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Why choose Scratchpads? | Scratchpads

Why choose Scratchpads? | Scratchpads | Ask not what the citizens can do for science but what science can do for citizens | Scoop.it

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What do you know - Scratchpads are there to create online websites with databases and maps for your #citizenscience project. Exciting!

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Enhancing Informal Learning Through Citizen Science

Enhancing Informal Learning Through Citizen Science | Ask not what the citizens can do for science but what science can do for citizens | Scoop.it
The British Science Association is working with partners from the UK and America to address the question of what people learn from taking part in Citizen Science projects.
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Hey - BSA is getting its teeth into informal learning to be gained via participation in citizen science projects. It looks like the focus is at learning within family groups. It will extend the methodologies and instruments reviewed by the Cornell Ornithology Lab for evaluation of citizen science learning outcomes, look at how things are learned (not just what) and develop a theory of learning via citizen science participation based on intergenerational and experiential learning theories. Looks fresh and new and ambicious. Lots of partners and 5 year timeline.

Not much focus on how much learning can happen the other way - from families to the scientists then.

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CSCS Network – Seminar 1 Science and the citizen worker: the Zooniverse – LiveBlog

CSCS Network – Seminar 1 Science and the citizen worker: the Zooniverse – LiveBlog | Ask not what the citizens can do for science but what science can do for citizens | Scoop.it
This morning I am at the first seminar arranged by the University of Edinburgh Citizen Science and Crowdsourced Data and Evidence Network. The Network brings together those interested in citizen science and crowdsourcing from across the organisation and this event is also supported by the Academic Networking Fund, IAD. Today’s seminar looks at the Zooniverse crowdsourcing organisation and suite …
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A Citizen Science and Crowdsourced Data and Evidence Network. yay! @Nicola Osborne live blog notes on their first meeting!

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Public Lab: a DIY environmental science community

Public Lab: a DIY environmental science community | Ask not what the citizens can do for science but what science can do for citizens | Scoop.it
Public Lab is an open community which collaboratively develops accessible, open source, Do-It-Yourself technologies for investigating local environmental health and justice issues.
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Found via a recent LSE blog about CS challenging orthodox science hegemony by Dan McQuillan it seems like a great CS DIY initiative, building instrumentation/sensors for people to use in their on the ground projects (vs just their eyes or mobile tech). US based.

blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2015/01/15/bottom-up-citizen-science-projects-challenge-authority/

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Citizen Science 2015

Citizen Science 2015 | Ask not what the citizens can do for science but what science can do for citizens | Scoop.it
February 11th-12th, San Jose, California, USA Citizen Science 2015 is the inaugural conference of the Citizen Science Association (CSA). It will be held at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jos...
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Citizen Science Association (US) is having their first conference as a tuck onto AAAS in January 2015. No mention of livestreaming so probs will miss it! New journal Citizen Science: Theory and Practice is also coming out this year tho:)

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Citizen scientists produce real results

Citizen scientists produce real results | Ask not what the citizens can do for science but what science can do for citizens | Scoop.it
Professional scientists all over the world are working with non-professionals to collect and analyse scientific data.
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An Australian Broadcasting Corporation "Science Show" on CS. Covers CS session of the AAS meeting and some Australian CS projects (includes an extensive link list on the page).

Some great contrasts in the way CS is seen by the peeps involved in running CS - from citizens=machines through citizens=learners, to citizens=real researchers publishing papers.

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Citizen Science Network Australia

Citizen Science Network Australia | Ask not what the citizens can do for science but what science can do for citizens | Scoop.it

 and the us http://citizenscienceassociation.org/

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It seems that it is all happening synchronously across the world. Just recently I have read about something similar being set up in Europe and the us http://citizenscienceassociation.org/. A nice touch that these peeps are actively reaching out to folk with survey trying to find out what peeps need and want

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Citizen social science deepens the human and relational aspects of the social scientific method.

Citizen social science deepens the human and relational aspects of the social scientific method. | Ask not what the citizens can do for science but what science can do for citizens | Scoop.it
Citizen social science calls on experts and the public to re-evaluate their roles in addressing social problems. Erinma Ochu, a social neuroscientist, elucidates the opportunities on offer when exp...
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Love this post. It tells the story of coming to understand what true participatory citizen science can be about based on Erinma Ochu's experience of involvement with Parkinson's patient group. The way that a true dialogue with non-experts can make the expert/researcher understand the everyday of their research 'subject'. It refers to citizen social science but surely the researcher attitude is applicable more broadly within citizen science projects:)

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About BowerBird - BowerBird

About BowerBird - BowerBird | Ask not what the citizens can do for science but what science can do for citizens | Scoop.it
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Gotta love the tag line: "New information does not become science until it is made social." E.O. Wilson.

 

This is what I am talking about - creating social spaces for all equally - citizen scientists, scientists, government projects...All building and sharing the knowledge together around biodiversity projects.

 

Associated with ALA (Atlas of Living Australia - similar to NBN or National Biodiversity Network in the UK) - which I thought was a bit dry and one way. They obviously had the very same idea!

 

Mind you it does resemble iSpot at the first sight - though no inspiration acknowledged as far as I can see from about page.

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SciStarter

SciStarter | Ask not what the citizens can do for science but what science can do for citizens | Scoop.it

disSciStarter connects science enthusiasts with projects they can do to make a real difference.

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A portal which provides entry point for citizen scientists in search of a projects. Great way to capitalise on increase in traffic/increase your recruitment as a scientist running CS (reduces the overheads and thus maximises cost effectiveness of data gathering which is one of the major motivations behind CS take up by scientists). Clear descriptions for the citizens to pick and chose. Beyond the choice of the project citizen can also discuss the project on this aggregator website - I wonder if this ever makes it to the project team?

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Introducing HTC Power To Give. Be a part of the future. - YouTube

Introducing HTC Power To Give. By downloading HTC Power To Give and selecting projects that matter to you, your phone will become part of a global network th...
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Never mind your computer, you can now use your phone to contribute spare computing power to big data crunching science projects! Minimal engagement through crowdsourcing but at least your choice of the project provides some feedback on your preferences via 'consumer choice' route.

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Citizen Science Association

Citizen Science Association | Ask not what the citizens can do for science but what science can do for citizens | Scoop.it
A community of practice for the field of public participation in scientific research.
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An incipient citizen science meta-organisation (founded 2013) based in the US, inspired by the 2012 PPSR Conference facilitated by Ecological Society of America (http://www.citizenscience.org/community/conference2012/). They are planning a journal which will publish peer-reviewed lit on theory and practice of CS.

See also the European Citizen Science Association - seemingly at the same stage of development http://ecsa.biodiv.naturkundemuseum-berlin.de/about

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About Us | iWitness Pollution Map

About Us | iWitness Pollution Map | Ask not what the citizens can do for science but what science can do for citizens | Scoop.it
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An example of a US-based grassroots activist project using an online crowdsourcing platform Ushahidi "to map eyewitness accounts of chemical accidents. Ushahidi was first used and developed by Kenyan bloggers to display reports of post-election violence."

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Eco Talk: Christine Tansey - Track A Tree - YouTube

This week on Eco Talk we meet Christine Tansey, who as part of her PhD has set-up a Citizen Ecology project, Track A Tree. Track A Tree which explores woodla...
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Awww - so great to see my own private scientist in the citizen science project I am participating in! Go Christine! Go #TrackATree!

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Wyoming Just Criminalized Citizen Science and Sharing Photos of Yellowstone

Wyoming Just Criminalized Citizen Science and Sharing Photos of Yellowstone | Ask not what the citizens can do for science but what science can do for citizens | Scoop.it
Imagine visiting Yellowstone this summer. You wake up before dawn to take a picture of the sunrise over the mists emanating from Yellowstone hot springs. A thunderhead towers above the rising sun, and the picture turns out beautifully. You submit the photo to a contest sponsored by the National Weather...
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How much power can the citizens really have? When even the most democratic of countries is trying to gag their voices? Worring trends against environmental activism are also seen in Canada and Australia where states and federal governments are increasingly clamping down on volunteer organisations who critique bad environmental policies. And the UK? You have the threats that charities providing food banks will be affected if they keep criticising government's austerity policy...Democracy at its best, eh?

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nQuire It

nQuire It | Ask not what the citizens can do for science but what science can do for citizens | Scoop.it

"Our aim is to help you explore your world by joining and creating scientific missions. You can select any of these missions and start creating your own Win-it, Sense-it or Spot-it mission. Then Quire-it software is open source and anyone can join or create missions for free. You can invite other people to join your missions by using your Facebook, Twitter or Google accounts. The most successful missions will get the chance to win prizes such as money rewards, vouchers or even to have your observation made on the PIRATE telescope in Mallorca!

The nQuire-it platform has been designed as part of the project nQuire: Young Citizen Inquiry a research and development project funded by Nominet Trust and coordinated by The Open University in collaboration with the Sheffield UTC.

For more details on the nQuire-it project, please contact Professor Mike Sharples, The Open University, at mike.sharples@open.ac.uk.

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Another little gem found via an elearning talk at OU yesterday (Mike Sharples). The project provides a portal where citizen scientists can set up their data collection missions. Developed by OU based on their experience with the fabulous iSpot and work with tech supported enquiry-based learning at schools. They also include apps - Sense-it unlocks your phone to be used as a mobile sensor.

They call it "citizen enquiry" but was more aimed at young people as a bridge between formal and informal learning.

Brings to mind the US-based initiatives - CitSci.org and Public Lab.

Source: http://www.open.edu/openlearn/whats-on/events/the-future-technology-education-what-needs-change-2015

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CitSci.org - Home

CitSci.org - Home | Ask not what the citizens can do for science but what science can do for citizens | Scoop.it
CitSci.org website
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Portal based in the US aimed at scaffolding citizens in development of their own projects scientifically using the online tools/templates provided. Over 100 projects featured on the website already. (cf zooniverse which is doing similar but scientist-centred)

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Trans-NIH Workshop to Explore the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Citizen Science

Trans-NIH Workshop to Explore the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Citizen Science | Ask not what the citizens can do for science but what science can do for citizens | Scoop.it
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Great little meeting with full video archive from January 2015. Very much focused on biomed although definition quite broad, i.e. includes plain genomics as well as disease focused research e.g. patients like me. Apparently health sciences have just started getting together on SC in 2014 (at least in the US via NIH-focused platform).

 

At least from session 1 there seems to be a very online bias but the participants are very diverse.

 

As the name suggests it is all about ethics/legal stuff (ELSI) and much of the discussion is about the power distribution within the projects: scientists vs citizens, so relevant to my project topic.

 

Here is the video archive: http://www.genome.gov/27559982

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About ClimateWatch | ClimateWatch

About ClimateWatch | ClimateWatch | Ask not what the citizens can do for science but what science can do for citizens | Scoop.it
ClimateWatch
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Climatewatch is an Australian phenology citizen science project started in 2007. Set up by an oldie but a goodie Earthwatch Institute which is an international organisation getting volunteers to pay for their citizen science experience in exotic locations since 1971, Bureau of Meteorology and University of Melbourne. Prompted by the lack of observations on climate change effects in Australia and the only continental phenology project in the Southern hemisphere.  I like how they highlight that we all have a responsibility to take care of the environment = motivation to get involved (not some flimsy fun for all;). Love their crowdsourced recording trail idea - anybody can design one and share it via the climatewatch website. Recently also plugging into the atlas of living australia (validated data only) with future plans of being able to map your own observations. Intro vids here https://www.youtube.com/watch?

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What climate change has done to Walden's woods - environment - 15 April 2014 - New Scientist

What climate change has done to Walden's woods - environment - 15 April 2014 - New Scientist | Ask not what the citizens can do for science but what science can do for citizens | Scoop.it
A hymn to citizen science, Walden Warming by Richard Primack seeks the reality of climate change in the effects that ordinary people have recorded
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Yet another call on citizen scientists to get involved in monitoring phenology and how it's affected by climate change. This time with a grand ambition of providing the public with 'evidence of warming that would be so "up close and personal" that people could not remain unconcerned by change that is too slow for most of us to feel.' A nice link for the American audience in particular - drawing on evidence from the Walden Wood, made famous by the environmental pioneer Thoreau.

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Citizen Science - Scientific American

Citizen Science - Scientific American | Ask not what the citizens can do for science but what science can do for citizens | Scoop.it
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Scientific American features a stream of CS projects - nice PR if you can get it! My fave from the list is the Kinsey reporter http://www.scientificamerican.com/citizen-science/kinsey-reporter/ - report sexual and other intimate behaviour using a mobile phone app....hopefully does not require spying on the neighbours;)

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Barefoot College | home

Barefoot College | home | Ask not what the citizens can do for science but what science can do for citizens | Scoop.it
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Not quite citizen science but a truly inspiring example of how to empower the 'deprived' and the 'underpriviliged' - treat them as experts in their own right, do not equate literacy with knowledge, develop innovative and flexible ideas on how people can learn (solar engineer illiterate grandmothers with no language in common! woah!), identify key members of a network, often women, who have the power and connections to influence adoption of new technology and change...etc etc. I think every scientist and every citizen should listen to this guy talk before embarking on any engagement, empowerment, education activity at the interface of science and society! Came across this via the excellent Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio National Big Ideas podcast on Education for the Future: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/bigideas/education-for-the-future/5228510 (Bunker Roy speaks very entertainingly 1:45 to 14:40 min)

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Coastal Walkabout | Smart data collection for the engaged coastal denizen

Coastal Walkabout | Smart data collection for the engaged coastal denizen | Ask not what the citizens can do for science but what science can do for citizens | Scoop.it
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An example of another citizen-as-an-environmental-sensor project via a mobile phone app - this time monitoring cetacean numbers along WA coastline in Australia. Developed in association with The Duke University, US. This coming more from the geosciences angle. More on the blog: http://nicholas.duke.edu/news/smartphones-powerful-tools-science-education-and-citizen-science and 2013 paper, "Smartphones: powerful tools for the geoscience education": http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2013EO470001/pdf 

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Home | Cobweb

Home | Cobweb | Ask not what the citizens can do for science but what science can do for citizens | Scoop.it
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An example of a global biodiversity/conservation project using citizen scientists for remote sensing via their mobile devices. Aims to engage citizens living within Biosphere reserves to gather data. Is this exploitation of CS as simple extensions of the data collection machines or true engagement?

enable citizens living within Biosphere Reserves to collect environmental data using mobile devices - See more at: http://cobwebproject.eu/#sthash.weNrc3Co.dpufenable citizens living within Biosphere Reserves to collect environmental data using mobile devices - See more at: http://cobwebproject.eu/#sthash.weNrc3Co.dpufenable citizens living within Biosphere Reserves to collect environmental data using mobile devices - See more at: http://cobwebproject.eu/#sthash.weNrc3Co.dpufenable citizens living within Biosphere Reserves to collect environmental data using mobile devices - See more at: http://cobwebproject.eu/#sthash.weNrc3Co.dpuf
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USA National Phenology Network | USA National Phenology Network

USA National Phenology Network | USA National Phenology Network | Ask not what the citizens can do for science but what science can do for citizens | Scoop.it
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A classic national level, long-term phenology project relying on volunteers. Great website and tools - including Nature Notebook for recording observations.

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