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XFR Collective
"XFR Collective is a non-profit organization that partners with artists, activists, individuals, and groups to lower the barriers to preserving at-risk audiovisual media – especially unseen, unheard, or marginalized works – by providing low-cost digitization services and fostering a community of support for archiving and access through education, research, and cultural engagement."
archives  citizen  volunteer  amateur  diversity  minorities  media  digital 
february 2017 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
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
Virginia Master Naturalist Program Home
"Virginia Master Naturalists are volunteer educators, citizen scientists, and stewards helping Virginia conserve and manage natural resources and public lands. The process for becoming a certified Virginia Master Naturalist typically takes 6 to 12 months. One starts by completing a 40-hour basic training course offered by a local chapter of the program. An additional 8 hours of advanced training are also required. An important part of the certification process is the required 40 hours of volunteer service."
nature  environment  volunteer  organization  citizen-science  expertise  certification 
march 2014 by tsuomela
Nature Abounds Home
"Nature Abounds™, a national 501c3 non-profit organization, brings people together for a healthy planet.  Nature Abounds™ serves as a center where people can connect with like-minded people interested in protecting the environment and in taking action for a healthier planet. To do so, we:"
nature  environment  volunteer  organization  citizen-science 
march 2014 by tsuomela
Law and Contemporary Problems | Vol 62 | No. 4
"Volume 62, Number 4 (Autumn 1999) Amateurs in Public Service: Volunteering, Service-Learning, and Community Service"
amateur  volunteer  participation  law  effects  psychology  sociology 
february 2014 by tsuomela
Participation in Voluntary Organizations and Group Size
"Participation in collective action is hard to understand as rational behavior unless strong intrinsic benefits or selective social or economic incentives are assumed. This article describes the Status Competition Model for organizations in which members are motivated to participate for selective social rewards like the status attained from an annual “Medal of Honor.” Status is awarded on the basis of relative voluntary contributions. Using this model, the set of active members and its relation with the size of membership is studied. The number of volunteers is characterized in terms of the individual costs and benefits of participation. It is deduced that active members are necessarily very homogeneous with respect to a one-dimensional parameter of their costs and benefits. Hence the number of active members will be small if members differ nontrivially in their costs and benefits. Under some additional assumptions, it is argued that in similar kinds of organizations, the number of active members is proportional to the square root of the number of members."
volunteer  participation  data  groups  size  status  social-status  research 
february 2014 by tsuomela
Scientists Need Your Eyes and Ears | Science Features
"In an ever-changing environment, it would be ideal if the U.S Geological Survey had a presence in every corner of the nation. While we may not be able to cover every inch of the landscape, we can greatly enhance our scope with your help."
citizen-science  science  government  volunteer 
july 2013 by tsuomela
PLOS ONE: Verification in Referral-Based Crowdsourcing
"Online social networks offer unprecedented potential for rallying a large number of people to accomplish a given task. Here we focus on information gathering tasks where rare information is sought through “referral-based crowdsourcing”: the information request is propagated recursively through invitations among members of a social network. Whereas previous work analyzed incentives for the referral process in a setting with only correct reports, misreporting is known to be both pervasive in crowdsourcing applications, and difficult/costly to filter out. A motivating example for our work is the DARPA Red Balloon Challenge where the level of misreporting was very high. In order to undertake a formal study of verification, we introduce a model where agents can exert costly effort to perform verification and false reports can be penalized. This is the first model of verification and it provides many directions for future research, which we point out. Our main theoretical result is the compensation scheme that minimizes the cost of retrieving the correct answer. Notably, this optimal compensation scheme coincides with the winning strategy of the Red Balloon Challenge."
crowdsourcing  incentives  incentive-centered-design  recruitment  volunteer  citizen-science  accuracy  verification  reliability 
october 2012 by tsuomela
Volunteering // Science of Generosity // University of Notre Dame
"The following is an excerpt from “More about Generosity: An Addendum to the Generosity, Social Psychology and Philanthropy Literature Reviews,” (University of Notre Dame, July 7, 2009)."
volunteer  generosity  community  reference  bibliography 
august 2012 by tsuomela
Michael Frank Goodchild
"Michael F. Goodchild is Professor of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Director of UCSB’s Center for Spatial Studies. He received his B.A. degree from Cambridge University in Physics in 1965 and his Ph.D. in geography from McMaster University in 1969, and has received four honorary doctorates."
people  geography  academia  school(UCSB)  volunteer  vgi 
october 2011 by tsuomela
Prof. Naomi Ellemers, PhD - Staff - Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
"Naomi Ellemers studied at the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, where she obtained her first degree in Social Psychology in 1987. She obtained her PhD from the same university in 1991, on a thesis entitled "Identity management strategies". From 1991 to 1998 she was employed as Assistant Professor and Associate Professor of Psychology at the Free University of Amsterdam. As of 1999 she has been Full Professor of Social and Organizational Psychology at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. Her research on group processes and intergroup relations addresses a range of topics including the effects of status differences between groups, diversity in teams and organizations, career development of women and minorities, and motivation and commitment in work teams."
people  academia  communication  volunteer  socialization  organizations  non-profit  social-psychology  country(Germany) 
july 2011 by tsuomela
Toward a Communication Model for the Socialization of Voluntary Members - Communication Monographs
"Because most socialization/assimilation research focuses on employment as the primary membership role in groups and organizations, the accompanying models have failed to consider the unique characteristics of voluntary membership. In addition, those models have been criticized for being too linear and based on concepts of organizations as containers. Using principles of the bona fide group perspective and a case study, this paper develops a model that emphasizes the unique characteristics of the socialization of voluntary members. The multilevel model also examines how membership in various other groups, such as work and family, influence and interact with individuals' voluntary memberships. With a focus on communication, the model emphasizes the fluid process of voluntary associations in organizations with ambiguous boundaries. "
communication  volunteer  amateur  group  membership  socialization  organization 
may 2011 by tsuomela
idealist.org - Welcome to Idealist.org - Imagine. Connect. Act.
Idealist is a project of Action Without Borders, a nonprofit organization founded in 1995 with offices in the United States and Argentina. Idealist is an interactive site where people and organizations can exchange resources and ideas, locate opportunities and supporters, and take steps toward building a world where all people can lead free and dignified lives.
non-profit  jobs  activism  community  volunteer  career  organizations  sustainability  collaboration  forums 
march 2010 by tsuomela
CoCoRaHS - Community Collaborative Rain, Hail
CoCoRaHS is an acronym for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network. CoCoRaHS is a unique, non-profit, community-based network of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds working together to measure and map precipitation (rain, hail and snow). By using low-cost measurement tools, stressing training and education, and utilizing an interactive Web-site, our aim is to provide the highest quality data for natural resource, education and research applications.
science  meteorology  weather  community  co-science  collaboration  crowdsourcing  distributed  climate  volunteer  precipitation  collection  data  water  snow  citizen-science 
february 2009 by tsuomela

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