Extreme Citizen Science - Public Participation in Scientific Research 2012


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Extreme Citizen Science - Public Participation in Scientific Research 2012

  1. 1. @UCL_ExCiteSexcites@ucl.ac.uk
  2. 2. Citizen ScienceVolunteer rainfall observer RickGrocke checks the rain gauge atTanami Downs cattle station in theNorthern Territory of Australia Audubon Cal. Scientific activities in which non- professional scientists volunteer to participate in data collection, analysis and dissemination of a scientific project.WMO–No. 919
  3. 3. Nursary Community CentreSchool Scrap yard
  4. 4. Noise mappingMapping for Change
  5. 5. Dust Sampling
  6. 6. Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science Problem Classification Visualisation & Data collection Actiondefinition & basic analysis analysis
  7. 7. PhD PostgraduateUniversity/College High School Basic School
  8. 8. We need science and engineering solutions to complex interrelated issues Increased demand 50% by 2030 (IEA) Energy Climate Change Food Water Increased demand Increased demand 50% by 2030 30% by 2030 (FAO) (IFPRI)Professor John BeddingtonChief Scientific Adviser to HM Government ,2009
  9. 9. ‘Extreme’ Citizen Science ‘Normal’ Citizen ‘Extreme’ Citizen Science ScienceUsers Educated, usually with Everyone, regardless of some domain level of literacy knowledgeLocations Wealthy, populated and Everywhere popularRole Data collection and Problem definition, entry analysis, use outcomesMode of work Crowdsourcing Collaborative and participatory science
  10. 10. Participation in Citizen Science • Collaborative Science – problem Level 4 ‘Extreme’ definition, data collection and analysisLevel 3 ‘Participatory • Participation in problem definition science’ and data collectionLevel 2 ‘Distributed • Citizens as basic interpreters Intelligence’ Level 1 • Citizens as sensors ‘Crowdsourcing’
  11. 11. Extreme Citizen Science group• Focus on ‘Extreme’ Citizen Science (ExCiteS) – the theory, methodologies, techniques and tools that will allow any community, regardless of their literacy, to start bottom-up citizen science activity, collect the data, analyse the results and act on the outcomes .• In addition, develop the ‘science of citizen science’ – understanding data quality, participation, engagement and contribution
  12. 12. Building an Air Quality Egg Sensors in the Egg: • MQ-7 for Carbon Monoxide • DHT temperature • humidity sensor • Nitrous Dioxide sensor inserted/welded onto an Arduino ProtoShield – connected via LAN to feed data to COSMCindy Regalado, ExCiteSCindy Regalado, ExCiteS Cindy Regalado, ExCiteS
  13. 13. Science has no bordersTogether with the MildmayCommunity Centre communityresearchers from all over Londonwill be initiating Extreme CitizenScience initiatives based on theprinciples of Civic Science(questioning the state of things) Cindy Regalado, ExCiteSand taking a DIY approachfacilitated by the PublicLaboratory for Open Technology& Science
  14. 14. Mapping for Change
  15. 15. June 2012
  16. 16. July 2012
  17. 17. August 2012
  18. 18. Forest monitoring Jerome Lewis, ExCiteS
  19. 19. ExCiteS data collection platfrom• Equip non-literate Pygmy hunter-gatherers with portable data collection devices, to allow: – collect information on illegal poaching – capture points of resources or abuses – capture audio stories or photos – inform ecosystem managers• Challenges: Literacy, GPS signal, Electricity, Network coverage
  20. 20. Michalis Vitos, ExCiteS
  21. 21. Jerome Lewis, ExCiteS
  22. 22. Jerome Lewis, ExCiteS
  23. 23. Jerome Lewis, ExCiteS
  24. 24. Extreme Citizen Science• Mutual learning – learning about the issues together with the community• How to ensure data quality, coverage?• What kind of research can be done when (functional) literacy is an issue?• Ethical issues – informed consent, reuse of data etc.• Cultural issues – initiatory cycles, societal roles
  25. 25. CreditsSupport for the research kindly provided by:UCL Graduate School Research Fund,ESRC ‘Conserving Biodiversity That Matters: The Value of Brownfield Sites’ projectRGS/IBG Small Research GrantUrbanBuzz: Building Sustainable Communities (HEFCE)London Sustainability Exchange (LSx)London 21 Sustainability NetworkEPSRC Challenging Engineering Award ‘Extreme Citizen Science’, ‘Challenging RISK’EPSRC Adaptable Suburbs projectEU FP7 EveryAware, Citizen Cyberlab projectGoogle Research AwardsAmazon Web Services Education GrantsSpecial thanks to the participants and the communities that work with usAnd our partners: Royal Geographical Society, ESRI, Helveta and U-Blox
  26. 26. • Follow us: – http://www.ucl.ac.uk/excites – Twitter: @UCL_ExCiteS – Blog: http://uclexcites.wordpress.com