Sousa, D., Silva, A.R., Amorim, I.R., Ashby, S., Arroz, A.M., Piasentin, F., Gabriel, R. & Matos, S. (2021) The Field Guide app: Connecting island communities to local conservation through mobile interaction. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Communities & Technologies. Seattle. DOI:10.18420/ct2021-064.
Here we present Field Guide, a mobile application (app) designed to connect communities to nature-rich environments, which play a crucial role in nature conservation efforts. The app aligns to a mode of science communication that seeks to establish direct contact between publics and specialised scientific communities, most commonly known as the ’ask a scientist’ approach. Field Guide uses a geolocation positioning system to offer users the opportunity to pose questions to scientists whilst exploring a nature conservation site. In this demo, we display the app as a mock-up presentation before its first use by children and teenagers during a field-trip to a nature trail later in 2021.