Wilson Center’s Science & Technology Innovation Program

Nutrient Sensor Challenge Opens

In Citizen Science, Governance, News and Events on December 18, 2014 at 5:30 pm

The Alliance for Coastal Technologies and a coalition of the following organizations:

Office of Science and Technology Policy, US Department of Agriculture, US Environmental Protection Agency, US Geological Survey, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Institute of Science and Technology, Everglades Foundation, Partnership on Technology Innovation & Environment, Tulane University, US Integrated Ocean Observing System

Presents the Nutrient Sensor Challenge:

nutientFind out more! — http://www.act-us.info/nutrients-challenge/About.php

Tracking a Changing Climate Workshop Summary

In Citizen Science, Commons Lab, Crowdsourcing, Governance, Guest Blogger, News and Events on December 15, 2014 at 3:40 pm

How can Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing play a role in tracking our changing climate?  The Commons Lab collaborated with US Global Climate Research Program and the Federal Community of Practice for Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science to find out how a system like this could work.  The vision for the sustained National Climate Assessment involves identifying a set of indicators – or physical, ecological, and societal variables – that track climate changes, impacts and responses.  We held a public roundtable (November 18th) and an invitation-only workshop (November 19th) to explore the following questions:

  • Which indicators could benefit from the incorporation of citizen science—10 years from now, five years from now, and today?
  • What existing citizen science projects can be leveraged? Are there opportunities for new uses of citizen science?
  • How can citizen science and indicators be used together to help a range of audiences better understand climate change?

A graphic recording of the roundtable discussions. (Credit: Emily Cloyd)

Reports From the Field: European Citizen Science Association

In Citizen Science, Commons Lab, Governance, News and Events on December 10, 2014 at 2:26 pm

Berlin, Germany


Photo Credit: Hwa Ja Goetz / Museum für Naturkunde Berlin

Last week in Berlin marked the third official convening of the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) hosted by the Museum für Naturkunde. Project managers, academics, policy makers and technologists met to discuss the state of the field in the EU, funding opportunities, governance issues and share projects. The vision for the ECSA is to advance and promote a Europe where citizens are valued and empowered to take a key part in the growth of knowledge and sustainability.

The group defined challenges like respecting cultural differences, maintaining volunteer interest, avoiding redundancy, closing the gap between projects and policy and the appropriate use of technology.  Opportunities were highlighted in the overwhelming interest in creating and maintaining ECSA, strong core organizations and a wide diversity of citizen science topics. Questions left to be addressed were how to:

  • Accelerate current progress
  • Support national citizen science communities across Europe
  • Provide tools and solutions but also guidance
  • Close the gap between north-south participation in political engagement and attitude


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