Blogging Birds: Telling Informative Stories About the Lives of Birds from Telemetric Data

Advaith Siddharthan (Corresponding Author), Kapila Ponnamperuma, Chris Mellish, Cheng Zeng, Daniel J Heptinstall, Annie Robinson, Stuart Benn, Rene Van der Wal

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Abstract

Blogging birds is a novel artificial intelligence program that generates creative texts to communicate telemetric data derived from satellite tags fitted to red kites — a medium-size bird of prey — as part of a species reintroduction program in the U.K. We address the challenge of communicating telemetric sensor data in real time by enriching it with meteorological and cartographic data, codifying ecological knowledge to allow creative interpretation of the behavior of individual birds in respect to such enriched data, and dynamically generating informative and engaging data-driven blogs aimed at the general public.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-77
Number of pages10
JournalCommunications of the ACM
Volume62
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019

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