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Participatory Video, Natural Resource Management and Compendium
Andrea Berardi

Today, 1st September 2011, is the start of a three year 1.9 million European Commission Seventh Framework project, called COBRA (Community Owned Best practice for sustainable Resource Adaptive management in the Guiana Shield, South America). It's a project that is led by Jay Mistry (Royal Holloway, University of London), together with eight other partners across Europe and South America.

Jay Mistry, Simon Buckingham-Shum and other colleagues at The Open University have already worked together on a pilot project integrating Compendium and a Geographical Information System, UDig, within the same natural resource management context (see ). It's fantastic to see how Compendium has evolved since the Ecosensus project, and we're planning to make full use of the new functionality.

The main methodological tool which we will be using in COBRA is Participatory Video, and yesterday Jay and I gave a "blended" hypermedia/physical presentation at the Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference using video and image embedded within Compendium.

I've just made a brief YouTube video describing the project and our intended use of Compendium (with the Compendium movie facility running in the background -- to note that I've reduced the screen capture to one frame per second to avoid confusion between me talking on screen and my voice-over).

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