It’s been a busy week for Creeknet MAZI pilot as we welcomed friends to try out some of the new species monitoring and environmental reporting tools at CDC on Deptford Creek.
The impact workshop was a day of reflections and activity around future development and uses for MAZI toolkit as the 3 year project plan and local pilot reaches it’s conclusion.
Throughout, we have been actively engaging with groups outside as well as in the local pilot in Deptford and Greenwich. Many attending have already had a taste for how they may like to continue working together. Others visiting have taken the time now to find out more and meet-up to get a first hand experience and the opportunity to set up and operate a MAZI toolkit, to work on in their own time.
We were so pleased to welcome friends from Reverso who have now been working with YT for a year to support use of the Mazi tools in ‘Distributed Spaces’ of Sao Paulo and with their 3D students at Central St Martins.
Some 20 people in all joined us for a fabulous day of open conversation, introduction to the range of work in progress and low tide walking. Some OU colleagues traveled from Scotland, others came early from MK to help prepare for the days activities, so many thanks to all who made it.
Much interest is now springing out from the installation, testing and reporting of how a portable networking toolkit can offer effective alternatives to challenge preconceptions of how we work collectively and creatively together.
Visitors to the Creekside Discovery Centre will soon also be able to track tidal temperatures at comparative depths in the river alongside the species logging and analysis processes for secondary school students.
An array of temperature sensors have been installed on the river bank and fitted to a customised MAZI toolkit by engineers at Open University. The equipment has been fitted on the back of the creek at the end of 80m of toughened conduit to protect against the elements and rodent attention. Previous installations were short lived and frustrating to maintain because of these issues, so we are now hopeful of collecting some useful data over much longer period.