Slightly off topic for the minute but there is a UA element soon. Lyndon is a friend of mine and it was with him many years ago that this entire UAS interest (pun warning) took off for me. At the time Lyndon was looking for antelope in Kenya and other people were watching Lions we figured their had to be a better way.

Lyndon needs volunteers to look at satellite images and tag them..

Here’s the issue: right now, our understanding of where people are farming is limited. Though we have a pretty good idea of where people are farming in Europe and North America, there is much to learn about the rest of the world. Of particular note is Africa, which is predicted to experience an explosion in agriculture in the coming decades.

The best data that we have so far is not incredibly accurate and relied on outdated satellite images. The data are prone to overestimating and underestimating farmland in various locations. Due to the wide range of error and the unreliability of the data, it is difficult to conduct investigations or make predictions based on this data. As a result, we have launched an initiative in the hopes of getting a better idea of the farmland distribution in Africa. We are trying to map all of Sub-Saharan Africa using the power of the Internet.


So please sign up if you have time.

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Comment by Paul Marsh on December 2, 2012 at 6:27am

Hi Gary,

I've trying off and on for a few days to sign up for this, but "Mapping Africa" never turns up in my searches of "HITS" on Amazon's Mechanical Turk.  I did send a note to the Mapping Africa folks, but no response.  Just FYI, although I'd like to give this a try.

Take care,

Comment by Adam on December 2, 2012 at 11:10am

I got rejected, with no explanation.  Anyone else have any luck signing up?


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