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Propose or Join a Citizen Science Hackfest Project!

By January 19th, 2015 at 3:20 pm | Comment

Propose or join a project or activity for the SciStarter Hackfest at the Citizen Science Association Conference!

Be a part of SciStarter's hackfest at CitSci 2015 in San Jose, California!

Be a part of SciStarter’s hackfest at CitSci 2015 in San Jose, California!

What: A hands-on and discussion-driven meet-up where everyone participates in dreaming up AND building creative tools to improve the field of citizen science!

Where: Citizen Science 2015 Conference, San Jose, CA

Who: The SciStarter team and YOU!

Why: To capitalize on the collective wisdom (and desire to act!) at the Citizen Science Association Conference

The inaugural conference of the Citizen Science Association will take place February 11-12 in San Jose, California and the SciStarter team is looking forward to soaking up new information during the scheduled sessions and talks!

We’ll also contribute to these conversations through a few presentations and an interactive, “roll-up-your-sleeves!” hackfest designed for everyone.

Will you join us? Learn more about SciStarter’s past Hackfests here.

First, make sure you have registered for the Citizen Science 2015 Conference if you want to participate in person. You can join us remotely, too. Just let us know how you plan to participate when you sign up.

Then, fill out this form to let us know you’re coming so we know how many people to expect. Remember, ALL contributions are valuable, and some projects may be discussion-based (no programming skills required). All projects should spark the start of something great! Just bring your creativity, enthusiasm and talents and we’ll make sure you’ll have fun!

Do you have a Hackfest idea or project you’d like people to know about or join at the event? Great!

Use this form to propose a project for the Hackfest at the Citizen Science Association meeting, February 11, 2015, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the San Jose Convention Center!

Here’s the running list of proposed projects! Just click on the image to learn more about the proposed project.

 

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1.  Agile Citizen Science
Join this group to participate in a brainstorm session to generate ideas and examples of possible agile citizen science projects and of the design features for a digital platform that would support those projects. Click to learn more.

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2. Locating Citizen Science Activity
Having a simple, accurate representation of a project’s geographic area of interest is important not only for validating the contributed data, but also for finding and recruiting potential participants who live or visit the area of interest and may be able to contribute. Click to learn more.

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3. Update Wikipedia Entry for Citizen Science
You’ll learn how to add content to Wikipedia! Between 80-90% of Wikipedia editors are male, so I, Dr. Caren Cooper, particularly want to encourage women to participate. Click to learn more.

 

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4. Fresh Data/Notify Me!
We want to help biologists subscribe to fresh data alerts for their species and regions of interest from many (wildlife observation) citizen science platforms, and enable observers on those platforms to be notified if their observation was sent to someone. Click to learn more.

 

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5. Hackfest for the world’s biggest fish!
Produce a mobile- and tablet-friendly spot mapping tool to allow whale shark researchers to quickly map the spots on a whale shark in the browser of their favorite device and then submit that pattern to our existing grid computer. In short, we need some help with JavaScript to create a simple tool for shark researchers all over the world. Click to learn more.

 

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6. Citizen Science Web Platform Needs Activity
Help those who develop citizen science web platforms / websites design and create better solutions for your needs. Come to this brainstorm session to offer your insights into what is needed to better support online data management for citizen science projects. Click to learn more.

 

Super Moon, Super Meteor Showers, Super Citizen Science

By August 9th, 2014 at 4:08 am | Comment

On Sunday August 10, join Slooh and citizen scientists as they observe the Super Moon.

Don’t miss a live interview (Sunday at 7:30 ET) with SciStarter’s founder Darlene Cavalier on Slooh, the telescope and astronomy website devoted to stars and the cosmos.

 

Credit NASA

 

There is a tendency to prefix anything dramatic, unusual or super with…well, the prefix ‘super,’ which is partly why the Moon is called super twice more this year. Let me explain.  When a new Moon coincides with the closest approach the Moon has on its elliptical path to the Earth (because of this the Moon’s orbit typically varies between about 222,000 miles and 252,000 miles from the Earth), it actually appears from 7 to 30 percent larger and brighter, especially when it’s close to the horizon. That happens on the 10th of August—tomorrow—and again on the 9th of September 2014.  Slooh will be broadcasting live coverage of the event.

The term ‘super moon’ is not used in professional astronomical circles, but rather has its roots in modern astrology—the high tides created at this time are believed by some to cause earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, and it has actually been blamed for sinking the Titanic (although there has not been any evidence to support this), and for the 2011 tsunami in Japan.

What’s so super about the Moon this weekend? The perigee (that’s what astronomers call it) will coincide with meteor showers. Named Perseid, it is possible to see as many as 100 shooting stars every hour; probably peaking between August 10 and August 13, with the best time to view the shower at about 2 am.

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Discussion on Data Visualization through CitSci.org’s Feature Friday

By July 31st, 2014 at 9:10 pm | Comment

Want to learn about data visualization in citizen science? Take part in CitSci.org’s Feature Friday!

 

What: This feature Friday will focus on data visualization on the CitSci.org site.

Who: Anyone who is interested in data visualization in a citizen science setting. Please join our conversation with your valuable input. Researchers, coordinators, and volunteers are all welcome.

When: August 1, 2014 (1-2p MST)

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Get Ready for CitSci.org’s July Feature Friday

By July 10th, 2014 at 4:35 pm | Comment

Want to learn about downloading data and data management in citizen science?  Take part in CitSci.org’s Feature Friday!

What: This Feature Friday is focusing on downloading data from CitSci.org.
Who: Any one who has an interest in data management in a Citizen Science setting. Come voice your valuable input to improve CitSci.org and discuss citizen science with researchers, volunteers, and project leaders.
WhenJuly 11, 2014 (1-2 pm MST)
How to join:
1. Join the meeting at : https://global.gotomeeting.com/meeting/join/234907677
2. Use either your microphone and speakers (VoIP) – a headset is recommended – Or, call in using your telephone:

Dial: +1 (646) 749-3131
Access Code: 234-907-677
Meeting ID: 234-907-677
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting

Learn about CitSci.org.

Save the Date! Citizen Science 2015 Conference and Gathering

By July 3rd, 2014 at 4:34 pm | Comment

Save the Date!  The Citizen Science Association will host the Citizen Science 2015 Conference on February 11 and 12, 2015.

Members of the SciStarter team serve on committees for the Citizen Science Association and pre-conference, including Darlene Cavalier (Web/Communications Committee), Lily Bui (Conference Communications Committee), and Caren Cooper (co-Chair, Publications Committee).

What: Citizen Science is a partnership between everyday people and professional scientists to investigate pressing questions about the environment, human health, societal issues, and more—studies that range from the microscopic to the galactic, and are taking place in communities, cities, and countries around the world.

Who: People involved in all aspects of citizen science, including researchers, project leaders, educators, evaluators, designers and makers, volunteers, and more – representing a wide variety of disciplines.

Why: Join people from across the field of citizen science to discuss designing, implementing, sustaining, evaluating, and participating in projects. Share your project innovations and questions.

When: February 11 & 12, 2015

Where: San Jose, California, USA

Featuring:
· Keynote speakers
· Concurrent sessions
· Speed talks
· Story-telling presentations
· Poster presentations
· Social gatherings
· And more!

Citizen Science 2015 is the inaugural conference and gathering of the newly formed Citizen Science Association (CSA). This event is a pre-conference of the 2015 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting.

For more information about conference plans and updates as they become available, please visit the Citizen Science Association.

Follow conference conversations on Twitter at #CitSci2015