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Turning to Open Source for Sweet Solutions to Bee Colony Collapse

November 27, 2013
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Turning to Open Source for Sweet Solutions to Bee Colony Collapse
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The crisis of the declining bee population has been getting some extra attention, and along with the extra awareness has come some clever solutions. It’s an alarming problem, but Open Source Beehives (OSB) has created an opportunity for tech innovators worldwide to lend a hand. The project takes a scientific data-driven approach to finding out why the bees are dying out so quickly, distributing sensor kits to volunteers, and using the sensors on hives to monitor bees’ current environments. They’re sharing the kits for free, and the technical code is open and available online, inviting the public to collaborate on a solution to this global problem. By empowering professional beekeepers and amateur concerned citizens at the same time, OSB is the first organization of its type to look to the masses for a solution.

 

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