sensing and citizen science.
The GROW Observatory (GROW) is engaging thousands of growers, scientists and others passionate about the soil and the land. Across Europe, people in nine ‘GROW Places’ are collaborating to use Flower Power soil sensors to generate data on soil moisture, temperature and light. These data are relevant to their local environment by validating their own land and food growing practices as well as for international environmental monitoring by ground-truthing Sentinel 1 satellite. With 2,500 sensors currently returning data, and online MOOC’s GROW is addressing the problem of amplifying scale, whilst supporting meaningful participation with citizens and grassroots organisations, as well as policy makers and scientists.
Professor Mel Woods develops highly collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches to practice in the Creative and Digital Economy. Her interest is in designing with and for ‘creative intelligence’, with a focus on supporting people in their use of future technologies to address societal challenges through change-making. Currently Mel plays a lead role in citizen sensing on issues of environmental concern at local and global level funded by H2020; Making Sense, The GROW Observatory, WeObserve and for OpenDoTT at University of Dundee.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 690199