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.
Good Enough? Nichesourcing in Data Quality Assessment
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.
A Proposal for Climate Change Adaptation at the Local Level in Costa Rica
The implementation of climate change adaptation strategies at the municipal level is fundamental for the integration of efforts that would otherwise leave actions uncovered, resulting in a slower, less effective, and more expensive adaptation process.
Counting on Volunteers: Audubon Celebrates its 115th Annual Christmas Bird Count
This year marks Audubon’s 115th annual Christmas Bird Count. Started in 1900, the number of counts has been steadily growing, creating a valuable body of data and offering opportunities for volunteers to develop their skills and build friendships.
Calling Inquiring Minds: Citizen Science Association Hosts 2015 Conference
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.
Call for Papers — Using Crowdsourcing to Further Earth Observation
Earthzine.org’s ÛÏCitizens and Science: Using Crowdsourcing to Further Earth ObservationsÛ theme will explore the technologies, people, and organizations that enable the use of public knowledge and activity to further our understanding of the natural worlds.