Open Forestry Q&A

What is an open movement?
Open movements incorporate models of providing goods and services which includes the possibility of the end-user’s participation in the production of these goods and services. For example, the open software movement shared source code widely to develop arguably the best pieces of software on the planet, such as the operating system for Android phones and Linux, which runs 99% of all the supercomputers in the world. Open movements are being used in healthcare, scientific publications, robotics, governments, and even the system powering this website (Apache).

What is Open Forestry?
It is a global open movement in forestry. There are three main objectives of Open Forestry: 1) Connect people by making communications simple and powerful 2) Enable better decisions that benefit people and the environment through predictive analytics 3) Improve the lives of everyone in the forest sector through open information and innovation.

How can it help me?
It can help you make better decisions by: 1) connecting you to resources that you would otherwise not have access 2) help to organize disparate information and distill out what is important to you 3) amplifying your questions, answers, or messages through its global network.

How will it help smallholders?
Open Forestry will increase information sharing across socioeconomic groups. It will encourage open exchange by simplifying communications and allowing people to focus on what matters, which is typically answering questions and using best practices. For example, smart systems are being built that automatically translate messages in any language. Various communication tools, like Twitter, email, FaceBook, and so on, are being connected so that people can use the tool they want and it will be seamlessly connected to others. A 'data lake' has been created that will organize information so that machine learning and Ai can one day provide answers automatically. Finally, these digital resources will be connected with people on the ground to ensure smallholders can benefit from Open Forestry.

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SMS Connect

  1. Send a text message to (+1) 831-531-OPEN 
  2. You should receive a reply within 5 minutes that it was received. This Public Beta can translate Spanish and Chinese to English. Over 140 language translations are possible once fully operational.
  3. Your original text, phone number, and a translation of your message are stored
  4. Your message is sent to Open Forestry's Slack channel in English
  5. We will identify next steps and get back to you in a text message

A lot is happening in the background to make this happen. Dig into the technical details of Open Forestry's SMS Connect here.

Submit Information

What if we could have a centralized location that was smart about all the forestry information we can provide it? We can, with your help, starting now!

There are two types of information we need to capture: 1) is online 2) needs to be put online. Help us capture information to grow Open Forestry.

1) Fill out this form to submit information already available online.

2) Upload Information

Use the link below to upload information that is not already online. It will open up a new page where you can drag and drop files for upload. This upload link is connected via OneDrive to an Azure Data Lake Store. This enterprise scale infrastructure was donated by Microsoft. It provides Open Forestry with an effectively unlimited amount of space to gather information not already online, and make it accessible for predictive analytics and machine learning, with the goal of better understand for making better decisions.

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We can use cloud-based resources and machine-based organizing tools to get a handle on things. Luckily, we don’t have to put the information (i.e. documents, videos, tools, databases, journal articles, co-op reports, etc.) all in one place – we just point to them. Then we can use deep learning and Ai to take us from the confusion of BIG data and fragmented information to real world solutions and better answers.