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Citizen Cyberscience Summit 2014: A call for participation

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Following successful Citizen Cyberscience Summits in 2010 and 2012, we are pleased to announce that a third meeting will be taking place in London on 20-22 February 2014.

Citizen cyberscience refers to the wide range of activities that enable people from all walks of life to join in scientific projects through internet-based applications such as contributing the unused processing power of their computers to help scientific computing, classifying information, using their smartphones to collect nature observations or building their own Internet-enabled sensors to collect environmental information.

The summit will be structured as a 3-day event offering scientists, practitioners, enthusiasts, policy makers and citizen scientists the unique opportunity to meet and discuss citizen science and citizen cyberscience, participate in activities, and develop prototypes for new projects.

The first day (Thursday, 20th February 2014) will focus on the wide range of citizen science activities, exploring the engagement, creativity and participation, outreach of citizen science to the developing world, and the undertaking of citizen science projects in challenging environments (e.g. in a rainforest or the Arctic). Talks that deal with the growing policy and environmental management implications of citizen science are also welcomed.

For the second day (Friday, 21st February 2014) presentations are invited on the technical aspects of citizen science, such as: the need for suitable hardware and software; or panels discussing with citizen scientists about their perceptions, participation and engagement; or a showcase of citizen science projects. Based upon the success of this event in 2012, a ‘think camp’/’hackfest’ will be launched which will carry on to the next day and is aimed at developing demonstrations of hardware and software that can be used in citizen science projects or simply a concentrated discussion on a specific topic of interest.

The final day (Saturday, 22nd February 2014) will include further conference sessions, workshops and development of prototypes, with an afternoon talk, presentations and awards for the best prototypes.

Overall, the summit aims to cover a range of topics of relevance to citizen science research, including: technical aspects of citizen science such as use of sensors; applications of smartphones for data collection or in combination with external sensors; linking the Internet of Things (IoT) and citizen science – sensor networks to human sensors; motivations, incentives and engagement patterns; citizen science with indigenous and low-literacy communities; social science, ethnographic and anthropological aspects of citizen science and creativity and learning in citizen science.

During the summit, there will be an opportunity to present short papers, run panels, organise workshops or provide showcase demonstrations. Anyone interested in participating in this way is invited to submit brief proposals of up to 750 words using the form available at: http://cybersciencesummit.org/call-for-participation/ 

Proposals should be submitted by 31st December 2013

Registration will open in mid-December with full details will be available on the Citizen Cyberscience Summit website soon: http://cybersciencesummit.org/.

We hope that you’ll be able to join us at the summit.

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