Reintroducing this Association: Advancing Participatory Sciences

Reintroducing this Association: Advancing Participatory Sciences

The Citizen Science Association launched a global movement. To expand and grow that movement, we are now the Association for Advancing Participatory Sciences.  For more than ten years, this Association has engaged practitioners from many related traditions, including crowdsourced science, volunteer monitoring, amateur astronomy, community-based research, citizen science, and more. Our new name reflects that broad scope, and helps reveal and engage the rich landscape of practices across the many participatory sciences. What are the Participatory Sciences? Participatory sciences combine the strengths of scientific inquiry with the knowledge, insights, and observations of members of the public. Some efforts are scientist-driven,…
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Announcing a new name for this Association

Announcing a new name for this Association

A long-awaited step forward for this Association was announced in late May:  members voted in favor of a new name.  While the details of that name have yet to be finalized (see live announcement below), the broad strokes are for an Association Advancing Participatory Sciences. The final “s” in this string of words may be the most powerful - not the capital “S” that designates the scientific domain, but the small one that affirms a plurality of people and practices. We are, as stated in our most recent strategic plan, “... a member-driven organization that connects people from a wide…
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Members to determine CSA’s new name

Members to determine CSA’s new name

Post by CSA's Executive Director, Jennifer Shirk For CSA's 10th year, we are celebrating and affirming the work and vision of this Association. A major milestone in this process will be the choice of a new name. [An important to clarification to start: we are not setting out to rename the field itself (for an overview of thoughts on that challenge, try this introduction).] Renaming the Association is significant, and we have approached both this prospect and this process with intention and care. Over the past year, we have heard and shared some of the many terms that describe related practices…
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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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Coming to Terms

Coming to Terms

Coming to Terms: Building a Better Vocabulary for Work in (and about) this Field Post by Jennifer Shirk, Executive Director, Citizen Science Association The debate about terms for this field is complicated - but also over-simplified. It's time to find a way forward. Photo courtesy of Melinda Butsch Kovacic. The debate There has been a "citizen science" vs. "community science" debate going back to (and likely pre-dating) the first NSF-funded Citizen Science conference in 2007. This ongoing conversation has brought awareness to very real problems: that harm is caused by the term "citizen," and harm is caused when the term "community…
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One Association, many terms

One Association, many terms

Love this design? You can wear it! T-shirts for sale here. Blog post by Eva Lewandowski, CSA Board Member Citizen science. Community science. Volunteer monitoring. Public participation in scientific research. Crowdsourcing. The list goes on and on. There are so many terms for the involvement of non-professional members of the public in scientific research, and it seems like new terms are emerging every day. It can be hard to keep up and hard to know what term is the correct one to use. The truth is there is no single, unanimously agreed upon correct term for the work that we…
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