What is BEEP?
Why this app?
BEEP is an online system for beekeepers launched on July 14th 2017. It can replace paper-based record keeping. Because it is a digital system, it allows for new possibilities such as managing and consulting the data on the bee colonies from any location and device. The BEEP webapp can be used free of charges and is available in amongst others English, Dutch, German, French and romanian. It can be accessed from any device with an internet browser such as your mobile phone, tablet or desktop computer. BEEP allows you to configure your inspection sheet and collaborate with others. The platform has the same features on all devices and the data is the same everywhere. Fundamentally a manual record keeping app, it will also be possible to use automatically measured data, such as the weight of a hive, using sensors with the app. And the BEEP app will be further enhanced and extended based on your feedback. For more information, see BEEP's history and the June 2019 newsletter.
- To modernise beekeeping practices:
- Beekeepers have more detailed and timely information on the status of the colonies they take care of contributing to data driven decision making
- Information exchange and collaboration between beekeepers
- Inspire and assist new beekeepers
- Contribute to the conservation of our nature by helping more bees to survive
- Systematically register data for scientific analysis
BEEP has been founded by beekeeper and engineer Marten Schoonman and product developer Pim van Gennip. Together they form the board of BEEP foundation, which is registered in The Netherlands as a mission-driven, not-for-profit organisation. The supervisory board members are Koos Biesmeijer (scientific director of Naturalis Biodiversity Center), Frens Pries (Lector bee health at Van Hall Larenstein) en Nadine Schalk (manager of the Dutch Beekeepers Association, NBV).
Want to contribute?
#Knowledge Are you an experienced beekeeper? Then your help is much appreciated to help improve the digital logbook features. You can start by sharing your ideas via email@example.com.
#Language Do you want to help translate the BEEP bee app? An easy-to-use language management module is available.
#Hardware Do you have experience with electronics, raspberry pi or arduino. Or perhaps data processing?
#Financial Do you want to help speed up the development of BEEP by sourcing funding?
Marten Schoonman: firstname.lastname@example.org