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Citizen Science

Post by pattyjenkins1 » Tue Feb 18, 2014 2:10 pm

Hello all,

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and several other important scientific organizations have launched a new initiative called "Launching a Global Network of Citizen Science Practicitioners." They have formed the CITIZEN SCIENCE ASSOCIATION. Here are the opening paragraphs from the Cornell Lab's website announcement and info about it:
A brand-new group called the Citizen Science Association (CSA) is taking shape in response to the growing number of citizen science endeavors around the world. Citizen-science data are gathered by massive numbers of volunteers on many topics, including fish, birds, weather, stars, health, and others—and they’re important for studies in many scientific disciplines.

The CSA is a global community of practice focused on public participation in science. It is offering free inaugural membership for 2014. The CSA recognizes all forms of citizen science and focuses on building the community of practice involving those who organize volunteers. Whether organizers are scientists, educators, data managers, technology specialists, evaluators, or volunteers, the CSA welcomes those who want to benefit from a network based on the diverse practices of citizen science. The announcement was made February 16, 2014, at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) convention in Chicago.
There is a link at the bottom of the page to a survey (which I haven't taken yet, but that's next) which, once filled out, also gives you a free membership into the organization. This is a fabulous opportunity to reach out to and connect with the citizen science community in a new and fascinating way, and I'm excited to bring TCI into it. I also think that someone from the NTS should be designated to be our organization's representative on that body.

For more information, go to the Cornell Lab's website and click on the 2nd topic listed under "Blogs" on the right side of the homepage.

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Re: Citizen Science

Post by Matt Markworth » Wed Feb 19, 2014 5:20 pm


Thanks for the information. I think that NTS could be a model for other organizations that have hopes of generating true "Citizen Science." Having meaningful and tangible collaboration between professionals and amateurs in the field is something that I believe is quite rare. I think a key ingredient is having leadership that sets a tone that all are welcome to participate in a way that maximizes their particular abilities. So maybe NTS was Citizen Science before Citizen Science was cool? . . . now I sound like a country song:)


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