Wilson Center’s Science & Technology Innovation Program

USGS, NPS and FWS Partner for “Catch, Click and Submit Contest”

In Citizen Science, Foresight, News and Events on February 19, 2015 at 2:35 pm

The inaugural Catch, Click and Submit Contest begins on Feb 21st in honor of the National Invasive Species Awareness Week running Feb 22nd through the 28th. The contest, which calls on anglers to photograph and report non-native fish species caught during the derby, will award prizes to various categories such as “Most Unusual Catch” and “Most Species”.  Submissions from the contest will aid researchers in developing a better understanding of the distribution of fish species throughout Florida waterways.


Photo Credit: Vance Crain, Flickr

By engaging the existing angler community, the contest hopes to increase public awareness of the potential impacts that arise from non-native fish species. “The Catch, Click and Submit Contest offers anglers the opportunity to assist natural resource managers in finding nonnative species by doing what they enjoy – fishing!” said biologist Kelly Gestring. “The early detection of a new, nonnative species could provide a better opportunity to control or even eradicate a population.” The hope is that participants will choose to target non-native fish for consumption in the future, helping to control invasive populations.

The contest will be run in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and other local agencies.  The goal is to establish an annual event to create a continued monitoring program using the support of anglers as citizen scientist.

New Reports on Citizen Science from the European and Intellectual Property Perspectives

In Citizen Science, Commons Lab, Governance, News and Events on February 9, 2015 at 1:38 pm


The Commons Lab at the Wilson Center is releasing two new reports today that address different challenges facing citizen science: One examining the policy implications of a range of successful citizen science projects in Europe, and the other exploring potential legal issues surrounding intellectual property (IP). Hard copies of these reports will be available at the inaugural conference of the Citizen Science Association, which begins Feb. 11, 2015 at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, CA.

The first report, Citizen Science and Policy: A European Perspective, written by Dr. Muki Haklay of University College London, examines European citizen science projects to understand how they support or influence public policy (and how policy can support or constrain citizen science). The report includes suggestions for how projects can be better structured to support decision making and meet policy goals—for example, through strategic partnerships and by developing guidelines to facilitate the use of citizen science data. The report can be downloaded here: http://wilsoncenter.org/publication/citizen-science-and-policy-european-perspective

The second report, Typology of Citizen Science Projects from an Intellectual Property Perspective: Invention and Authorship between Researchers and Participants, written by Dr. Teresa Scassa and doctoral candidate Haewon Chung of the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, analyzes various types of citizen science activities to determine whether they raise legal questions about IP ownership. The report includes a typology comparing the IP implications of different types of citizen science projects, from transcribing or gathering data to assisting with problem solving. The report can be downloaded here:

Curated List of Talks/Posters at the Citizen Science Association (Feb 11-12)

In Citizen Science, Governance, News and Events on February 3, 2015 at 5:17 pm

When the inaugural conference of the Citizen Science Association (CSA) gets underway next week in San Jose projects and ideas from every end of the spectrum, across many disciplines and encompassing a variety of experiences will be presented, shared and discussed. Citizen Science 2015 isn’t just a forum for collecting ideas on topics ranging from the biological sciences to cyber technologies; it’s an opportunity to make connections, share insights and move the entire field forward.

At the Commons Lab we are excited to see the development and deployment of new technologies, how their benefits can be maximized and the process through which the potential ethical, legal, and social impacts are anticipated, properly understood, and effectively managed. We combed the agenda for some of the topics specifically focusing on technological foresight and governance.

What to see on Day 1

  • 9:55-11:15am Session 1G 230C

Talks: Tackling Grand Challenges and Everyday Problems with Citizen Science

DIGITIZING LANDSCAPES: SENSORS, SATELLITES, & YOU! Julia Kumari Drapkin, iSeeChange; and Lily Bui, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • 11:50am-1:10pm Session 2D Lower Level 220D

Panel: Tackling Grand Challenges and Everyday Problems with Citizen Science

THE CROWD & THE CLOUD—USING BROADCAST AND SOCIAL MEDIA TO ADVANCE AND SUPPORT CITIZEN SCIENCE Geoff Haines-Stiles (Session Chair), PI, THE CROWD & THE CLOUD; Waleed Abdalati, CIRES, University of Colorado Boulder, and Host, CROWD & CLOUD; Erna Akuginow, Passport to Knowledge/GHSPi; Darlene Cavalier, SciStarter, Science Cheerleader, Arizona State University, Discover Magazine; Rajul Pandya, Thriving Earth Exchange, American Geophysical Union (AGU); Alexis de Belloy, Skoll Global Threats Fund


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