Leveraging Citizen Science beyond research
Thomas Vattakaven, Vijay Barve, Yash Sondhi, K.V. Gururaja, Aravind Madhyasta and Gladwin Joseph
Citizen science harnesses the reach of the internet to involve citizens in research. It provides researchers a novel experimental design to crowd source distributed data across geographies and time. To the citizen, it provides a means of involvement in scientific research and conservation. In addition, it can build awareness and sensitivity to biodiversity and conservation in society. Data and information collected is openly available through the Web and can catalyze the science and practice of conservation. This workshop is intended to provide students an overview of how they can design and/or participate in citizen science initiatives, and perhaps make it part of their work.
Aims and Goals of the Workshop:
To expose research students to the exciting possibilities of using web-based citizen science portals for data generation, public awareness and education in biodiversity.
1. Expose students to ongoing citizen science initiatives that are actively crowd-sourcing data
2. Understand the processes in design and implementation of citizen science initiatives and the constraints involved.
3. Provide students the opportunity to network with peers and design or participate in such initiatives.
The workshop will be structured as combination of short presentations with a lot of time for discussion. We will discuss both the challenges and opportunities in crowd sourcing information. We will also provide an overview of the open-source participatory IBP platform and other similar initiatives.
Information to participants:
Any student who is collecting field data and interested in advancing conservation by harnessing the global reach of the digital world. If students are collecting any field data, they may find new ways to share raw or processed data that could be valuable to not just fellow researchers, but activists, practitioners, educators, and anyone passionate about biodiversity. It will expose students to the design and the limitless possibilities of this emerging digitally mediated participatory science; the kind of science that makes the creation of knowledge and the sharing one seamless process.