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Evolving Ethics within Citizen Science

As citizen science continues to grow and evolve, questions posed by researchers across many areas of study have emerged alongside this dynamic, new field.

Here at UC Davis, explorations in community and citizen science are taking place among several groups on campus. Most recently, the Department of Science & Technology Studies hosted Professor Shun-Ling Chen from Academia Sinica in Taiwan, who gave a lecture on her work investigating questions of ethics and fairness for those who participate in crowdsourced citizen science projects.

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Big Ideas Presentation

21st Century Science: The cutting edge is participation and collaboration.

THANK YOU!

We are grateful to the many collaborators from across UC Davis and beyond, who attended, provided support, and contributed feedback and general smartness in the lead-up to the Big Ideas Symposium, which took place on October 31st. We certainly felt the community-driven nature of this effort last Monday, as Heidi presented ideas about the Center alongside many other inspiring faculty who helped make the event a success.

Stay tuned for more information about the Big Ideas process in the coming months.

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Citizen Science and Conservation

A recent paper quantifies and qualifies recent citizen science projects, sets best practices for conservation efforts in citizen science, and sees the gaps needed to fill for future citizen science efforts.

This post, written by Molly Michelson, originally appeared on the website of the California Academy of Science.

OctopusWe’re going to need a lot of people to save planet Earth—scientists, for example! Their research can help policy-makers and governmental agencies make conservation decisions about the regions, animals, and plants to save. But there simply aren’t enough of these academics to go around.

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What’s the Big Idea?

October 31: Come see the Center for Community and Citizen Science at the UC Davis Big Ideas Symposium

We are proud, and more than just a little excited to be part of the UC Davis “Big Ideas” program. Together with many partners on and off campus, the Center’s Faculty Director, Heidi Ballard has been developing a proposal for building the Center for Community and Citizen Science to be a transformative force across the university and beyond.

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CCS coming to Madison!

Center staff participating in the annual NAAEE conference

The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) is holding its annual conference in Madison, this week. Our friends Heidi Ballard, Jen Metes, and Emily Harris are there to talk about our work on youth focused citizen science, and ways that citizen science can better inform conservation science and management.

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New paper: What happens when youth participate in citizen science?

Now out in Biological Conservation, this new paper reports on what we are learning from our Youth-Focused Community and Citizen Science project. Looking across three in-school and community-based YCCS projects, we identify three key processes that support develop of environmental science agency (ESA) in young people: fostering youth ownership of data quality, interacting with complex social-ecological systems, and supporting youth sharing and dissemination of project findings.

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Heidi Ballard Named a Chancellor’s Fellow

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Heidi Ballard, associate professor of education, has been selected as a 2014-15 Chancellor’s Fellow. The Chancellor’s Fellows Program recognizes “the rising stars who shine as teachers and campus citizens, and whose scholarly work already puts them at the top of their fields — garnering attention far and wide.” It is one of the highest and most prestigious honors on this campus.

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Report: Learning from Public Participation in Scientific Research programs in Northern California

Preliminary Findings from the Northern California PPSR Inventory Study

Introduction

This project arose from the realization that projects involving public participation in science vary widely, and often work in isolation from each other. These range from ‘citizen science’ projects for which people submit data about birds or plants online, to environmental justice-oriented community-based participatory research, and everything in between. These projects all revolve around members of the public collaborating in some form with scientists to answer environmental science questions.

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