PHOTO GALLERY: HP Earth Insights Gives Rise to the Animal “Selfie”

Feb 5, 2014 1:45 PM ET


Syllabification: sel•fie
Pronunciation: /ˈselfē

“A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically taken with a smartphone or webcam.”

Admit it.  Whether you decided to press publish or not, you’ve at least taken a selfie. In fact, so many selfies were captured last year – from President Obama to the Pope and even a selfie from space – that Oxford Dictionaries made “selfie” its 2013 Word of the Year.

Selfies are now so prevalent that these self-portraits are even making their way into the animal kingdom. As part of our HP Earth Insights collaboration with Conservation International, we have processed more than 1.4 million wildlife photos — many of them selfies. Every time an animal trips one of the Tropical Ecology and Assessment Monitoring (TEAM) Network’s1,000 camera traps, a photo is uploaded to the Wildlife Picture Index (WPI)– a data visualization tool that helps track species growth and decline across 16 tropical forests around the world.

Let’s just say, we have plenty of data since these animals are comfortable in front of the camera. We’ve compiled our favorite, picture-perfect animal selfies for you here.

We are using end-to-end HP solutions – from the HP Enterprise Services team who built the WPI to the ElitePads being used to capture data on location. We’re also using advanced Cloud solutions to meet the project’s growing data needs and HP ProLiant servers to power the big data systems in the backend.  HP Earth Insights is an important partnership for us because it underscores HP’s larger commitment to Living Progress – using our talents and technology to solve society’s toughest challenges, including biodiversity.