It’s fair to say that the BBC is totally the notice board for the world when it comes to interesting news! So to have our story told, with links and details of what we are doing as a team, as a project and have that shared on the BBC here right at the start was simply fantastic! To get the amazing response that we did just validates all our efforts to date and makes us all the more driven to make a real difference with this project and the Fleet Science Mission.
The net effect has been to get the project off to a truly great start with some simply game changing coverage on BBC Breakfast News, BBC Newsround and BBC News online. Our BBC News online story was retweeted by BBC News twitter accounts to 9.4 Million followers, the effect of which we are still seeing every day.
We have been blown away by the amazing response we have had from cruisers spread all over the world and we will soon be getting them to start collecting basic data as part of a beta programme to aid the development of the App, portal and database.
Dr Steve and the team at Exeter have already started looking in more detail at what could be easily provided to each vessel to supercharge the kinds of data collected and allow truly unique and valuable data sets to start to be produced on a global scale!
The steps to get the App operational and the supporting online portal and database will take us a little longer! The sheer size of the database and the cost to get the app, online portal and database completed has to be met – So we are talking to potential partners that can help us get the app to a Beta state and have the infrastructure to store what is likely to be a huge amount of sound and video files – making everything accessible to the public especially school children and the science community in a way that makes it valuable for all - this is not a small task! So watch this space for updates!
BBC News Online Article: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-44661953
BBC Newsround: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/44668624
As with any project getting the foundations right is fundamental to making it a success and we are very lucky to have had some great help to get a strong foundation in place for the Given Time expedition and Fleet Science outreach project!
Chief amongst that help has been true stars like; Richard Knight (Mettle PR), Simon and Jo Holland, Skip Margets (Farm Film), Dr Tom Appleby (UWE), Dr Dan Buzzo (UWE & Uni of Amsterdam), Prof Geoff Scamans (Brunel University), the team from University of Amsterdam and most recently our lead Science Advisor Dr Steve Simpson (Associate Prof. University of Exeter and BBC Blue Planet II) who is a true inspiration - Plus all of our amazing sponsor companies without whom this expedition and science mission just wouldn’t be happening!