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Putting soil research into the hands of the community

Putting soil research into the hands of the community We have been published on Common Place! Through empowering the community to measure and contribute soil data using the reflectometer, we are creating models to predict soil C levels… and they improve with every measurement. Click the link below to read about our journey to creating […]

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First Peer-Reviewed Paper Published Using Our-Sci Reflectometer

First Peer-Reviewed Paper Published Using Our-Sci Reflectometer The paper, titled “Accessible, affordable, fine-scale estimates of soil carbon for sustainable management in sub-Saharan Africa” (link), was published in the Soil Science Society of America Journal on April 28th. Our-Sci’s own Dan Teravest performed this research in collaboration with Patrick M. Ewing, Xinyi Tu, and Sieglinde S. […]

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A Day in the Life of a Data Point

Moving from Research to Prediction with SurveyStack: A Day in the Life of a Data Point Octavio Duarte, June 2021 Summary: A walkthrough of the Our-Sci data pipeline, from field to prediction outputs. This is part of our journey to transform our tool suite from a specialized solution for a few use cases into a […]

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Introducing SurveyStack, the new Data Collection Platform from the Our-Sci Team

Introducing SurveyStack, the new Data Collection Platform from the Our-Sci Team When we first started Our Sci 3 years ago, we built our platform (Our Sci App v.1) around connecting hand-held instruments to mobile data collection apps. For the past few years, we have worked with numerous project partners, some who required integration with hand-held and […]

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An Open Strategy to build Soil Carbon part 2

Testing a novel approach to quantify soil Carbon using direct measurements with the Our Sci Reflectometer and soil metadata Previously, we highlighted the potential of soil carbon sequestration to remove significant CO2 from the atmosphere and discussed the challenges in developing pathways for soil carbon sequestration credits. One of the key challenges is the difficulty in […]

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Applications open for a new conference on open tech in ag – GOAT

I already get it – take me to the conference page or heck just let me apply now!  Wanting more info… Read on! Why another conference? Information about our food system should be public or easy-to-share. Unfortunately, that is often not the case. Food is currently produced by a mix of private and public entities, and information about […]

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An Open Strategy to build Soil Carbon part 1

Why soil Carbon matters Soils are the largest terrestrial pool of organic carbon on the planet, holding as much as 3,000 Gt of carbon in the upper 2 meters of soil. To put that into perspective, the total amount of carbon in the atmosphere is currently about 870 Gt and annual CO2-C emissions from fossil fuels equal about 9.7 […]

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The future of fresh produce: a skeptical optimist’s view

Imagine if consumers and farmers could measure the nutrient density of fresh produce on farms and in stores in seconds. Consumers would demand nutrient-dense produce because they could see it empirically at the point of sale. Farmers would get a premium for more nutritious crops. Higher prices would motivate farmers to develop farming practices that […]

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Reflectometer progress: circuit board

In case you missed the last post, we are building a reflectometer.  The goal is a simple to use, low cost, flexible device for a variety of measurements including tree canopy, soil carbon, and food nutrient density. If you’re curious about the development process, IRNAS produced a great post walking through the steps from understanding the application to […]

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We are building a open source reflectometer… and here’s why

“But wait,” you say, “there are already some out there, and they are pretty well designed and reasonably priced!”  Well, yes – there are full spectrometers like the Spectruino ($411), the Open Source Colorometer ($80 + $20 per LED) from IORodeo, and publications from universities describing open colorometer designs (Appropedia and MTU have a good one, but there […]

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