Category Archives: Activism

Apps That Turn Citizens into Scientists

Smartphones can automate data collection and incorporate many important data-gathering functions—such as capturing images, audio and text—into a single tool that can “stamp” the date, time and geographic coordinates associated with an observation. Continue reading…

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Guardian: Citizens and Science in Greener China

Farmers dig ditches to run water from a polluted stream into farm fields in Yunnan province, China. Photograph: Reuters

Sensible collaboration with China in science, technology and innovation is not only in Britain’s economic interests but can also help to address environmental challenges shared by the entire international community. Continue reading…

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Citizen Scientists Track Pesticide Drift

Laura Krouse in a field of kale.

When Laura Krouse heard the roar of a crop duster as it flew low, ducking under utility wires to lay down a blanket of herbicides, she sprang into action. Continue reading…

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Citizen Science Musings: A Larel for Science

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The idea seemed harmless enough. Create an honorary post for an expert in science who could promote the idea of science as a public good. The idea was the brainchild of Senators Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Representatives Lamar Smith (R-TX) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) who, this past May introduced a bill to create the position of Science Laureate of the United States, similar to the existing position of Poet Laureate. Continue reading…

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Citizen Science Maps the Congo

Commercial logging in the Congo.

A new mobile software may help local communities in the region of Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, manage their natural resources and monitor logging activities in the forest. Continue reading…

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Citizen Science Musings: Building a Library

The Prelinger Library in its early days.

This week I want to profile a different kind of independent institution, which may have an analogue for citizen scientists. A DIY public library. Continue reading…

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Citizen Science Musings: Trademarking ‘Citizen Science’?

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In the past couple of weeks I have learned that the University of Miami has been working with legal experts to trademark the terms “citizen science” and “exploration science.” Continue reading…

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Requiem for a Rhino

Western black rhino with calf.

And therein lies a significant tragedy: experts agree that the demise of the black rhino was entirely preventable. Continue reading…

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South Mississippi citizen scientists present lessons learned post-spill

TAMMY LEYTHAM/SUN HERALDBien Do and Tuat Nguyen, members of the Vietnamese fishing community, give a bilingual presentation Saturday on the effects of the oil spill on their livelihood.

Residents got a lesson on the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill Saturday from citizen scientists during a community event held at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center in Ocean Springs. Continue reading…

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