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Forest People, Forest Elephants, and Forest Citizen Science in Cameroon

Since its initial development, Sapelli has been closely interlinked with conservation aims, ranging from resource monitoring in the Congo and CAR to surveillance groups in Brazil. Partnering with indigenous and local communities (ILCs) enables Sapelli to bring traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) to the forefront of conservation efforts, empowering marginalised communities in the process. I’m new to ExCiteS, … Continue reading

A Week of @IAmCitSci: Experience with citizen science, Galaxy Zoo, UCL ExCiteS, EyesOnAlz, forum moderation and more

Greetings! I’m Alice Sheppard, ExCiteS’s Community Manager, and I have been a citizen science volunteer for 9 years. I started back in July 2007 when Galaxy Zoo began and members of the public were asked to classify galaxies. The team got so many questions that they built a discussion forum, which I was asked to moderate … Continue reading

Reflections from RGS AC 2016: Participation and avoiding the ‘lab rat’ effect

Honest confession: as someone who did not begin life as a traditional data junkie or geography pro, I was unsure what to expect when attending my first RGS Annual Conference. Most sessions that I attended were (understandably) presented through a purely academic or professional partner lens, including my own. I presented GIS and mapping tools used … Continue reading

RGS AC 2016 – 5 Years of Interdisciplinary GIS Education

This year marks the 5th year in a row of Claire and myself hosting a session on Interdisciplinary GIS Education, which was titled this year “Learning GIS: Establishing the Nexus Between Disciplines“, again, jointly sponsored by the Higher Education Research Group (HERG) and the GIScience Research Group (GIScRG). We again had an amazing line up of people sharing … Continue reading

Working for wellbeing of people and place: Celebrating active conservation volunteering

Last weekend I was fortunate to receive an invitation to speak at the Burrenbeo Trust’s first ever ‘Working for wellbeing of people and place’ conference held in the beautiful Burren in Co. Clare (Ireland). The event was enthused and motivated by all those who attended who came together to celebrate conservation volunteering and community participation. … Continue reading

ExCiteS promotes a Sapelli training in partnership with CPI-AC and Apiwtxa

I ran an exciting Sapelli training in the city of Rio Branco between July 2-4. After spending a very long time immersed in the forest with the Ashaninka community of Apiwtxa, I finally stepped out of the jungle to feel a little bit of an urban atmosphere. But not for a long time, as the … Continue reading

Citizen Science for environmental monitoring: Engagement and empowerment in Citizens’ Observatories

The second day of the first International ECSA conference introduced the 10 Principles of Citizen Science, a flexible concept designed to encourage best practice in the field. A series of sessions covered topics ranging from Tools, Technologies and Applications in Citizen Science to Citizen Science for environmental monitoring: Engagement and Empowerment in Citizens’ Observatories. Environmental … Continue reading

Introducing “Doing It Together Science” – an EU citizen science project

The European Commission through its Horizon 2020 programme, with support from the Swiss confederation, have committed almost €4m to a three-year project to increase public participation in scientific research and innovation across Europe. The 11-partner project, co-ordinated by UCL Extreme Citizen Science group, aims to build the institutional and policy foundations for sustained deep public … Continue reading

New Job Opening: Research Assistant/Developer in Extreme Citizen Science

We have a new job opening for a Research Assistant(RA)/Developer in the Extreme Citizen Science (ExCiteS) group, in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering at University College London. We are looking for an experienced and talented programmer with interest in open source geographic web technologies and geospatial data and data quality. The RA/Developer … Continue reading

New PhD Opportunity – closing date extended to 6th April

A new opportunity to join the Extreme Citizen Science (ExCiteS) group and undertake research in Human Computer Interaction and Spatial Data Quality for Online Civic Engagement. Duration: 3 years Funding: The scholarship covers UCL registration fees and provides a stipend of £17,045 per annum tax free. Travel expenses and research equipment will also be provided to … Continue reading

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