Citizen Science and the Environment

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This is my presentation from the ISDE7 / WALIS / NRM Conference held in Perth. It focuses on my personal experiences with citizen science and the environment over the last couple of years.

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Citizen Science and the Environment

  1. 1. GAIA RESOURCES<br />Citizen Science and the Environment<br />A source of quality spatial data?<br />Piers Higgs<br />Gaia Resources<br />Presented at ISDE7 2011, 24th August, 2011<br />
  2. 2. OVERVIEW<br />Topics covered<br /><ul><li>Overview of Citizen Science
  3. 3. Four Examples
  4. 4. Lessons learned
  5. 5. Where to from here?
  6. 6. Questions</li></li></ul><li>CITIZEN SCIENCE & THE ENVIRONMENT<br />Why bother?<br />
  7. 7. CITIZEN SCIENCE & THE ENVIRONMENT<br />Who cares?<br /><ul><li>In 2007-08, 82% of adults in Australia reported thatthey were concerned about at least one environmental problem…
  8. 8. Over half said they thought the natural environment was declining</li></ul>Source: ABS 2007-08 Environmental Views and Behaviour Survey http://tinyurl.com/3bqeydp<br />
  9. 9. CITIZEN SCIENCE & THE ENVIRONMENT<br />What can you do?<br />
  10. 10. CITIZEN SCIENCE & THE ENVIRONMENT<br />What about Citizen Science?<br />
  11. 11. CITIZEN SCIENCE & THE ENVIRONMENT<br />What is Citizen Science?<br />People<br />Connect<br />Problem<br />Solution!<br />
  12. 12. EXAMPLES<br />
  13. 13. EXAMPLES<br />Safecast www.safecast.org<br />
  14. 14. EXAMPLES<br />Climatewatch www.climatewatch.org<br />
  15. 15. EXAMPLES<br />Biodiversity Snapshots www.biodiversitysnapshots.net.au<br />
  16. 16. EXAMPLES<br />Dieback Information Delivery & Management System<br />
  17. 17. LESSONS LEARNED<br />Risks and Opportunities<br />Workforce<br />Software<br />Hardware<br />Data<br />Intellectual Property & Copyright<br />
  18. 18. LESSONS LEARNED<br />Workforce<br /><ul><li>Do you really have a workforce issue?</li></li></ul><li>LESSONS LEARNED<br />Engaging your workforce<br /><ul><li>Think about gaming theory…
  19. 19. Use an experience system
  20. 20. Multiple long & short term aims
  21. 21. Reward effort
  22. 22. Rapid feedback
  23. 23. Uncertainty
  24. 24. Windows of enhanced attention
  25. 25. Other people</li></ul>http://tinyurl.com/28mvx7v<br />
  26. 26. LESSONS LEARNED<br />Software<br /><ul><li>Deploy well tested, designed apps and systems</li></ul>Search?<br />
  27. 27. LESSONS LEARNED<br />Hardware<br /><ul><li>Don’t deploy single-platform solutions</li></li></ul><li>LESSONS LEARNED<br />Data<br /><ul><li>Use sensible tools for validation, including spatial</li></li></ul><li>LESSONS LEARNED<br />Copyright and Intelletual Property<br /><ul><li>Who owns a record that is entered to a citizen science project?
  28. 28. Can you even “own” a piece of data?
  29. 29. Creative commons, Right to Information, AusGOAL and other initiatives are providingsolutions for these issues</li></li></ul><li>LESSONS LEARNED<br />Risks?<br /><ul><li>An inexhaustible supply of garbage?
  30. 30. A way to alienate people?
  31. 31. A source of rubbish data?
  32. 32. A way to lose money?
  33. 33. A way to lose quite a bit of money?</li></ul>Yes!<br />
  34. 34. LESSONS LEARNED<br />Opportunities?<br /><ul><li>An inexhaustible supply of labour?
  35. 35. A way to engage with people?
  36. 36. A source of free data?
  37. 37. A way to save money?
  38. 38. A way to get money?</li></ul>Yes!<br />
  39. 39. WHERE TO FROM HERE?<br />What’s the next technology…<br />
  40. 40. WHERE TO FROM HERE?<br />What’s going on in our industry…<br />vs<br />
  41. 41. CITIZEN SCIENCE & THE ENVIRONMENT<br />Questions?<br /><ul><li>If you want to know more, please contact me</li></ul>piers@gaiaresources.com.au<br />(08) 9227 7309 <br />0411 754 006<br /><ul><li>Web site:</li></ul>www.gaiaresources.com.au<br />

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