Eye On Earth Alliance Calling Citizen Scientists

default_banner
Image Source: Eye on Earth Website

PRESS RELEASE, Abu Dhabi, 16 July 2015 – The Eye on Earth Summit 2015 launched its Data Innovation Showcase today, with two challenges calling on citizen scientists and designers to use open data for creative projects and captivating visualizations on the state of the global environment. An additional competition invites bloggers to write about how open data can enable a more sustainable future and healthier planet. The winners of each challenge will be given the opportunity to participate in the Eye on Earth Summit in Abu Dhabi, on 6-8 October.

The Data Innovation Showcase invites citizen scientists to submit project solutions that use open data to fight food waste, manage forest ecosystems or boost biodiversity in cities. The scope of the projects depends on the ingenuity of their developers and can include anything from a food donation platform matching excess with need, to a crowdsourced map using open data to do tree inventory. Three finalists of the Citizen Science Challenge will be given the opportunity to present their project to the delegates at the 2015 Eye on Earth Summit in Abu Dhabi, where a final winner will be selected.

The Data Visualization Challenge invites artists, designers, and creatives from across the globe to submit data visualizations that interpret the social and economic effects of poor air quality, oceanic warming and natural disasters. Applicants are invited to build images, data animations, infographics, 3D models, computer simulations, interactive maps and diagrams and other types of visualizations. One finalist will be selected to present their data visualization at the Summit.

The Blogging Competition invites writers and bloggers worldwide to help catalyze the #DataRevolution and address one of the most pressing environmental challenges of our time – how to enhance the availability of information and knowledge to enable a more sustainable future and healthier planet. Under the theme ‘A better world through knowledge and information’, entrants are being asked to submit an inspirational piece that looks at how data and information can make a difference to ordinary people’s lives. The winner will be named the “Official Eye on Earth Summit 2015 Blogger” and will be hosted at the Summit to report live on the event for a global audience.

The Commons Lab is excited to participate and will be entering the Blogging Competition. We hope to see fellow U.S. citizen science groups rise to the challenge(s)!

 

Science Hack Day DC Summary

IMG_2752
PoliConnect, the Policy Award winners. In 31 hours the team created a platform to facilitate connection between policy makers and experts advice.

 

We are happy to announce an incredibly successful first-ever DC Science Hack Day!

Quick Statistics:

  • Over 100 people attended
  • Around 15 hackers stayed through the night
  • 13 hacks were produced — details can be found on the wiki here: http://sciencehackday.pbworks.com/w/page/96114032/dchacks2015
  • Incredible gender, age and race diversity. Ages 10 – 80!
  • Government employees were highly represented — with lightning talks from EPA, NIH, State Department, NASA and participants from Department of Commerce, different branches of the military, OMB and NARA

Commons Labs favorite hacks (but they were all so incredible….):

  • LickitySplit — citizen science to the rescue! This team 3D printed the casing for a spectrometer to analyze your spit instantly and visualize the data.
  • If no one hears it — NASA scientists and arts team up to bring you an sound landscape of deforestation using freely available landsat data. Each tone represents a different type of deforestation.
  • PoliConnect — a platform to anonymously connect policy makers with policy experts. The Commons Lab has invited this team to come back to the Wilson Center to demo their hack to a policy audience! Test it out here: http://www.policonnect.org/

Worthy social media streams to check out:

In the coming weeks we will be putting out a publication highlighting each hack and why these types of open participation models are important to every field, not just to science and technology. Stay tuned.

IMG_2819
Our amazing judges for the event (L-R): Lakita Edwards, NEA; Steven Kostant, TidePool Media; Ariel Waldman, Founder Science Hack Day; Beth Beck, NASA; Greg Godbout, EPA

 

Event: DC Science Hack Day

http://sciencehackday.org/logo/

The Commons Lab is excited to announce Washington DC’s first ever Science Hack Day, to be held May 16th & 17th at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Science Hack Day a free, 48-hour event where civic minded and creative people come together to prototype innovative ideas using government data, problem sets, tools, design, and SCIENCE!  Science Hack Day has been 46 times in 17 different countries, but never before in Washington, DC. It is time for the brilliant and passionate people of this nation’s capital came together in the same physical space to see what they can prototype in 48 consecutive hours. Designers, developers, scientists and anyone who is excited about making things for and with science are welcome to attend – no experience in science or hacking is necessary, just an insatiable curiosity.

The mission of Science Hack Day is to get excited and make things with science! People organically form multidisciplinary teams over the course of a weekend: particle physicists team up with designers, marketers join forces with open source rocket scientists, writers collaborate with molecular biologists, and developers partner with school kids. By collaborating on focused tasks during this short period, small groups of hackers are capable of producing remarkable results.

If you would like to join DC’s Science Hack Day, or would like to know more about this exciting event, please visit the official website at: dc.sciencehackday.org

EVENT DETAILS

Sat May 16 9:00am – Sun May 17 4:00pm

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004

RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dc-science-hack-day-2015-registration-15898702447
Directions to the Wilson Center

This event was made possible through the generosity of our sponsors, including the Alfred P. Sloan foundation, and the collaborative power of the Kennedy Center. SHD was created by Ariel Waldman and is an “open source” event, to be replicated in any city!

White House Recognizes Citizen Science, CSA Commitments, at Science Fair

This post is re-blogged from the Citizen Science Association. The original post can be found here

Washington, D.C. ­­(March 23rd, 2015)– Citizen science received some high level attention today when plans were unveiled to install a new rain gauge in the First Lady’s Kitchen Garden.

This rain gauge represents far more than just a Pennsylvania Avenue data point for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow (CoCoRaHS), a citizen science network of over 20,000 active participants who serve as the largest source of daily precipitation data in the United States. Announced in conjunction with the White House Science Fair, this commitment points to high-level recognition of citizen science as a powerful platform for science education.

CoCoRaHS founder, Colorado State Climatologist Nolan Doesken, was on hand for the White House Science Fair. Doesken, also a member of the Citizen Science Association Board of Directors, says: “This fair clearly shows how the youth of our national are exploring the frontiers of science.  But people of all ages and backgrounds are also helping advance scientific research, education and discovery.  Today, opportunities abound for any of us to be “citizen scientists” — contributing through our own back yard and neighborhood observations or helping scientists analyze and interpret complex systems.  There are so many opportunities and they help make science very real and relevant.”

The Citizen Science Association (CSA) is leading the charge to support excellence in education through citizen science. As outlined in a document released today by the White House, CSA is creating resources to help citizen science projects excel at supporting education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

“Citizen science represents a transformative opportunity for both formal and informal science education,” says Sarah Kirn, from Gulf of Maine Research Institute and Co-Chair of CSA’s Education Working Group. “Through citizen science, educators have the opportunity to design experiences that immerse learners in the practices, concepts, and knowledge of science, but these experiences must be carefully constructed to achieve both scientific and learning outcomes.”

To this end, the CSA will work over the coming year to highlight projects representing exemplary practices in education through real-world research. CSA will also work withSciStarter to align 500 projects with standards for educational practices in science and engineering.

Some exemplary work is already receiving attention by the White House. In addition to CoCoRaHS, citizen science efforts highlighted in White House Science Fair exhibitions andannouncements include:

  • Work by 17-year old Tiye Garrett-Mills, a Teen Science Scholar at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, to develop low-cost instrumentation for leaf vein scanning and identification
  • Commitments by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to distribute Quest materials to help 4th graders and their families use eBird to connect to nature as part of President Obama’s Every Kid in a Park
  • An announcement of a new Citizen Science Tool lending library organized by SciStarter and Public Lab
  • The National Ecological Observatory Network’s “Project BudBurst” will offer a new online course to support citizen science at wildlife refuges
  • Esri will release a free open crowdsourcing app designed to help teachers, students, and youth groups easily create their own projects, report observations, and explore them on a dynamic map

Everyone is also encouraged to add their own young scientists’ citizen science projects to the White House Science Fair map:https://crowdsource.storymaps.esri.com/stories/science-fair

President Obama, commenting on the White House Science Fair, said: “There’s a reason so many young people love science.  It’s fun, it’s fascinating, and it helps us solve the mysteries of our world.   I want more boys and girls across America to get the chance to study science, technology, engineering and math – and maybe have the opportunity to go on to careers in those fields, too.  So I’m glad so many organizations are stepping up to support STEM education.  When we invest in our young people, we invest in our future.”

Want to get involved?

  • To find a project to participate in, check out a list of over 1000 projects on SciStarter.
  • To help advance education through citizen science, consider joining (for free) theCitizen Science Association.

###

Today’s event will be livestreamed, beginning at approximately 10am:www.whitehouse.gov/live

Follow on Twitter: #WHScienceFair

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

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.

15059351271_45cb654992_k
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

Image_6_European_Environment_Agency

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:
http://wilsoncenter.org/publication/typology-citizen-science-projects-and-intellectual-property-perspective Continue reading “New Reports on Citizen Science from the European and Intellectual Property Perspectives”

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

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

Journal for citizen science to launch in 2015

 A new peer-reviewed journal focusing on advancing the field of citiheader_leftzen science will be making its debut later this year. Citizen Science: Theory and Practice will bring together citizen scientist practitioners, researchers, educators, evaluators and many more in an open-access forum to discuss and share best practices for conceiving, developing, implementing, evaluating and sustaining projects that facilitate public participation in science. The journal is to be published by Ubiquity Press on behalf of the Citizen Science Association.

The journal aims to support citizen science by creating a centralized venue for the exchange of citizen science scholarship across disciplines. The hope is that citizen science will gain greater visibility and that key ideas can be included in the growing organization of academia rather than being shared narrowly among dispersed groups of citizen scientists and their networks.

TheoryandPractice

Researchers who are conducting projects using citizen science are encouraged to submit their findings to the appropriate discipline-specific journal and to use the keyword “citizen science”.  Through publication scientific findings resulting from citizen science can then reach the scientific audiences in relevant disciplines and help to advance the field.

Continue reading “Journal for citizen science to launch in 2015”

WEBINAR: Trans-NIH Workshop to Explore the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) of Citizen Science

NIHCitSci2015

The purpose of this workshop is to identify the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) challenges raised by Citizen Science in the context of biomedical research and identify ways for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to address these ELSI issues. The term “biomedical” is used in the broadest sense to include a wide range of research related to the NIH mission: biological, biomedical, behavioral, social, environmental and clinical studies that relate to understanding health and disease.

Watch it live: Tuesday, January 13th at 8:30 a.m. 

Workshop Goals:

  • To identify prominent ELSI issues associated with various types of Citizen Science research projects (for consideration by NIH policymakers and for use by investigators leading such projects).
  • To identify gaps in ELSI research on Citizen Science relevant to NIH’s mission.
  • To plan for continued, expanded engagement of Citizen Science and bioethics communities to further develop criteria and guidance for NIH Citizen Science research activities.

Follow the workshop broadcast live at GenomeTV or on Twitter via #CitSciELSI

View the Agenda for the Workshop

Continue reading “WEBINAR: Trans-NIH Workshop to Explore the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) of Citizen Science”

Nutrient Sensor Challenge Opens

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