Easy to Export, Accessible forever

Eyesonhives measures bee flight activity in front of the hive. This bee activity data backed up and accessible from anywhere via the Eyesonhives Platform. Researchers can export their own data out of the Eyesonhives platform for further analysis, and license Citizen Science datasets.

By default the Eyesonhives platform is open for the purpose of creating a Citizen Science dataset of bee activity. If you have special needs to keep your bee data private, ask us what you need us to accommodate.

Eyesonhives Data Introduction

The standard data export from the Eyesonhives platform is in the form of a comma separated value file (.csv), which may be opened using any standard spreadsheet software for further analysis.  

Ambient environmental data is recorded by the Eyesonhives platform by accessing the Yahoo Weather API, geolocated with the hive’s address.  A ‘WOEID’ (Where On Earth ID) representing the geolocation is used to query the API. The WOEID may be set and changed within the Hive page on the Eyesonhives platform.  

The weather API sends the data from the closest weather station, which is typically not the micro climate right at the hive.  To register a new weather station, contact the Eyesonhives team for support.

Eyesonhives Data Glossary

The following table outlines the data elements:

Column HeaderData FormatDescription
YYYY-MM-DD hh:mm:ss ZZZISO Standard format for date time, by default in UTC Timezone.
countfloatThe number of flying bees per second detected* by the Eyesonhives device
temperatureintTemperature in degrees fahrenheit
weather_conditionsstringWeather description
humidityintRelative humidity (%)
pressureintPressure in millibar (mbar)
wind_chillintPerceived temperature in degrees fahrenheit based on cooling effect of wind.
wind_directionintWind direction in degrees 360 from North=0
wind_speedintWind speed in miles per hour (mph)

Bee Activity Sensitivity

Sensitivity depends on hive color and contrast between bees and hive background, distance from camera to hive entrance, and will degrade under conditions with fast moving sharp shadows, sunlight projecting sharp bee shadows onto hives etc.  

For comparison between hives, configuration and orientation should be similar.