Building transparency into CSA

Building transparency into CSA

Post by CSA Treasurer, Anne Bowser - - - The Citizen Science Association is an open community of researchers, practitioners, and others who seek to advance the field, and over the last few months we have channeled many of our efforts towards community building. Our new webinars (recent and upcoming) are a structured approach to sharing knowledge among among community members. Less formally, this Thanksgiving we hosted a #ThanksCitSci Twitter campaign that prompted hundreds across this community to express what citizen science means to them. We also asked for feedback on CSA's membership services, and how we can become more…
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Can citizen science make us healthier?

Can citizen science make us healthier?

This guest post by Dr. Lea den Broeder summarizes a recent article published in CSA's journal, Citizen Science: Theory & Practice. A direct link to the full article can be found at the end of this post. ---------------- The health of people living in so-called ‘priority neighbourhoods’ in Amsterdam (the Netherlands) lags behind the health of people living in wealthier neighbourhoods. This so-called health gap becomes apparent in, for example, obesity and diabetes rates, lifestyle and dietary patterns, mental health and life expectancy. Statistics about health concerns such as these can help policy makers to set goals. But they may…
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Design contest

Design contest

Calling all creative supporters of citizen science and CSA! As part of an upcoming CSA winter 2017-2018 fundraising campaign, we are inviting everyone to submit inspired ideas to a design contest for limited-availability promotional items.  What do you want everyone to know about citizen science? What would you proudly proclaim on a T-shirt, umbrella, or water bottle about the ways citizen science can change the world? What image would convey this message? How can you make your colleague want THAT sticker, baseball cap, or coffee mug from the Citizen Science Association - the one with your design? Anyone can submit a slogan…
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Announcing a new series of webinars

Announcing a new series of webinars

CSA is exploring different ways that we can support learning in this community via webinars. Over the coming months will be both piloting some webinar models and inviting your feedback. Want to get us started in the right direction now? If you have ideas for webinars you would like to see, or would you like to help shape (or even help organize) upcoming webinars or webinar series, please take 3-5 minutes to share some thoughts via this survey. Mark your calendars for two fantastic webinars already on the books, see below... Exploring Tools for Volunteer Recruitment and Engagement Julie Vastine,…
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Citizen Science Terminology Matters: Journal Article Explores Key Terms

Citizen Science Terminology Matters: Journal Article Explores Key Terms

Guest post by MV Eitzel, an NSF postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Santa Cruz with the Science and Justice Research Center and The Muonde Trust’s community-based research team in rural Zimbabwe. --- Much can be at stake depending on the choice of words used to describe citizen science, because terminology impacts how knowledge is developed and how we relate to each other. Citizen science is a quickly evolving field that is mobilizing people’s involvement in information development, social action and justice, and large-scale information gathering. Currently, a wide variety of terms and expressions are being used to refer…
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Getting a scientist to accept your data

Getting a scientist to accept your data

Guest post by Hannah Webber, Research and Education Projects Manager, Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park - - - My daughter’s school recently had a cookie exchange holiday party. As I looked over our collection of cookies when she came home and there are several things about these cookies that I didn’t know—what’s in them, where did they come from, who made them? With some it’s obvious—the cookies with OREO stamped on them I bet came from OREO, but they are unwrapped and how did they get from a cellophane wrapper to my kitchen table—were they passed around from child…
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Environmental Protection  Belongs to the Public: A report for EPA on the role of citizen science

Environmental Protection Belongs to the Public: A report for EPA on the role of citizen science

By Shannon Dosemagen, Public Lab and Alison Parker, ORISE Fellow hosted by EPA - - - In 2015 the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) charged the National Advisory Council on Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT), an EPA advisory council, with developing a set of recommendations about the transformational opportunities of citizen science, including strong links and partnerships with citizen and community citizen science organizations. The Council’s 28 members, representing academia, business and industry, nongovernmental organizations, and all levels of government, have been working for the last year to provide EPA with advice and recommendations on how to integrate citizen science…
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Research shows media can enhance girls’ citizen science learning

Research shows media can enhance girls’ citizen science learning

Guest post by Rita Karl, SciGirls/TPT - - - Girls who take part in well-designed and thoughtfully shared media – TV and video games – can have a more impactful citizen science experience. This insight, published in Citizen Science: Theory and Practice (Flagg, November 2016), stems from testing the use of multi-media material developed by the Emmy-Award winning PBS program, SciGirls. SciGirls is a national program that combines a TV series, multiple websites, gender equitable hands-on activities, and professional development workshops to encourage girls, their families, and educators around STEM studies and career paths. SciGirls’ third season, Citizen SciGirls, leveraged…
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