Citizen Science–Earthwatch presentation, Richard Gilmore

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  • Citizen Science–Earthwatch presentation, Richard Gilmore

    1. 2. <ul><li>Founded in Boston, 1971 in response to US cuts in research funding </li></ul><ul><li>Earthwatch Australia founded 1982 </li></ul><ul><li>In 2011, projects in 40 countries </li></ul><ul><ul><li>offices in USA, UK, Australia, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, India, Kenya, Oman </li></ul></ul><ul><li>PM Award for Environmentalist of the Year 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>To date, 100,000 citizen scientists have volunteered their time and money </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>3,000 peer-reviewed papers published </li></ul></ul></ul>Earthwatch 30-second history lesson
    2. 3. <ul><li>Old Earthwatch </li></ul><ul><li>User-pays model is powerful for volunteers, but limiting on time and cost </li></ul><ul><li>Funding tied to volunteer contribution could be unreliable </li></ul><ul><li>New Earthwatch </li></ul><ul><li>Earthwatch Australia is small but growing - $1.4M in 2007; ~$5M in 2012 </li></ul><ul><li>$3M in direct funding for research in 2011 alone </li></ul><ul><li>Move to guaranteed funding and volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>ARC Linkage industry partner </li></ul><ul><li>Technology and social networking are lower the barriers to entry for citizen science (for organisations and participants) </li></ul>Old Earthwatch vs New Earthwatch
    3. 4. <ul><li>Earthwatch now operates a ‘pyramid of engagement’ </li></ul>Citizen science: what is Earthwatch’s contribution? Field-based Learning Bush Blitz 6 surveys p/a Research Expeditions (7 – 14 days) Scientist for a Day (1,000 people per annum in 2011-12) ClimateWatch & ClimateWatch: Marine (10,000 records to date)
    4. 5. Program Partners Founding Sponsor climatewatch.org.au
    5. 8. Evaluation Participants age Did you enjoy the event?
    6. 9. Creating Hubs Around Australia
    7. 12. <ul><li>More collaboration, less duplication </li></ul><ul><li>Minimise overlap (or share data) between dispersed observer networks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fungi Map </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Red Map </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ClimateWatch </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feral Scan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ALA Citizen Science Portal </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A shared understanding of the value (and challenges) of using volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Perceptions of citizen scientists: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Can’t trust the data” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Faster on my own” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Lumpy pillows” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Better understanding of our respective missions and priorities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How to leverage TERN’s network of physical and virtual infrastructure </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Earthwatch is corporate ready – is this useful to TERN? </li></ul>Where to from here?

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