Ecology and Conservation Citizen Science Ethical Concerns–A Call for Case Studies

Ecology and Conservation Citizen Science Ethical Concerns–A Call for Case Studies

Improving Ecology & Conservation Citizen Science Ethics Case studies are a great way to think through the kinds of ethical issues faced in research. Please help the CSA Ethics Working Group gather case studies in the domain of ecology and conservation citizen science that highlight typical and/or potential ethical issues in fieldwork. For example, cases could address fieldwork practices; permit issues; data sharing (particularly for the protection of habitat and wildlife); and more. We also welcome ethical case studies from traditional ecology and conservation science concerning general ethical principles. If you have encountered ethical issues in your work that would…
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Don’t Miss Your Chance to Help Build Trustworthy Data Practices!

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Help Build Trustworthy Data Practices!

Starting August and continuing through September, you will have the chance to share your experiences and expertise as part of a focus group series to help build trustworthy data practices for citizen science! Everyone with an interest in citizen science is invited to participate. Grab Your Spot! You are invited to participate in one or more virtual, topical focus group sessions to co-create best practices and new resources for responsibly collecting, managing, and sharing data across the citizen science community. The goal of these sessions is to discuss and develop norms, tools, and resources for the community that are designed…
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CSA Webinar: Approaching Informed Consent in Citizen Science: Legal and Ethical Issues

CSA Webinar: Approaching Informed Consent in Citizen Science: Legal and Ethical Issues

Register Here Presented by the Law and Policy Working Group and Ethics Working Group Date: Friday, November 22, 2019, from 1:00 PM to 2:15 PM EST How do we know when citizen science contributors consent to participation in a research project? What are the risks to citizen science contributors (e..g, privacy and security) and citizen science project owners, respectively? Sometimes citizen science research is subject to federal regulations related to consent, and sometimes it is not. In this webinar, we will briefly review the laws, regulations, and ethical perspectives on informed consent in the United States. Specifically, this webinar will…
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Summer Webinar Series

Summer Webinar Series

We are pleased to be hosting three engaging webinars in the month of June, two from organizational partners, and one from our Ethics Working Group. Webinars are one way that the CSA works to engage citizen science practitioners through the sharing of tools, tips, and reflections that highlight best practices and emerging issues in citizen science. These FREE Webinars are available to all - please register via the links below to confirm your place and receive access instructions. Details below. SciStarter Education: a New EdTech Platform for School Districts and Universities Register Here Monday June 10th, 2pm EST Reflecting on…
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Special Collection: Ethical Issues in Citizen Science

Special Collection: Ethical Issues in Citizen Science

Collection launched: 07 Mar 2019 Image by Ed Gregory via Stokpic. Citizen science can challenge existing ethical norms because it falls outside of customary methods of ensuring that research is conducted ethically. What ethical issues arise when engaging the public in research? How have these issues been addressed, and how should they be addressed in the future? Several papers in this collection of Citizen Science: Theory and Practice  address collaborations with human beings: What to call them when they are not mere passive subjects of research; what ethical issues arise when citizen scientists are also patients reporting their own data;…
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How to Make Your Research Transparent

How to Make Your Research Transparent

You are invited to a free webinar. Noon EST on 31 January 2019, with Chris Santos-Lang This webinar is a practical how-to demonstrating some of the latest technologies developed to satisfy the transparency principles in the European Citizen Science Association's Ten Principles of Citizen Science and the DIYbio Codes of Ethics. It will demonstrate two free solutions as examples: One is the Open Science Framework and the other is a homespun mixture of Google Drive, Google Sites, and FigShare. Both solutions leverage PubPeer, Creative Commons licenses, and research standards. This webinar also introduces the "APRICOT" mnemonic to map the range…
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Situation Assessment and Stakeholder Analysis for Citizen Science

Situation Assessment and Stakeholder Analysis for Citizen Science

A Free Webinar from CSA's Ethics Working Group, presented by Dr. Stacy Lynn (Colorado State University) Friday, 30 Nov 2018, 12-1pm US EST (UTC -5) Situation assessment and stakeholder analysis (SASA) is a deliberate process of identifying and planning goals, future steps, collaborations, common interests and potential challenges that might be faced by a new or ongoing citizen science project. Well-thought-out SASA processes provide a thoughtful foundation for carrying out inclusive and ethical engagement and research. This helps both to ensure that project goals are in line with stakeholder needs, and to protect people and study subjects from harm. The SASA…
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What’s Happening with the CSA Ethics Working Group?

What’s Happening with the CSA Ethics Working Group?

Image Credit: Madhumathi S V [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)] Post by Chris Santos-Lang, Co-Chair, CSA Ethics Working Group Have you noticed the risk of reinventing the wheel, wasting precious resources to solve problems that other scientists have already solved? Have you noticed universities and laboratories providing tools which their researchers use to build upon each other's solutions? Have you noticed that a bunch of those tools fit under the category "Ethics"?  The purpose of the CSA Ethics Working Group is to provide reusable ethics tools relevant to citizen science analogous to existing tools for non-citizen-science. We have started by building…
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Special Issue Call for Papers: Ethics

Special Issue Call for Papers: Ethics

[sg_popup id="9" event="click"][/sg_popup]Announcing a call for papers (abstracts due15 JAN 2018) for a special issue of Citizen Science: Theory and Practice focused on "Ethical Issues in Citizen Science." From the issue editors (Lisa M. Rasmussen and Caren Cooper): In many countries, regulations, restrictions, and oversight processes have arisen to address ethical concerns in scientific research. Citizen science challenges the paradigm of oversight for addressing ethical issues for several reasons: Citizen science can frequently fall outside of typical regulations or policies, and recognized ethical issues may not receive appropriate consideration. The relationship between scientists, volunteers, and human subjects in citizen science…
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How to Handle Citizen Theoreticians

How to Handle Citizen Theoreticians

Opinion by Chris Santos-Lang Some citizen scientists help collect data; some design experiments; some participate in ethics review of research plans; and some propose new theories for scientific testing. I am hereby endorsing Kevin Maney's term "citizen theoreticians" for this fourth kind of citizen scientist, and will discuss four examples here. This fourth kind of citizen scientist raises the ethical issue of inconvenient truth. As Marc Edwards told us in the opening keynote of CSA 2017, the truth about the Flint water supply was "inconvenient" in the sense that professional scientists faced political pressure to avoid investigating it. One reason why…
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