By: Joseph Cazier
"Last month (April 2018 Issue), I wrote an article for Bee Culture outlining the path to what I called the Genius Hive. You might recall that while a Smart Hive is a hive that can tell you about itself (weight, temperature, humidity, etc.) a Genius Hive is one that can tell you what it needs to do better. It might include treatments, feedings, space, genetic selection of a queen best suited to a given area, and an alert system when a problem arises.
As outlined in last month’s article, the path to building a genius hive, or Intelligent Apiary Management System, involved several steps. The first step was the collection of large scale data in a format that could be analyzed with advanced analytical techniques, such as Machine Learning and Data Mining. These tools help develop algorithms to integrate best management practices into software that can assist beekeepers to better manage their hives for optimal performance.
However, all of this presupposes that you have data to analyze. In a survey we discussed last month, 74% of respondents reported that they kept no paper records when doing routine management tasks, such as inspecting a hive. To build a genius hive, we would need not only good records, but those records would need to be standardized (everyone entering similar data for similar things) and those records would need to be entered in or converted to an electronic format that could then be analyzed.
Since electronic record collection is so critical to the use of Data Science to lead to better beekeeping, and good records are currently so few and far between, the focus of this article will be on why beekeepers should move from paper or spreadsheet or no records to electronic recordkeeping."
Continue reading: http://www.beeculture.com/electronic-record-keeping-the-path-to-better-beekeeping/
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