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Location: Kyoto and Auckland
Work interests: research, editing, ethnobotany, prehistory, plant genetics
Affiliation/website: National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka
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Contact: email = researchcooperative-at-gmail-dot-com
Favourite publications: Aroideana, Economic Botany, Farming Matters, PLoSOne

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Work: ethnobotany, plant ecology and genetics, human ecology, agricultural history, archaeology, museology
Affiliations: 1996-present: National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka. 1995: Freelance editor, Kyoto. 1994: JSPS Research Visitor, Kyoto University, Kyoto. 1993: Research Visitor, Australian National University, Canberra. 1991: Visiting Researcher, National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka.1990: STA Fellow, National Institute for Ornamental Plants, Vegetables, and Tea (NIVOT), Ano, Japan
Contact: National Museum of Ethnology, Senri Expo Park, Suita City, Osaka, Japan 565-8511
Biographical: Established the Research Cooperative in 2001
Favourite Publications: Economic Botany, Ethnobotany Research and Applications, New Scientist, Minpaku Anthropology Newsletter, Archaeology in Oceania

Falling Fruit - a nice idea ripe with problems?

By: Research Cooperative
Posted in: Online

Here's my comment for Falling Fruit , a project aiming to crowdsource data in order to map fruit trees located in public spaces. The idea is to make free food sources more widely known. Nice in theory but...

Falling fruit from public trees in a particular community might already be known by the community. How can this app help local communities advertise trees available within the community, while protecting those trees from overharvesting by outsiders who learn about them through the Falling Fruit network? When we map trees, can we limit access to people within a certain defined area, as identifed by the IP address of each computer or mobile device?