Platforms for Participatory Science Projects

Platforms for Participatory Science Projects

Did you know there are ~30 platforms hosting participatory science projects? A new resource on our website provides a useful table and set of questions to help you understand the differences between them to make an informed decision about which platform is right for your project. This post, and recording below, are great resources to share with curious colleagues interested in starting a project-https://participatorysciences.org/platforms. If you want to dive deeper, we recently co-hosted a conversation with platform leaders where they detailed platform features and 'best fit' scenarios and shared helpful insights into six commonly used platforms. Watch it here >> https://youtu.be/epDWbFggLqs?si=hGV24f276HEbho3Z
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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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Citizen Science and Environmental Agencies

Citizen Science and Environmental Agencies

by Kasantha Moodley, Manager, Environmental Law Institute Innovation Lab, for the Law and Policy Working Group. Cover of Citizen Science Programs at Environmental Agencies report Environmental agencies are increasingly transforming their approach to citizen science, from viewing it as a source of data primarily for education and awareness to a potential source of concrete value for their programs. Although this relationship has existed for some time, the emergence of new technologies, an increasingly aware public, and the rise of unexpected pollution events has reinvigorated the way agencies and the public work together. The Environmental Law Institute was recently asked by…
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Supporting Environmental Democracy and the Aarhus Convention

Supporting Environmental Democracy and the Aarhus Convention

By Muki Haklay, Lea Shanley, Anna Berti Suman, Sven Schade, Dorte Riemenschneider, Nora Salas Seoane, Rosa Arias, and Simone Reufenacht for the Law and Policy Working Group. This year the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) issued a call for consultation on “Recommendations on electronic information tools,” which is part of the Aarhus Convention process. The Aarhus Convention establishes a set of rights for public access to environmental information, participation in decision making, and access to justice. In the revised recommendations that updates the 2005 version, Citizen science falls within the range of information sources that should be used in…
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Member Interview: Pammi Price and Tina Barzo

Member Interview: Pammi Price and Tina Barzo

CSA works to foster connections that sustain the field of citizen science. We created this member interview series as a mini-mentorship opportunity to connect early career citizen science professionals with long time practitioners. For this post, Pammi Price, Education Program Coordinator at Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center in Ghent, NY, interviewed Tina Barzo, Leader of Volunteer Engagement at Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. Pammi is a new member of CSA, and new to the field of citizen science. Tina has over a decade experience coordinating citizen science programs. Pammi and Tina shared their enthusiasm and passion for citizen science…
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Career Path: Yao “Cha Cha” Foli

Career Path: Yao “Cha Cha” Foli

Want to make a career of citizen science, but not sure how? Let’s learn from the experiences of those building careers in this dynamic field. Yao "Chacha" Foli. Photo provided Yao "Chacha" Foli is an Independent Community-Based Organizations (ICBO) advisor and community researcher for the NOISE Project in collaboration with Cornell Lab of Ornithology [NOISE project profile]. At the age 31, after years leading environmental NGOs in the Ghana's Volta Region, he received a full scholarship to a private liberal arts college in upstate New York. This opened up a new world of opportunities that culminated in Ndor Eco-Village, an organization…
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Incorporate Citizen Science in Your Higher Ed Course

Incorporate Citizen Science in Your Higher Ed Course

Thinking about adding a citizen science component to your higher ed course? The following videos may help get you started. These events were designed to help you as you think about creating online or face-to-face learning experiences for undergraduates and offer tangible tips for incorporating citizen science into any curriculum. University faculty from a variety of disciplines share their wisdom and encouragement with anyone thinking of adding or expanding their use of citizen science in the classroom. See below for event descriptions and links to recordings and slides. Roundtable: Using Citizen Science in Higher Education View Recording View Slides Citizen…
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Career Path: Pam DiBona

Career Path: Pam DiBona

Want to make a career of citizen science, but not sure how? Let’s learn from the experience of those who have successfully built a career in this dynamic field. Photo provided. Pam DiBona is the director of the Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Partnership (MassBays), an EPA-funded National Estuary Program where she works to bring together together organizations and agencies who generate monitoring data. They use these data to describe environmental conditions and trends in the three Bays that make up our planning area, and support research and partnerships to take action that will improve those conditions. Until 2014, MassBays had…
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How to Engage Volunteers Online

Many citizen science projects are pivoting in-person volunteer trainings and meetings to the online sphere in response to Covid-19 related cancelations. We are curious how you are doing this? What's been working, what do you need help with? Citizen science projects often rely on data collected during these fleeting spring months and we know you are working hard to come up with solutions to keep your projects going. Below is a selection of resources on creating video tutorials and online meetings, examples how-to videos for citizen science, and links to CSA volunteer engagement webinars to help you prepare online volunteer…
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Member Interview: Clare Hawkins and Anne Eichholtzer

Member Interview: Clare Hawkins and Anne Eichholtzer

Clare Hawkins (Hobart, Tasmania, Australia) is the Citizen Science Coordinator at Bookend Trust and author of the Nature Trackers blog.  She has five years of dedicated experience managing citizen science projects including Where Where Wedgie and Claws on the Line. Clare was interviewed by Anne Eichholtzer, a PhD student at Deakin University based in Melbourne (Victoria, Australia). Anne is interested in the social outcomes of citizen science participation and the automatization of wildlife monitoring and is working on a TechnEcology project testing a new video camera trap technology with citizen scientists.  Anne interviewed Clare as part of a new member interview…
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