Welcome to the website dedicated to conservation culturomics
Culturomics is a form of computational lexicology that studies human behavior and cultural trends through the quantitative analysis of digitized texts, images, videos, sounds etc. Conservation culturomics is a new field that aims to look at human-nature interactions as these are manifested in the, ever expanding, digital realm. These interactions can prove extremely insightful in both understanding the patterns behind human interest, value, and knowledge towards nature and conservation. Such insights could prove to be key in both allocating funds for conservation projects, increasing their visibility and success, and ultimately incorporating social aspects of conservation on a broad scale in a quantitative fashion.
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The website of the SCB's conservation culturomics working group can be found here
special section in the journal Conservation Biology Dedicated to Conservation culturomics
An new special section in the journal Conservation Biology focuses on recent advances in the rapidly developing area of ‘conservation culturomics’ and how they can help scientists to better understand and preserve the natural world. In it you can find some cutting edge conceptual, and methodological papers in this fast expanding field.
- Dr. Ricardo Correia together with several collaborators reviews the state-of-the-art of culturomic data sources and methods for conservation. This review is an excellent go-to paper for those wanting to start analyzing such data for conservation purposes, as well as highlighting some of its challenges.
- Tuomas Väisänen et al. explored the utility of automated image identification to better understand human–nature interactions in national parks with social media photographs.
- Prof. Enrico Di Minin highlighted some of the ethical concerns and privacy issues in accessing and using such publicly available big-data sources.
- Dr. Ivan Jarić and colleagues explored the utility of culturomics and iEcology in both gaining knowledge on invasive species and better understating peoples interactions and attitudes towards them.
- A contribution by Dr. Juan Li highlights how culturomics could help researchers better understand the human dimensions associated with the consumption of illegal wildlife products.
- Reut Vardi, et al. explored public interest in Israeli wildflowers highlighting differences in data acquired from Wikipedia and Google.
- Dr. John Mittermeier and his co-authors provided an in-depth look at the utility of Wikipedia for conservation culturomics with its specific challenges and inherent biases.
- A paper led by Joseph Millard proposes a novel method to monitor public awareness of biodiversity over time using culturomics.