Who is behind the BEEtree-Monitor?
The idea to create a website on the subject of wild honey bees for collecting valid observation data was born back in 2013 when I discovered the first colonies in a house wall. It soon became clear to me that little is known about this aspect of honey bees and so I started documenting all observations and actively searching for more colonies.
Over the years I met many interesting people, all being more or less involved to make this as community project happening...
David und Tobias haben mir in der Zeit in Stuttgart wichtige Impulse für das Verständnis des Organismus Honigbiene mit auf den Weg gegeben. Neben dem Imkern haben wir gemeinsam viele Schwärme beobachtet, gefangen und auch das eine oder andere Bienenvolk in eine Hauswand einziehen sehen. Über die beiden entstand auch ein wichtiger Kontakt zur Fischermühle in Rosenfeld.
During my time in Stuttgart, David and Tobias gave important input for my understanding of the honey bees as organism. Beside beekeeping we together followed and caught many swarms. And too we saw a couple bee colonies move into walls. An important connection to Fischermühle in Rosenfeld was also established through them.
At the Zeidler workshop in Steigerwald in 2014, I got to know a completely new view of the bees. The traditional, but over the last few centuries lost, knowledge about the beekeeping in living trees brought us then and until today the Polish Zeidler from Russia, where until today the Zeidlerkultur has held. Conversations and further contact with André and Tom also encouraged me to be on an important path here. Even then André had a simple registration form on freethebees.ch.
The move to Munich brought a lot of new things and the bees gave the impetus for important contacts to Carmen, Felix and Ralf. Exciting discussions at the monthly Stadtimker Stammtisch and other opportunities enrich my view of the honeybee.
In keeping with the theme, in July 2016 I met at the meeting with Thomas D. Seeley at the Fischermühle Benjamin. At that time, none of us realized how many connecting points existed. With great enthusiasm, since autumn 2016 he has been driving research on wild honey bees together with Patrick at the University of Würzburg and is a Baptist and employee of the partner project BEEtrees at HOBOS.
At the end of 2016, in exchange with Uwe, a first form for reporting observations of wild honey bee colonies in the form of a fillable PDF, based on previous experience in my documentation and the observations of the peoples.
Almost at the same time there was a first attempt to design a website together with André and Benjamin. From the idea of a PDF form as an interim solution to the final implementation of the website took some time. Many people have contributed in content. Thank you all: André, Benjamin, Felix, Frank, Gerhard, Jürgen, Lena, Uwe, Valerie
How do we deal with the sensitive data?
The information on localities and observations of the bee colonies are collected for scientific research and processed exclusively anonymously. Based on approaches such as Open Source, Open Data, Open Access, etc., parts of the information are made available to the public in a prepared form on this website. In order to protect the bee colonies from access, the pinpoint location data are not revealed yet.
What technology is being used?
The website was created entirely from open source software. A Debian Linux server as a basis, then the classic combination of Apache web server and PostgreSQL database. Drupal, expanded with Indicia the Open Source Wildlife Recording Toolkit.