Tech Project

Open Call
In Residency
Residency Outcome
Empower growers with collaborative knowledge to sustain soils and groundtruth European Space Agency satellites
From Nov. 1, 2016 to Oct. 31, 2019
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    GROW1 Credits: -
  • Schema  GROW
    Schema Credits: GROW

Description of the challenges faced by the Tech Project

Democratisation of sensors and sensing, encouraging citizen participation in science. Developing a low cost sensor network for citizen science at scale. Create an in-situ dataset of soil characteristics unprecedented in scale and density. Validating detection of soil moisture by the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-1 programme. Demonstrating the value to science of high volume and density citizen contributed data. Citizens empowered to cultivate land and access affordable and high-quality food. Improve the ability of European society to manage climate variability and improve our resilience to climate change. Enable the UN and Global Soil Partnership to better achieve sustainable soil management in the European region. Enable, promote and evidence sustainable micro-farming, diversification and self-sufficiency. Making the data meaningful to non-specialists. Devising novel forms of engagement in the science, data and activities. Generating sustainable engagement for communities across Europe. Facilitate rigorous citizen science. Data quality, assurance and validation. Service innovation. Policy impact.

Brief description of technology

The GROW project holds the entire global stock of the Parrot ‘Flower Power’ sensor, a high powered consumer soil sensor distributed through the project. Data from these are published on the GROW API. • GROW holds a database of soil moisture and other environmental, land and social data from across Europe. The data includes time series information locked with geographical grid data giving the artist access to a rich and constantly updated source of information. The huge amount of data in the GROW database make understanding patterns and trends challenging for scientists and the public alike. Data from the platform is available through an API giving artists a simple way to integrate data in their projects. • GROW is part of a GEO community activity linked to Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) enabling the artist to combine data from the GROW API with GEOSS, Sentinel-1 and other satellite publically available data. • The GROW Collaboration Hub is a social platform to build communities of citizens, scientists and policy makers through storytelling, immersive experience and citizen science. • The Thingful search engine for the Internet of Things is closely aligned to GROW and gives access to any publicly open sensor or IoT entity.

What the project is looking to gain from the collaboration and what kind of artist would be suitable

The project is looking for a collaborative relationship with an artist who can bring artistic curiosity and enquiry around project themes, science, technology and data, and translate concepts and data into experiences or tangible form. How the project can benefit: • Offer imaginative ways to engage the public in envisioning the future of soils, growing, satellites, sensing and citizen science. • Illuminate how Citizens' Observatories can become a central, creative and deeply meaningful part of everyday living. • Help to question and explore the meaning and relevance of scientific information. • Contribute to devising novel forms of engagement and participation in the science, data and activities, and to community building and sustainability. • Bridge and translate between the concerns and language of scientists, citizens and policymakers. We are looking for a creator who, through their work, is opening up new dimensions and forging new visions of the role of technology in the future of society.

Resources available to the artist

The artist will have access to • Parrot ‘Flower Power’ sensors • GROW Platform • Open APIs and Data • GROW Collaboration Hub – social platforms and visualisation tools • Soil Testing Kit, Land Survey Kit • Citizen science materials and resources • Maker space • Visual materials, branding assets • Design toolkits and materials • Community Champions network • Citizen journalists and editorial team • Curatorial support through project partners • An artist flat at Dundee Contemporary Arts in Dundee (at cost to project) • An office facility co-located with the main GROW team based in Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee • Internet connection • Administrative and IT support networks