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Review of Citizen Science: Innovation in Open Science, Society and Policy

Susanne Hecker, Muki Haklay, Anne Bowser, Zen Makuch, Johannes Vogel & Aletta Bonn. (2018). Citizen Science: Innovation in Open Science, Society and Policy. University College London Press. Scientific progress is intertwined with the triad of the state, the scientist, and the citizen, all of which are emphasized in the field of citizen science. Taking a … Read more “Review of Citizen Science: Innovation in Open Science, Society and Policy”

Categories: Book Review, Citizen Science, Education

Webinar Recording Available for Citizen Science Day 2019: Add Real Scientific Research to Your Library Programming!

On Wednesday, February 20, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Southwest Region hosted the “Midday at the Oasis: Citizen Science Day 2019: Add Real Scientific Research to Your Library Programming!” webinar. A recording of the webcast and presentation slides are now available on the Midday at the Oasis page.  You can also view the recording directly … Read more “Webinar Recording Available for Citizen Science Day 2019: Add Real Scientific Research to Your Library Programming!”

Categories: Citizen Science Day, libraries

Take Pictures of Your (Six-Legged) Roommates for Science

Modern Americans spend nearly 90% of their lives indoors. Yet despite all that time inside, we know remarkably little about the life that shares our indoor spaces. This spring, a team at North Carolina State University hopes to change that by asking students to document the creatures they find in their dorms, homes, and apartments … Read more “Take Pictures of Your (Six-Legged) Roommates for Science”

Categories: Citizen Science, Ecology & Environment, Insects, Other, Project Profile, University

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Registration for “Storytelling in Citizen Science” Workshop at the Citizen Science Association Conference

No matter who you are in the citizen science world – project coordinator, student, citizen science enthusiast – you can benefit from sharpening your writing and communication skills. Participants will emerge from this workshop with the first draft of an article that they can publish on SciStarter’s Syndicated Blog Network. This network includes the SciStarter, … Read more “Registration for “Storytelling in Citizen Science” Workshop at the Citizen Science Association Conference”

Categories: Citizen Science Conference, Events, SciStarter News

Citizen Science Day 2019: Add Real Scientific Research to Your Library Programming!

From the NIH/ National Network of Libraries of Medicine Libraries are hubs for discovery and community engagement; imagine your library joining a real-time event with others around the world and contributing to real scientific research to speed up Alzheimer’s research! Citizen Science Day 2019 is Saturday, April 13. You and your library are invited to participate … Read more “Citizen Science Day 2019: Add Real Scientific Research to Your Library Programming!”

Categories: National Citizen Science Day, NNLM, Webinar, webinar

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New citizen science tools database to discover and access the right instruments

Citizen science (public participation in scientific research) often calls for tools you won’t find lying around the house, such as a rain gauge to record precipitation or an air quality sensor. Lack of access to these tools can be a barrier to engaging in citizen science projects. To address this, SciStarter is creating a relational … Read more “New citizen science tools database to discover and access the right instruments”

Categories: Citizen Science News, Tools

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Hoping for optimality or designing for inclusion: Persistence, learning, and the social network of citizen science

A new article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) analyzes the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST), a hands-on citizen science project, in the context of a meta-analysis of 54 other projects to “quantitatively explore” citizen science data. The article’s findings suggest that “hands-on citizen … Read more “Hoping for optimality or designing for inclusion: Persistence, learning, and the social network of citizen science”

Categories: Citizen Science, CitSci Research

What’s not to LOVE about Citizen Science?

Advance research about heart health, early childhood development, animal lifespans, and more. Then, mark your calendars! Citizen Science Day is April 13. Sign up to join the global Megathon and help us accelerate research on Alzheimer’s! Participate from home or join a team at a local library. Librarians: Check out the free Citizen Science Day webinars featured below. … Read more “What’s not to LOVE about Citizen Science?”

Categories: Featured Projects, Newsletter, Webinar, webinar, Workshops

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About SciStarter’s “Participant API,” used by 50+ citizen science projects (and counting)

I thought it would be helpful to provide a description of what SciStarter’s Participant API is and why a growing number of projects and platforms are implementing it and becoming SciStarter Affiliates in the process. A little background. SciStarter had been “merely” a database where project scientists would add their projects and citizen scientists would find … Read more “About SciStarter’s “Participant API,” used by 50+ citizen science projects (and counting)”

Categories: About Us, Citizen Science, Citizen Science News

Figure 4: Selected air quality sensors at the ADEQ reference monitor site in South Phoenix.

SciStarter, researchers, regulators, and community residents collaborate to test air quality sensors

In early 2018, Scistarter and Arizona State University began the process of collaborating with a local community, Boulder Ridge, to measure the quality of its air. Boulder Ridge is a 55 and older retirement community in Phoenix. Over the past three years, Boulder Ridge residents began to notice increased blasting, crushing, and trucking out of … Read more “SciStarter, researchers, regulators, and community residents collaborate to test air quality sensors”

Categories: Citizen Science, Tools