Posted to the Ethnos Project by on July 6th, 2013

CyberTracker Conservation is a South African non-profit company that develops handheld data capture solutions. Their flagship product is called CyberTracker 3 and can be downloaded free from the CyberTracker website.

The software itself was first developed as a way to allow non-literate animal trackers to communicate their environmental observations. It has since evolved to become a powerful general purpose data capture and visualization system.

CyberTracker software can be used on smart phones and handheld computers with GPS to record observations of any level of complexity. It allows anyone, regardless of their field of interest, to customize a series of screen interfaces specifically adapted to their own data
collection needs.

CyberTracker’s unique design allows users to display icons, text or both, which makes data collection faster. It also allows field data collection by non-literate users and school children.

CyberTracker Conservation is a non-profit organisation whose vision is to promote the development of a worldwide environmental monitoring network.

Climate change, pollution, habitat destruction and loss of biodiversity may have serious impacts on human welfare. To anticipate and prevent negative impacts will require ongoing long-term monitoring of all aspects of the environment. CyberTracker strives to improve environmental monitoring by developing software and new methodologies to increase the efficiency of gathering higher quality and larger quantities of field observations.

Involving scientists, national park rangers and local communities in key areas of biodiversity, CyberTracker combines indigenous knowledge with state-of-the-art computer and satellite technology. Public participation in Citizen Science will also help to develop environmental awareness. CyberTracker is also being used in education, forestry, farming, social surveys and disaster relief.


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