About this project

World Bee Day and The World Bee Count – Online this year.

The World Bee Day has been celebrated since 2018 on 20 May, the birthdate of pioneer beekeeper Anton Janša. This year, the event, which is hosted by the UN will be taking place mostly online due to the Covid 19 crisis.

We are launching the World Bee Count as a celebration of all that connects us across the world and all the ways in which we can collaborate - even in difficult times - to share knowledge and overcome challenges together.

We adhere to strict privacy guidelines when collecting and handling your data. The data you submit is anonymised, and your location will be rounded to the nearest 3 km on the Global Pollinator Map.

Who is behind the World Bee Count movement?

The World Bee Project

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The World Bee Project CIC is the social enterprise that has launched The Global Hive Network© the world’s first globally coordinated honeybee hive monitoring initiative designed to generate unprecedented new data about honeybee health and its relationship with varying environments, weather patterns, forage, diseases, parasites, predator species and pesticides. The Global Hive Network© aims to inform and implement actions to improve pollinator habitats, create more sustainable ecosystems, and improve food security and nutrition for honeybees and eventually for key pollinator groups.

The World Bee Project mission is to increase food security and livelihoods by combining AI, IoT and data analytics, computer vision, wireless technologies and robotics in advanced ways to discover new insights and create new solutions to serve bees and pollinators, food production, livelihoods, wildlife conservation and to mitigate the climate emergency. In fact, to ensure the survival of life on earth.

HiveTracks

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Hive Tracks delivers cloud-based software solutions and data analytics products focused on honey bee health, beekeeping optimization, and the honey bee's direct connection to global food production.

Hive Tracks’ reliable, ubiquitous software solutions support all levels of beekeeping activity; from backyard hobbyists, to sideliners, to large commercial bee producers and pollinators. Our vast network of beekeepers has evolved into a vibrant, collaborative community; voluntarily sharing data, best practices, products and services. The data and information we’ve captured has led to a deeper understanding of real-time and predictive honey bee health and the linkage to global food security.

Hive Tracks is founded on principles of innovation and is continuously partnering with a diversity of beekeepers, scientists, businesses, and organizations to expand the boundaries of what is possible at the intersection of honey bees and technology. We are pleased to engage Flow as a sponsor of the World Bee Count.

Center for Analytics Research and Education

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The Center for Analytics Research and Education (CARE) is a research and education Center located at Appalachian State University with its founding mission to do data analytics for good. All of it’s projects are screened to make sure that they support one or more of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

To support Appalachian State University’s long tradition of being among the greenest universities in the United States, part of CARE’s mission is to engage students, faculty and research partners in impactful real world projects that provide unique research and learning opportunities with data and analytics while making a difference in the world.

Supporting The World Bee Count extends CARE Center’s long tradition of research on honeybees and pollinators in collaboration with partners such as SAS, Apimondia, IZSLT, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, Project Apis m., Bayer, the North Carolina Biotechnology Center and others. We are especially grateful to Bayer for their financial support in helping fund CARE’s students and faculty to perform research on the data from the World Bee Count and other digital pollinator data sources.

Data Collection and Handling

One of the goals of the World Bee Count is to build an open repository of citizen science data that can be used to help our world’s pollinators. To do so, we want to share the data with key partners with the skills and expertise to analyse these and other relevant secondary sources of data on the conditions that those findings, tools, and enriched data are shared back with this community so all can benefit.

As such, we need to balance the privacy needs of our users with the research and analysis value of the data collected by preserving key features in the data useful for data science.

To this end, the Center for Analytics Research and Education (CARE) at Appalachian State University is managing data collected from this project with the following principles:

  • Only anonymous data is shared in the data repository to maximise privacy protection.
  • Any potentially identifiable data is further fuzzied by reducing its precision (i.e., rounding location to the nearest 3 km, truncating time stamps to the nearest hour, or using a hash algorithm to obfuscate data) in accordance with Apimondia’s Working Group for Bee Data Standardisation’s guidelines.
  • Requests by groups for more precise data than that made publicly available in the data repository will need to go through a formal Institutional Review Board (IRB) assessment or equivalent documented ethical or legal review before release.

This process maximises the protection of data contributors while preserving the research and analysis value of the data so it can be better put to use in the service of our pollinators, ecosystem, and society.

For any further data privacy-related information, please contact us at care@appstate.edu.