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New milestone: 100.000 meal pictures collected

20 November 2020

Children participating in the BigO project are collecting pictures of the meals they eat. Last week, we reached the milestone of 5000 registered users for the myBigO app. Together, these 5000 citizen scientists have submitted 100,000 meal pictures. When looking at all 5000 users, 72% took at least one meal picture. Only 35% of the users…

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A pre-print of the overview paper on BigO has been published online

8 May 2020

A pre-print of a new scientific paper about BigO is now published. The paper is titled “BigO: A public health decision support system for measuring obesogenic behaviors of children in relation to their local environment”. The paper presents an overview of BigO. It discusses the data acquisition, indicator extraction, data exploration, and analysis components of…

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New video online – How is data collection affected by the corona virus?

9 April 2020

The corona virus affects our daily live and thus, the data collection of the BigO project. To explain these consequences, we made a new animation video for all citizen scientists. It is now online on our YouTube channel! To make it understandable for all children participating in the BigO project, the videos have subtitles in…

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Annual Conference of the Hellenic College of Pediatricians, Athens, Greece

30 March 2020

On 14 and 15 February,  the Annual Conference of the Hellenic College of Pediatricians took place. The Biomedical Research Foundation presented on behalf of BigO.  The presentation was titled: “BigO: Big Data for the Prevention and Management of Obesity in Childhood and Adolescence”. The presentation not only discussed the concept of BigO itself, but also…

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New schools in Thessaloniki have participated in the BigO project

23 March 2020

Researches of the International Hellenic University frequently present the BigO project at schools to explain the project and recruit students. They already presented the BigO project at six Primary Schools and fourteen High Schools in two different Municipalities of Thessaloniki, Greece. Among these schools were the 3rd Primary School of Ampelokipoi, the 1st Primary School of…

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Consequences of COVID-19 for BigO data collection

20 March 2020

BigO collects data from children through school projects and clinics in different European countries. As all the BigO countries are currently taking measures by closing schools and switching to online education, no new data collection attempts will be started in the coming weeks. Children that are already collecting data for BigO can continue to do…

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New citizen scientists explainer videos are online!

16 March 2020

Stockholm and Athens   New BigO explainer videos are now online on the BigO YouTube channel! December last year, BigO published an explainer video featuring the cities Stockholm & Athens. The new video’s feature the cities Dublin & Thessaloniki and Uppsala & Larissa. In all these cities, citizen scientist are helping us to collect data! To…

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Participation in the BRITEC project

9 March 2020

The EA team had the opportunity to collaborate with the Bringing Research Into The Classroom (BRITEC) project. The aim of the BRITEC project is to introduce the citizen science approach at schools as a way of engaging students in scientific research. During this project, EA shared the experiences they gained from participating in the BigO project…

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EA secondary school students analyze the data of their own meals

2 March 2020

In December 2019, students from the secondary school of EA analyzed their own data during their ICT curriculum course. They analyzed both meal photos and other collected data. With the support of their ICT teacher, students worked in the ICT lab and performed a simplified analysis on their pictures. In doing so, they produced graphs…

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BigO presented at the Stockholm’s Food Sustainability Network

24 February 2020

On the 23th of January, the Karolinska Institutet held a poster presentation on the BigO project during the matchmaking event for Stockholm’s Food Sustainability Network.  This event was coordinated by KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. The workshop included Swedish food enterprises and start-ups, public health authorities, policy makers and scientific personnel. All of these…

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