Gerid Hager

Gerid Hager

I'm a research scholar at IIASA, interested in participatory approaches to science and understanding systems, currently playing serious games and working on several EU citizen science projects.

Location Austria


  • @DavidAxon maybe you can start a local group to share and compare temperatures in different micro climates - if this is of interest to you, and if you find it worth spending time on! I can imagine that other farmers may be interested. Can you share a link to your website and online activities? We'd love to have a look!

  • Thank you so much Norman, you are a great inspiration for all of us and we are glad we were able to provide some food for thought and tools to help you along your way. Please, keep up the great work you are doing!

  • In addition, there is an interesting article on the effects of COVID-19 on the ambition of the SDGs:

  • Thanks @NormanWoollons for providing so many insights and for sharing your enthusiasm - gladly our fault to have inspired you to visualise your data!

  • Very nice to hear that you found the information useful and encouraging!

  • Thanks for sharing and sorry to hear the experience was not so good - but it also highlights what it takes to keep people engaged and interested and how feedback should be given (speaking of which... sorry for late reply to your comment!). It is often a matter of time and resources available, but also of expectation management.

  • I like the idea of gamification - creating these targets and sharing progress and questions in social media groups. This could also strengthen sense of community and a common purpose. And one could think of nice ways to celebrate achieving the set targets!

  • Very interesting set-up, David, and sounds like you've created a lovely garden! Very simply put, you would need additional data, eg from other sites near you, that had been in a very similar stage to your garden before you changed it, and that remained mostly that way over the years. You could then look at the data from these plots and how it has changed over...

  • Thanks for sharing the link - very nice indeed, still some types visualisations that I have not seen before (eg the rising/falling example)!

  • Great to hear you gotten so into it you did three!

  • Good question, Laure. To be honest, I'm not sure we know...! But spotting such inconsistencies always triggers the question - what has happened? Can you think of any other possible causes? I'm curious myself... and would want to know: Is the wow temperature some combined temperature value of several weather stations in a region or of one single station? Is the...

  • I think you point at an interesting combination - the hand's on experience of filed work combined with seeing meaningful and insightful results stemming from it, as well as experiencing that one can learn something new and improve one's own skills. These are all important factors that can keep people engaged and motivated.

  • This sounds like a severe issue, is this related to a specific region? What kind of information would be most helpful to you and the community in such a situation?

  • Valantis (in the video) shared experiences from how they analysed data in the Scent project, but this may not be applicable to you.
    Can you explain a bit more what you would like to do, or what you struggle with.

  • We set up this task so everyone can play with larger datasets if they do not have any datasets available and see how and if they can derive insights from them. The activities outlined above refer to the data sets on the GROW Knowledge Hub. If you click on the link in the text above you should reach the page from which you can download the different .csv data...

  • To answer your question we would need to know a bit more detail about the science information you refer to, as well as the type of files. If you have data files saved in an online repository (e.g. dropbox, google drive or similar) then you can usually download them to your computer. If you want to share large files with other people, you can use file sharing...

  • John, do you have datasets that you want to analyse or visualise? If yes, what are they? Maybe we can recommend a simpler to use platform that could help you visualise the data.

  • Thanks for spotting this! We'll try to fix it.

  • @EdwinWisse, yes, this can be key, coupled with good expectation management. If I recall correctly, you said you were a public servant working at the ministry of the interior in The Netherlands - have you also been involved with citizen science in that role?

  • It's great to hear examples of all kinds of issues, from such that strike very locally to more wide-ranging ones. And often, local issues are linked to larger causes and ill-functioning systems. Do you know which type of flood you are experiencing (eg related to overflowing water bodies near by, pluvial flooding from heavy rain events or other)?

  • Looking forward to the course and really great to see such a diverse group of learners, with experience in DIY sensing, nocturnal song collection, tree inventories or ecosystem behaviour. This will make for great discussions and experience sharing!

  • That's really great! iNaturalist also share quality checked data with the international GBIF platform

  • @TeresaHolmes That's great! I'd be curious to know which ones caught your attention! Do you want to share?

  • Teresa, which browser do you use? You can try typing: Does that work?

  • Hi Jan! You can explore the website without registering first. If you access the web version you can, e.g., click on charts (upper left corner) to get an overview of Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) in Spain, Indonesia and Georgia, as well as common threat types. Natura Alert does not monitor biodiversity or change to biodiversity per se, but...

  • Becky - 30 years of local rainfall data is amazing! Have you compared this with official rainfall data from your area? I'd be interested to see how well they match!

  • Giulia, you point at a very important issue. Which project are you participating in? Can you share location based observations without linking it to your profile or identity? Even if your project profile is linked, there are ways to mask your identity. But, many online communities with a shared interest work because you can connect with real people and follow...

  • This sounds really exciting - how long have you been observing and how are you documenting the observations? Are you also sharing your data with the wider community, e.g. with a biodiversity monitoring project?

  • Trap cameras are great! Did you make it work in the end and manage to make some observations?

  • Teresa, that's no problem! Have you heard of any tools that you are now keen to try yourself?

  • Carla, you are absolutely right. This sentence is misleading, thanks for spotting it! In many cases, especially the ones you describe and for most environmental observations, location and time is absolutely crucial. I imagine what was meant here is the location and date of the person using Zooniverse or a platform just like it, which may still be interesting...

  • Thanks Kerry and Ana for your feedback and thoughts. Currently, the app only works when you enable it to use your phone's location. If you have concerns, you can read about our privacy policy here under GROW Observatory app: It describes in detail what data we use and how and what rights you have.

  • Daniel, you point out correctly, that the same term can be used differently depending on the context you're using them in. The course does not try to change your views on terminology or which words you use in the garden center. But hopefully you now have a better idea of other uses of these terms, i.e. how they are used in science to describe land cover and...

  • Hi Daniel, I'm sorry you find this frustrating! Maybe my answer to Enid's question below helps understand better?

  • Hi Enid!
    Yes, this can be confusing initially. The trick is to find a spot that is representative of a certain area and then assess if the land cover is simple (one cover class) or complex (2 and more land cover classes). So, in the example with the forest (trees) and the wetland (grass and reeds), you can choose a spot either on the wetland (representative...

  • Hi Richard!
    You probably wanted to check out the data recording module for the Changing Climate Mission? This is a feature for registered mission participants and also requires a soil moisture sensor. But if you want to still check it out, you should find a "Register" button on the same page, below from where you put in your email. This means registering for...

  • @JannaHolmstedt - Which iPhone and iOS versions do you have? We're looking into it and it would be great to have a bit more info, thanks!

  • Hi R L! Thanks a lot! We're hoping to improve and put more nuance to the info in the app with inputs like yours. And yes, in order to use the app to collect data for the GROW Changing Climate Mission, you'd need to be and participate in a GROW Place.

  • @AmandaOliver If you increase column width, you should be able to see the dates!

  • Hi Fiona! Any guesses why this could be the case? Also, how does the soil moisture behavior compare over time in those two sites?

  • Hi Helen, great, thanks for your initial thoughts!
    What about the magnitude of change, so, the extent to which moisture levels change in the forest compared to grass or wheat? Can you derive any more conclusions from that?

  • Hm, Frances, very interesting! Which software do you use to open the file? The dates should be May 1-June 29, 2017. Maybe you can check the cell format?