The bGeigie Diaries: Earthquake Fish, Seaweed, and Safecast’s Apolitical Stance

[:en] If Safecast volunteers had CVs, Jonathan Wilder’s would likely be one of the most diverse. Procurement officer, volunteer scientist, and chef extraordinaire are but a few of the roles he has filled since joining the group in late 2012. You might be one of the non-Japanese members of Safecast who has lived here the…

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The Bgeigie Diaries: Daiichi and the Dutch connection

Rob Oudendjik is one of the very early Safecast members. He was involved in many of the projects that laid the foundation for the current generation of bGeigies, as well as the way that Safecast gathers its data. He shares his memories of the early Safecast days, as well as what keeps him involved six…

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Safecast Summer Workshops Take Off In a Big Way – Especially with Kids

Safecast workshops were a whirlwind of activity in the late summer months with a series of events, many of which were for kids and families. One of the season’s highlights was the third Safecast Mori Kids’ Mirai Summer Camp Workshop on Radiation, held in Tokyo’s famous Roppongi Hills. The event took place over two sold-out…

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The bGeigie Diaries: Tokyo to Fukushima after the disaster

If there was a list of unsung Safecast heroes, Kyoko ‘Kiki’ Tanaka would be one of the first names on it. Kiki has been a core member since shortly after Safecast began, running the office side of the operation for a long time, and coordinating our Japanese volunteers. I spoke with her about some of…

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Q&A: Why Safecast’s Global Director Has Moved To Japan

Safecast’s director of global operations, Sean Bonner, is adding another entry to an already long CV: moved to Japan in August, 2017. Besides looking forward to exploring the country and sharing his passion for Japan his family, the move means that Sean will be closer to the centre of the action when it comes to…

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The bGeigie Diaries: Mapping Across Australia

Data collector: Richard Unwin bGeigie Number: 2327 – User ID 605 Data locations: Across Australia, including around Perth, central Australia and Tasmania. Hot Spot / Interesting Readings:  Vatican City – Rome – interesting readings near some of the granite statues of Rome. Missed Readings: Stelvio Pass, Italy – one of the more challenging roads in…

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Mods and Adds: Developing tools for offline Safecast data processing in the field

During emergency situations, online services (including maps) may not be reliable. In the worst case no connection to the internet is available or connection is too slow. Similar situations also occur during measuring events for mobile groups working with the Czech National Radiation Protection Institute (SÚRO) in areas with insufficient coverage, for example in mountainous…

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The bGeigie Diaries: From Six Years Before Fukushima To New Zealand

Data Collector: Allan Lind Data locations: New Zealand, Japan You started collecting radiation data here in Japan long before Fukushima. What got you interested and when did you begin collecting data? My initial interest in radiation really got started when I was working at a steel plant in my native New Zealand in the mid…

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The bGeigie Diaries: Mapping from New Delhi to ‘Little Lhasa’

Data collector: Savina Singla Data locations: Kolkata, New Delhi, North West India, area up towards McLeod Ganj, known as ‘Little Lhasa’ What’s the last data you recorded with a bGeigie? I went to Kolkata in West Bengal recently where I collected radiation data. It was very smooth. It was the first time I tried collecting…

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Singapore University Business Students Visit Safecast

Around 20 students from Singapore Management University visited Safecast’s offices in Tokyo as part of a business study trip to Japan. The stop at Safecast was in part to learn more about how Safecast, as a volunteer-centred organization with a focus on open citizen science, functions. The students were attentive, enthusiastic and asked great questions…

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