In response to community requests for citizen science tools, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has developed a toolkit of Geographic Information System mapping tools to support communities with environmental justice concerns. The agency is currently developing the Community Focused Exposure Risk Screening Tool (C-FERST) to bridge the gap between underserved communities and the best available science.
Life isn’t simple when you deal with crowdsourced data. For a small, niche group of expert volunteers, it is possible to assess if the quality of data sourced from official national maps and volunteered geographic information (VGI) is ÛÏgood enoughÛ using a crowdsourcing approach.However, ÛÏgood enoughÛ is a tricky concept when the crowd has a known face and can influence you.
Opportunities for learning, networking, and connecting are the focus of the upcoming Citizen Science 2015 conference. This Citizen Science Association event will take place Feb. 11-12 in San Jose, California. Participants on every side of citizen science, from research coordination to volunteering, are invited to join the conversation.