Coming to Terms: Exploring language and practices

Coming to Terms: Exploring language and practices

Post by Jennifer Shirk, Executive Director, Citizen Science Association Throughout 2022, CSA has been leading a connected conversation about the wide array of traditions, practices, and terms that people in this field apply to their work, a far richer range of options than the name of this Association reflects. Exploring this field in terms that go beyond community science and citizen science can open up a broader set of research and engagement options for your work. Responses from a C*Sci22 audience participation session on terminologies and practices in this field. Whether you are new to this conversation or you want to explore it more deeply,…
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A book list for sharing science (and supporting local stores)

A book list for sharing science (and supporting local stores)

Shop CSA's favorite titles on our Bookshop.org store, a site that provides dividends for independent sellers and non-profits. Curious about this field and want to learn more? Looking for activities to try with youth? Deeply involved and want to read up on specific topics from colleagues? This book list is a snapshot of great titles from across the field, a good starting point for finding your next read (or a gift for a friend). Your purchases on our Bookshop.org store support CSA and the science we share together in this field. Our Bookshop.org store is our most comprehensive list. However,…
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Taking Responsibility

Taking Responsibility

A note from Interim Executive Director Jennifer Shirk At this moment of shared attention to racial disparities, what's on my mind is taking responsibility - in particular, reflecting on where we can take responsibility at the Citizen Science Association (CSA) and across the field. CSA stands for integrity in science and integrity in engagement. As an Association of people devoted to this work - to bridging the gaps between science and society - we know that these two things go hand in hand in what we do. But it is necessary to take a deep look at the way we understand integrity in…
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Call for Proposals now Open for #CitSci2019

Call for Proposals now Open for #CitSci2019

We invite researchers, practitioners, educators, community members, and members of the broader citizen science community to submit proposals for the Citizen Science Association Conference (CitSci2019) to be held March 13-17, 2019 in Raleigh, NC, USA. CitSci2019 Symposia: Have a big idea or topic that pushes forward the field of citizen science? For our symposia, we are looking for cohesive, thematic presentations that weave together several perspectives on one common theme. Submission deadline for symposia is August 17th. EXTENDED to Aug. 24th Full details on symposia guidelines and evaluation criteria and a link to the CitSci2019 submission site available here. CitSci2019…
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CSA – Strategic Planning in 2018

CSA – Strategic Planning in 2018

Since our founding in 2013, CSA has made great strides as a leanly-funded, volunteer-driven organization - but it has been a bit of a whirlwind. Now, four years into this rapid growth, we are grateful to have received support for strategic planning. It is a much needed opportunity to both step back and to lean in - it is breathing room to take stock of the field, to listen and connect, and to build a thoughtful and intentional plan for the next five years. Strategic planning gives us a chance to realize the following outcomes: identify and focus our efforts…
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New changes to Citizen Science: Theory & Practice

New changes to Citizen Science: Theory & Practice

Guest post by Muki Haklay and Rick Bonney, from the Editorial Board of Citizen Science: Theory & Practice - - - - If you’ve visited the website of our journal, Citizen Science: Theory and Practice, you might have noticed some changes. Here is a brief update:  2018 launched with three papers published in January, February, and March and several more in the queue for this spring. This year we will also start to see special issues. The first, on ethics in citizen science, is being edited by Lisa Rasmussen and Caren Cooper, and has had several manuscripts submitted and under…
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Vote for five new CSA Board members (2018 cohort)

Vote for five new CSA Board members (2018 cohort)

The CSA Nominations Committee has narrowed a pool of 30 nominees to a ballot of 10 individuals. Now we are turning to the dues-paying members of the Citizen Science Association (CSA) to select five (5) individuals who will join the CSA Board of Directors for a three year term beginning in May. Anyone invested in the future of this field can become a dues-paying member and vote before the ballot closes on Monday, May 7th EXTENDED to Friday, May 11th (midnight Pacific Time). Relevant links are at the end of this post - please read the following important background information before…
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Opportunities in Sustainable Development and Open Source Technology

Opportunities in Sustainable Development and Open Source Technology

Guest post by Joshua Pearce, Michigan Tech Open Sustainability Technology Research Group - - - The state of the globe is not all bad news. For example, there has been progress towards our Millennium Development Goals. However, disturbingly high levels of poverty and environmental desecration persist. The vast majority of formal research ignores these problems, which are related to sustainable development for the worlds’ poor. Surprisingly, even when research finds solutions to these problems, deployment is hamstrung by patent and copyright laws. Until recently, this forced people all over the world to reinvent technologies in their own communities. Fortunately, the…
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2019 Conference Invitation

2019 Conference Invitation

Guest post by Chris Goforth North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences On behalf of the local host planning committee, it is my great pleasure to formally invite you to the next Citizen Science Association (CSA) conference in Raleigh, NC, USA, March 13-17, 2019! We are excited to be the next local hosts of this important meeting that brings together citizen science practitioners from around the world to advance our growing field. The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (NCMNS) is a short walk from the Convention Center and will be your host for an evening reception and the Citizen Science…
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WEBINAR: Introducing the Citizen Science Global Partnership

WEBINAR: Introducing the Citizen Science Global Partnership

Cross-posting a webinar by Eye On Earth, led by Dr. Anne Bowser (CSA Board Member) and Martin Brocklehurst. This FREE Webinar will be held March 7, 2018 at 8-9am Eastern (13:00 UTC). All registrants receive a link to the recording - please register even if you cannot attend the live event: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4839486524102532099 Please share this invitation to relevant members of your professional network - download a shareable PDF overview here. ABSTRACT Professional science alone cannot provide information at the scales and resolutions necessary to understand environmental change. The dominant culture of scientific expertise does not account for different ways of…
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