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Diana Mastracci

PhD student at UCL Engineering. Member of the Extreme Citizen Science Research group & Citizen Cyberlab an EU funded project which is building digital tools and online collaborative platforms for Citizen Science. Currently a visiting researcher at the Carbon in Arctic Reservoirs Vulnerability Experiment (CARVE) at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab. @Dmastracci
Diana Mastracci has written 12 posts for Extreme Citizen Science blog

STEM Camp at Iḷisaġvik College in Barrow, Alaska

Greetings from Barrow! I am back in the Arctic to continue my research on the use of smartphone technology and pocket weather meters  by subsistence hunters to create a local record of climate change. As part of my research I will be running a citizen science hackathon together with Brian Fuchs from The Mobile Collective at … Continue reading

DANGEROUS ICE, Barrow Alaska

As part of my research into the use of ICT for adaptation to climate change in the Arctic, I had set about to interview the hunters and residents of Utqiaġvik (Barrow), Alaska about the recent shorefast ice break-off  event which nearly took the lives of a whaling crew that drifted away on an ice floe: “There were … Continue reading

Symposium on Biodiversity Resilience.Oxford University

As Prof. Shahid Naeem pointed out at the Biosymposium on Biodiversity Resilience held at Oxford University on the 2nd and 3rd of October, most publications today only look at one dimension of biodiversity: taxonomic diversity. Yet biodiversity includes all the diversity found in the living world embracing genetic, ecosystems and species diversity. In order to … Continue reading

Investigating learning in Citizen Science/1 by Dr. Laure Kloetzer

Post by Dr. Laure Kloetzer We know that public participation in scientific research (PPSR) and citizen science (CS) have become increasingly popular, thanks to technological and social changes (Haklay, 2013). Volunteers participate because they are intrinsically motivated (Rotman et al., 2012) to contribute to a scientific project by an interest in the topic, e.g. astronomy1, … Continue reading

Motivations and Engagement in Citizen Science by Dr. Charlene Jennett

 Motivations and Engagement in Citizen Science Post by Dr. Charlene Jennett One of our goals in Citizen Cyberlab is to understand volunteers’ motivations for why they take part in citizen science projects. We hope to use this information to help us make our own citizen science projects as motivating and engaging as possible. Recently Raddick … Continue reading

Public Annotated Bibliography for Citizen Cyberlab

Access to literature and scholarly resources on citizen science, education and creativity Post by Cindy Regalado and Diana Mastracci Citizen Cyberlab: an initiative which is exploring technology enhanced creative learning in the field of citizen cyberscience, is now celebrating one year of collaborative work! The collaborative effort of the project consortium is fueled by a belief in … Continue reading

Join our Citizen Cyberlab public bibliography!

Post by Cindy Regalado and Diana Mastracci. Join our Mendeley Citizen Cyberlab repository of online resources on citizen science to gain access to a collection of over 500 references for books, articles, websites, and reports on citizen science, citizen science projects, and related themes such as education, learning, creativity, challenges to engagement, crowdsourcing, participatory methods, … Continue reading

From Online Papers to Tags to Word Clouds!

How does the Citizen Cyberlab annotated bibliography work? Post by Cindy Regalado and Diana Mastracci Our team at Extreme Citizen Science (ExCiteS), as well as UCL Interaction Center (UCLIC) and University of Geneva put together the scholarly resources (journals articles, books, web pages, magazine articles, etc.) of greatest importance for our study of citizen science, … Continue reading

NightScience Conference/Hackathon

“WHAT’S THE USE OF STORIES THAT AREN’T EVEN TRUE?” Haroun and the Sea of Stories (p.22) In Salman Rushdie’s fairy tale a little boy named Haroun travels to the moon to find a cure for his father’s loss of capacity to tell stories. In his fantastic journey Haroun discovers that stories come from the great … Continue reading

Reflections on a Semester at the GCRC, Carleton University, Canada

In July 2012 I was invited by Professor D.R.F Taylor  to work on a cybercartographic atlas of Baffin Island, Nunavut, as a Visiting Researcher, at the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre (GCRC) at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. I was intrigued by the cybercartographic atlases due to their bottom-up approach and because they are community driven … Continue reading

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