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Badges for Nature (HASTAC/DML proposal)


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‘Badges for Natural History’ will recognize and reward the knowledge and skills of the new generation of naturalists that are making a great contribution to our understanding of the world’s biodiversity. These badges will be issued first by a group of eight projects from across the globe. Badge earners will be able to move their badges between sites as they share their knowledge and experience of natural history across the world.

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Badges for Nature (HASTAC/DML proposal)

  1. 1. Building Citizen Science: A Natural History Badge EcosystemJon Rosewell, iSpot, The Open University Jeff Holmes, EOL, Harvard University
  2. 2. Building Citizen Science “Our knowledge of the living world is so incomplete, that we are at risk of losing a great deal of it before it is even discovered.” E.O. Wilson
  3. 3. Building Citizen Science
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  8. 8. …with Open Badges Infrastructure Badges need redesign for use across all projects
  9. 9. Issues!• How to design a coherent badge system to cover varying: – Skills – Biological group – Geographical region – Level – Issuer
  10. 10. Skills• Identification skills• Data contributor• Science skills• Eco-tourism, environmental policies• Content curation
  11. 11. Biological groups
  12. 12. Geographical regions
  13. 13. BrandingBadges need to show theidentity of the issuer
  14. 14. Composite badges BiologicalIssuer groupLevel RegionSkill
  15. 15. Phase 11. iSpot (& iSpot SA) • Implement OBI for existing badge design • Drupal & PHP2. Encyclopedia of Life • Implement curator badge in OBI • Ruby on Rails3. India Biodiversity Portal • Design badges, implement in OBI • Java (Jetty & Grails)
  16. 16. Phase 21. iNaturalist2. Mushroom Observer3. INBio4. Atlas of Living Australia All to participate in badge design, but delay implementation until lead project have blazed trail
  17. 17. Timeline• April-June Initial design & prototyping• July Technical workshop• Aug-Oct Implementation on lead sites Design on Phase 2 sites• Nov Plenary meeting• Dec-March Full implementation
  18. 18. Building Citizen Science:A Natural History Badge Ecosystem
  19. 19. • Skills – identification – data contributor – curation• Strong geographic focus• Possible badges for ‘first observer’
  20. 20. INBio / Cyberhives• Earn points for contributions: – Postings in forums – Participation in training sessions – Uploading and sharing images – Survey contribution – Uploading and sharing documents – Participation in webinars with experts – Field trips to wild areas – Final presentation of research project• Tariff: 1 = 10pts, 10 = 20pts, 30 = 30pts
  21. 21. India Biodiversity Portal• Badges: – contribution to observations – curation of species pages – peer assessment on competence in ecology and environmental policy “We believe the Open Badges program for India will truly empower learners and provide opportunities and livelihoods. We think there is an unmet need for naturalists and the badges program can fill this need very nicely.”
  22. 22. Collection managerCitizen science userVolunteerData provider