Conservation International Receives 2015 Computerworld Data+Editors’ Choice Award

9/4/2015

​Arlington, VA, September 4, 2015 – The Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring (TEAM) Network, a partnership led by Conservation International (CI) alongside the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Smithsonian Institution, has been named as a 2015 Computerworld Data+ Editors' Choice Award honoree. This prestigious award recognizes innovative big data initiatives that have delivered significant business value. The award honors HP Earth Insights, a partnership between TEAM and Hewlett-Packard that helps analyze data about environmental trends and changes in tropical forest.

 "This award is testament to the hard work of so many partner organizations and individuals in the Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring (TEAM) Network," said Eric Fegraus, senior director of technology and external relations, TEAM Network. "By combining an exciting scientific project with cutting edge technology, we produced tools that will make a difference in the future of conservation."

Through the use of camera trap technology, the network collects data on temperature, changes in weather, plant growth and species distribution across 15 countries to better understand how tropical forests are responding to a changing climate and human impacts. Using near-real-time data which can be better analyzed using the software developed with Hewlett Packard, TEAM offers decision-makers information about trends on local, regional and global scales that can be used to make informed decisions about sustainable development and conservation in sensitive ecosystems.   

"We are pleased to announce the 2015 Data+ Editors' Choice Awards honorees," said Scot Finnie, editor in chief of Computerworld. "This year's honorees have used analytics to solve vexing business and humanitarian problems. They are taking data analytics to the next level – mining data to make fast business decisions, measure risk, create efficiencies and much more."

The Data+ Editors' Choice Awards honorees and their achievements will be highlighted in a special September feature on Computerworld.com.

The Computerworld Data+ Editors' Choice awards program was launched in 2013 by IDG's  Computerworld editorial team to recognize organizations that are mining big data to analyze and predict business trends and monetize this information. Organizations were asked to complete questionnaires detailing their big data projects, which were then reviewed by the Computerworld editorial team. From those questionnaires, honorees were selected for their ability to achieve business benefits through big data, and demonstrate real-world results and best practices. View the 2015 winners on Computerworld.com.

About Conservation International (CI)

Since 1987, Conservation International has been working to improve human well-being through the care of nature. With the guiding principle that nature doesn't need people, but people need nature for food, water, health and livelihoods—CI works with more than 1,000 partners around the world to ensure a healthy, more prosperous planet that supports the well-being of people. Learn more about CI and the "Nature Is Speaking " campaign, and follow CI's work on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube .

About Computerworld

Computerworld is the leading IT media brand helping senior IT, business decision-makers and key influencers navigate change with effective business strategy. As the voice of business technology, Computerworld enables the IT value chain with unique editorial coverage from setting strategies to deriving value. Computerworld's award-winning website (www.computerworld.com), focused conference series, strategic marketing solutions and research forms the hub of the world's largest (40+ edition) global IT media network and provides opportunities for IT vendors to engage this audience. Computerworld was recognized in BtoB's 2013 Media Power 50 list; recognition Computerworld has received for more than 5 consecutive years. Computerworld is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading media, events and research company. Company information is available at www.idgenterprise.com.

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