Training Kit on Participatory Spatial Information Management and Communication. CTA/IFAD

Video: Tracking in the Cyber Age


Title: Tracking in the Cyber Age

Summary: This eight-minute video on CyberTracker covers a number of ways in which geospatial information technology (GIT) can be used in the contexts of development and conservation. In addition it highlights how GIT can add value to indigenous peoples’ knowledge systems and how this can have important applications in protected areas and collaborative natural resource management. The video has been produced as part of the project "Support the spread of good practice in generating, managing, analysing and communicating spatial information". CyberTracker is an open-source software developed in South Africa by CyberTracker Conservation, with financial support initially provided by the European Commission. It can be installed on a Global Positioning System (GPS) -enabled hand-held device such as a Personal Digital Assistant or a Smartphone to collect geo-referenced data with detailed digital notation. It is a highly efficient way to gather large quantities of geo-coded field observations at a speed and level of detail not possible before. CyberTracker allows users to customise the interface to meet data collection needs. Screen designs can combine text and icons to optimise efficiency and customisation. The CyberTracker icon interface was originally designed for trackers who could not read or write. Nowadays all users, including scientists and conservationists, are benefitting from the icon-based interface because it enables much faster data entry.

Producer: CTA, The Netherlands
Director: Richard Wicksteed, OneTime Films, South Africa
Source language: English; Subtitles: none
Genre: Educational
Duration: 7:33
License: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported
Recommended for use in Module(s): M09
File Format: mp4

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Source: CTA. 2010. Training Kit on Participatory Spatial Information Management and Communication. CTA, The Netherlands and IFAD, Italy (ISBN: 978-92-9081-446-7)