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Living Knowledge
"The Living Knowledge Network is composed of persons active in -or supportive of- Science Shops and Community Based Research. Living Knowledge aims to foster public engagement with, and participation in, all levels of the research and innovation process. "
science  public-understanding  outreach  engagement  education  citizen-science 
january 2017 by tsuomela
Safecast
"Safecast is a global volunter-centered citizen science project working to empower people with data about their environments. We believe that having more freely available open data is better for everyone. Everything we do is aimed at putting data and data collection know-how in the hands of people worldwide."
citizen-science  environment  open-data 
november 2016 by tsuomela
Assessing data quality in citizen science - preprint | bioRxiv
"Ecological and environmental citizen science projects have enormous potential to advance science, influence policy, and guide resource management by producing datasets that are otherwise infeasible to generate. This potential can only be realized, though, if the datasets are of high quality. While scientists are often skeptical of the ability of unpaid volunteers to produce accurate datasets, a growing body of publications clearly shows that diverse types of citizen science projects can produce data with accuracy equal to or surpassing that of professionals. Successful projects rely on a suite of methods to boost data accuracy and account for bias, including iterative project development, volunteer training and testing, expert validation, replication across volunteers, and statistical modeling of systematic error. Each citizen science dataset should therefore be judged individually, according to project design and application, rather than assumed to be substandard simply because volunteers generated it."
citizen-science  data  quality  preprint 
september 2016 by tsuomela
wq: an open source framework for citizen science, VGI, and crowdsourcing
"wq is a modular, open source framework for building custom offline-capable mobile-friendly web apps for citizen science, crowdsourcing, and volunteered geographic information. wq has a permissive license and extends a number of existing open source web frameworks, including Django, jQuery Mobile, and RequireJS."
programming  citizen-science  mobile  software  open-source  gis 
may 2016 by tsuomela
Philip Silva
"Philip Silva is an environmental planner, advocate, and educator pursuing a Ph.D. in natural resources at Cornell University. Philip is the co-founder of TreeKIT, an initiative helping city dwellers measure, map, and collaboratively manage urban forests. He also works with Farming Concrete on efforts to help community gardeners throughout the world measure all the good things happening in their gardens. He is a regular contributor to The Nature of Cities, a website publishing original content on cities as ecological spaces."
people  research  citizen-science 
december 2015 by tsuomela
Bluebird Man | One man's remarkable role in the successful recovery of bluebirds.
"Bluebird Man is a half hour documentary film about bluebird conservation and citizen science.  The film focuses on the efforts of 91-year-old Alfred Larson, who has been monitoring and maintaining over 300 nestboxes for bluebirds in Idaho for 35 years."
citizen-science  documentary  film  ornithology 
october 2015 by tsuomela
Citizen Science: Theory and Practice
"Citizen Science: Theory and Practice is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal published by Ubiquity Press on behalf of the Citizen Science Association. It focuses on advancing the field of citizen science by providing a venue for citizen science researchers and practitioners - scientists, information technologists, conservation biologists, community health organizers, educators, evaluators, urban planners, and more - to share best practices in conceiving, developing, implementing, evaluating, and sustaining projects that facilitate public participation in scientific endeavors in any discipline."
journal  publisher  citizen-science 
march 2015 by tsuomela
[1303.6886] Galaxy Zoo: Motivations of Citizen Scientists
"Citizen science, in which volunteers work with professional scientists to conduct research, is expanding due to large online datasets. To plan projects, it is important to understand volunteers' motivations for participating. This paper analyzes results from an online survey of nearly 11,000 volunteers in Galaxy Zoo, an astronomy citizen science project. Results show that volunteers' primary motivation is a desire to contribute to scientific research. We encourage other citizen science projects to study the motivations of their volunteers, to see whether and how these results may be generalized to inform the field of citizen science."
citizen-science  motivation  psychology  volunteer 
february 2015 by tsuomela
Crowd Consortium
"Welcome to the newly formed Crowdsourcing Consortium for Libraries and Archives, whose aim is to examine how libraries, archives, and museums, can most effectively use crowdsourcing techniques to augment their collections and enhance their patrons’ experience."
crowdsourcing  cultural-heritage-institution  digital-humanities  citizen-science 
february 2015 by tsuomela
Crowd science user contribution patterns and their implications
"Scientific research performed with the involvement of the broader public (the crowd) attracts increasing attention from scientists and policy makers. A key premise is that project organizers may be able to draw on underused human resources to advance research at relatively low cost. Despite a growing number of examples, systematic research on the effort contributions volunteers are willing to make to crowd science projects is lacking. Analyzing data on seven different projects, we quantify the financial value volunteers can bring by comparing their unpaid contributions with counterfactual costs in traditional or online labor markets. The volume of total contributions is substantial, although some projects are much more successful in attracting effort than others. Moreover, contributions received by projects are very uneven across time—a tendency toward declining activity is interrupted by spikes typically resulting from outreach efforts or media attention. Analyzing user-level data, we find that most contributors participate only once and with little effort, leaving a relatively small share of users who return responsible for most of the work. Although top contributor status is earned primarily through higher levels of effort, top contributors also tend to work faster. This speed advantage develops over multiple sessions, suggesting that it reflects learning rather than inherent differences in skills. Our findings inform recent discussions about potential benefits from crowd science, suggest that involving the crowd may be more effective for some kinds of projects than others, provide guidance for project managers, and raise important questions for future research."
citizen-science  crowdsourcing  participation  success  public-understanding  metrics  measurement 
january 2015 by tsuomela
Human Computation Institute | Collective solutions to societal problems
"The Human Computation Institute is an independent, non-profit, innovation center, founded in 2014, where human computation specialists partner with mission-aligned benefactors, world-class domain experts, and on-the-ground implementers to engineer and deploy crowd-powered solutions to challenging societal problems."
human-computation  crowdsourcing  citizen-science  problem-solving  non-profit  research  consulting 
january 2015 by tsuomela
[1410.2895] Observing Ultra-High Energy Cosmic Rays with Smartphones
"We propose a novel approach for observing cosmic rays at ultra-high energy (>1018~eV) by repurposing the existing network of smartphones as a ground detector array. Extensive air showers generated by cosmic rays produce muons and high-energy photons, which can be detected by the CMOS sensors of smartphone cameras. The small size and low efficiency of each sensor is compensated by the large number of active phones. We show that if user adoption targets are met, such a network will have significant observing power at the highest energies."
citizen-science  astronomy  cell-phone 
october 2014 by tsuomela
SOCIAM | The Theory and Practice of Social Machines
"SOCIAM - Social Machines - will research into pioneering methods of supporting purposeful human interaction on the World Wide Web, of the kind exemplified by phenomena such as Wikipedia and Galaxy Zoo. These collaborations are empowering, as communities identify and solve their own problems, harnessing their commitment, local knowledge and embedded skills, without having to rely on remote experts or governments."
research  social  machine  crowdsourcing  citizen-science  human  computing 
august 2014 by tsuomela
The Perils of Aging: A Problem for Citizen Science?
"Errors creep into bird population surveys as volunteers get older, new study says."
data-curation  citizen-science  age  volunteer  accuracy  quality 
august 2014 by tsuomela
Alliance of Natural Resource Outreach and Service Programs (ANROSP)
"The Alliance of Natural Resource Outreach and Service Programs is a national network of natural resource education and service programs which provides leadership, information, and resources to support the establishment and expansion of its member programs."
natural  resources  professional-association  citizen-science 
may 2014 by tsuomela
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