Research shows that events catalyze project participation. How “One Million Acts of Science” can boost your project this April.

Research shows that events catalyze project participation. How “One Million Acts of Science” can boost your project this April.

Written in partnership with Emma Giles, SciStarter. Projects interested in reaching new audiences may take a tip from research about event-style engagement. Efforts such as bioblitzes and bird counts are known for this approach, and these–along with others–were explored and analyzed in a 2018 paper by Ellwood et al. (open access in BioScience). This team of authors was particularly attentive to data from their own project, the WeDigBio movement to digitize biological collections. Their interests included understanding how event-based activities might work for online projects, including options for engaging either onsite (e.g., at a museum where the collection is housed)…
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Join the Citizen Science Month Working Group

Join the Citizen Science Month Working Group

In just a couple of years, Global Citizen Science Month (April) has grown from a single day of events, to a coordinated effort supported by SciStarter, the National Library of Medicine, Arizona State University, the Citizen Science Association, Science Friday, National Geographic and many other collaborators from around the world. Global Citizen Science Month encompasses online events and opportunities to contribute to projects from home. And April 2021 is just around the corner! It’s time to prepare. Learn more about this in a recent blog post and in the Citizen Science Month Welcome Letter. One way you can contribute to the…
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Preliminary Outcomes from CitSciMonth 2020

Preliminary Outcomes from CitSciMonth 2020

by Vivienne Byrd, Darlene Cavalier, and Caroline Nickerson First: thank you. Even with the unprecedented challenges, so many of you came together to make Global Citizen Science Month 2020 (April) a success. We are crunching numbers and assessing formative and summative evaluations so we can share a comprehensive report. In the interim, here are some quick stats:  You practitioners sure know how to pivot... In just one month, more than 100 NEW virtual Citizen Science Month events were rapidly added to SciStarter, since COVID-19. An additional 100+/- existing, in-person events were postponed until the summer or fall and, understandably, others…
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Citizen Science Month Webinar

Citizen Science Month Webinar

How do we get potential citizen science contributors (the public) more comfortable with participating in real science projects when they have not ‘done’ science since high school, and even then, in a controlled environment? What is important for certain communities, or the general public, to know about your studies, and how can you create mutually beneficial projects?  Register Here SciStarter, Arizona State University Library, and the School for the Future of Innovation in Society know that people are interested in learning about and contributing to science that addresses a variety of topics, local to global in scale. In this webinar,…
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Celebrating Citizen Science Day 2017

Celebrating Citizen Science Day 2017

CSA is excited to once again partner with SciStarter to present Citizen Science Day 2017! This month-long series of regional events is a chance to celebrate and bring attention to the ways that everyone can engage with science to make a difference in the world – whether that is helping find a cure for disease, using data to address sources of air pollution, or making discoveries of new phenomena in our backyards or in space. #CitSciDay activities will commence on Saturday, April 15th and will continue into May. Celebrations will culminate with activities held at the Citizen Science Association Conference,…
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The Crowd & The Cloud #CitSciDay video

The Crowd & The Cloud #CitSciDay video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pc4e9haLeaM Have you heard of The Crowd & The Cloud, the upcoming 4-part television series about citizen science and big data?The team behind this major media initiative has just produced an amazing video in support of Citizen Science Day. Almost guaranteed that this will be the best 65 seconds of your day!Feel free to link to and share this video in promotion of your own #CitSciDay events (or the celebration as a whole).Many thanks to Geoff Haines-Stiles and The Crowd & The Cloud!
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Citizen Science Day and Our Inspired ‘Unnamed Movement’

Citizen Science Day and Our Inspired ‘Unnamed Movement’

Flickr photo by Christos Tsoumplekas Monthly Letter from Greg (the CSA board chair) to all CSA members March 30, 2016 • Fort Collins, Colorado “This [unnamed] movement… is dispersed, inchoate, and fiercely independent. It … is taking shape in schoolrooms, farms, jungles, villages, companies, deserts, fisheries, [and] slums… and is… emerging as a global… movement arising from the bottom up. No one knows its scope [or] how it functions, [but what it is] is [something] compelling: … tens of millions of people dedicated to change.” ~ Blessed Unrest, Paul Hawken As Paul Hawken so eloquently said in his book entitled…
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City Nature Challenge: S.F. vs L.A.

City Nature Challenge: S.F. vs L.A.

Written by Alison Young and Lila Higgins The Dodgers or the Giants? The Hollywood sign or the Golden Gate Bridge? Palm trees or redwood trees? The City of Angels or the City by the Bay? Where will your allegiance lie on the first ever National Citizen Science Day? Centered around National Citizen Science Day and Earth Day, two of California’s leading natural history museums are asking residents of and visitors to the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles County to explore nature all around them and document the species they find. Friendly Foes with Much in Common Despite--or possibly…
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Kids, Citizen Science Participation, and Citizen Science Day

Kids, Citizen Science Participation, and Citizen Science Day

Monthly Letter from Greg Newman (CSA board chair) to all CSA members February 23, 2016 • Fort Collins, Colorado -- -- -- Happy February! Who can participate in citizen science and to what degree? This is a question we get often and have discussed in many circles across the growing field of citizen science. From coffee shops in remote locales to academic reading groups in university settings, many have chimed in on this overarching question. Perhaps the question should be reprhased to: Who participates in citizen science and how? To me, the matter is not who can but who is…
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Downloadable logos for Citizen Science Day

Downloadable logos for Citizen Science Day

Hosting a Citizen Science Day event? Want to promote the celebration of Citizen Science Day? Please use this logo to help spread the word! And be creative: add your event's dates, adapt to match your organization's branding, create tiles for social media - whatever moves you! Just keep it positive, see our CC licensing, and please send us your designs - we'd love to share work that can help promote Citizen Science Day. LOGO FORMAT OPTIONS: Basic logo. Use this except in cases when incompatible with color schemes. Web: GIF (8 KB)  or JPEG (78 KB) Print (will not scale…
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