Hi Steve, hi list,
thank you very much for sharing your document which I find to be very
much in line with what we have experienced now in our 3 pilot countries.
Of course the experience in Peru is freshest in my mind and it was good
to actually have organisations present stemming from 6 Latin American
countries because this corroborated the impression that many issues are
global in scope. Your user stories are very similar to what we have
experienced and the only aspect that has not been mentioned explicitly
but can be thought to exist in the question "We need access to data that
other people have gathered about our landscape", satellite imagery comes
to mind. There is huge potential in this but it is also clear that
extracting information from this data is a challenge. Many of our
stakeholders present at the workshops were well aware of this
possibility but in most cases found it difficult to access the
resources. Especially utilizing the very high resolution (VHR) data
(sub-meter spatial resolution) is of extremely high interest and we are
addressing this issue in HERMOSA. So, the steadily growing availability
of remotely sensed data would be a "high-priority software-technology
opportunit[y]" you could somehow incorporate from my point of view.
To answer your second question: basically all items on your list relate
to the needs we have experienced in our workshops so they should and
will be addressed. One item, language, is quite tricky but also
incredibly important because it will generate the acceptance that will
be needed if a (software) product is to succeed. I think I already
mentioned it, that we have integrated the
API for translation purposes, which is
doing a tremendous job. Their scope of languages, I have just seen,
seems to be growing because they recently added Japanese and
Am 27.04.20 um 18:00 schrieb steve(a)techmatters.org:
Although a rather grandiose name, the "1000 Landscapes"
project is geared towards delivering finance and technology tools to support local
landscape leaders in building a multi-stakeholder partnership, identifying goals that are
important to their community, and implementing the changes to reach those goals. You can
see the high degree of alignment with HERMOSA, so we have been watching the progress with
In parallel, we have been conducting interview with our target audience worldwide, and
the synthesis of those conversations, the common "user stories" (in modern
design language), are below. We would love to have feedback on whether these stories fit
with your own experiences in the field, with local community leaders!
1) Have you identified any high-priority software-technology opportunities that we have
2) How would you modify these stories to better match your own understanding of the
You can read more about 1000 Landscapes here:
(intro blog post)
(our website page)
Steve Francis, Project Director
Tech Matters (techmatters.org
1. Software isn’t useful unless…
* it runs on the hardware we have: mostly Android smartphones, with some laptop access in
* it works even when I don’t have a connection right now
* it provides support for the language(s) spoken in my community
* it keeps private data private, and allows us control over our data
2. We need to gather, manipulate, store, communicate, and re-use data about our community
* We need a directory of our community, so that we can communicate with the right people
based on their role and interests.
* Sometimes we need to gather specific information about crops, herds, water, soil, or
even illegal activities.
* We need access to data that other people have gathered about our landscape
(universities, governments, and so forth).
* We need to store this data securely, preserving its privacy, and ensuring that it is
available to us for years to come.
* We need software that allows us to organize and manipulate the data to meet specific
reporting obligations, and make persuasive charts and graphs.
3. Maps are important, and making and sharing them is too hard
* Maps on our laptop screens are helpful, but we need a way to present map data to our
community in ways which are more accessible and understandable: big paper maps so everyone
can see, and offline maps designed for the smartphone so everyone can zoom in and out.
* We need to be able to take an existing map, and add information that is important to
* Whenever we gather or receive data that is associated with particular places in our
landscape, we would like to be able to display that information on a map.
* When we have data from different points in time, we want to make a map-movie, showing
how things are changing.
4. We need help communicating better
* Community: We need to be able to deliver important education and alerts to our
community (specific to their role and interests) and ask them questions and let them tell
us what is happening -- even if they only have a feature phone or a radio.
* Other Landscapes: We need to be able to find other landscape initiatives that are
facing problems like ours, and learn from them. We are happy to share our experiences in
* Funders: We need to create complete and persuasive presentation materials to help
secure funding and report to funders on our impact and progress.
* The World: We need help telling our story to the world -- to buyers about our unique or
superior products, to tourists about what makes our landscape special, to investors who
might invest in our enterprises and to universities who might help us study and improve
our interventions towards sustainable development.
5. We need more money
* We need to find funding sources, whether national or international, that are likely to
help with sustainable landscape projects like ours.
* When we are applying for funding, we need to know how to make our application more
likely to succeed.
* When trying to choose between different projects in our landscape, or what to work on
first, it would be helpful to know which project will be easier to fund.
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