Rhiza Labs and the Surui Carbon Project

The San Francisco Chronicle published a great article highlighting the excellent work that the Surui Tribe, Google and the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) have been doing together for years . The project is being promoted as a model for ecological and cultural preservation around the world. Rhett Butler wrote another informative article published in Washington Monthly magazine that gives a bit more context about the history of the Surui and specifically the potential for their forest to be entered into the global carbon trading market. Rhiza Labs was recently invited to join this partnership by Google and the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT), funded by the Moore Foundation. For this project, our Rhiza Insight platform is being used to aggregate the data collected by the Surui using the open-source Open Data Kit application on Android-powered cell phones. Once the data is collected on the Rhiza Insight-powered website, the Surui are able…

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Video: Databasin.org Showcased at Google Tech Talk, April 15, Mountain View, CA

On April 15, 2008 Rhiza Labs CEO Josh Knauer and CTO Mike Higgins along with conservation scientist Tosha Comendant presented an overview of the Databasin.org project and shared their insights on the challenges of how to create incentives for people to share public GIS data. (more…)

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