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PhD studentship in collaboration with the Ordnance Survey – identifying systematic biases in crowdsourced geographic information

Deadline 13th July 2018 UCL Department of Geography and the Ordnance Survey are inviting applications for a PhD studentship to explore the internal systematic biases in crowd-sourced geographic information datasets (also known as Volunteered Geographic Information – VGI). The studentship provides an exciting opportunity for a student to work with Ordnance Survey on understanding the … Continue reading

A visit with multiple stories of water in Israel and Palestine

Just over two weeks ago I returned from a 7-day visit to Israel and Palestine. As a part of the ExCiteS Intelligent Maps team, and in the first year of my PhD in Anthropology at UCL, I was there to explore possible settings for research, with a focus on water infrastructure, systems of care, environmental … Continue reading

International Light Day at UCL

A few months ago, Muki received an e-mail from the astrophysicist and writer Lucie Green. She, along with UCL’s Astrophysics department, Nature Communications and others, were planning an event for International Light Day, and wondered if UCL ExCiteS could participate by showcasing some citizen science. The event was aimed at schoolchildren, aged 11-13, as older ones … Continue reading

The role of Sapelli in collecting indigenous weather/climate forecast data

THIS IS A GUEST POST BY EMMANUEL NYADZI – A PHD RESEARCHER AT WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY. The impact of climate variability and change is real in Ghana; a phenomenon affecting several sectors of the economy and ecological zones. Critical among these sectors is agriculture for which Northern Ghana is the most susceptible as it falls within the … Continue reading

Registration for workshop on ‘Lessons learned from volunteers’ interactions with geographic citizen science applications: best practices and design recommendations’

The Extreme Citizen Science group is organising the workshop on  ‘Lessons learned from volunteers’ interactions with geographic citizen science applications: best practices and design recommendations’ to take place at UCL on Friday, April 27, 2018. The deadline for the call of abstracts was on the 15th of February. Submissions were reviewed and authors have been … Continue reading

Event: Representation of the people in science – women in civic and citizen science

Update: Date of event is now Monday 19th March, not Monday 12th March. Explanation below. We’d like to invite you to a free event taking place at UCL on the evening of Monday 19th March. As part of the UCL Exhibition “Disruptors and Innovators: Journeys in gender equality at UCL”, we will host a panel … Continue reading

PhD studentship for development of mobile applications to support data collection in the rainforest

Project Description   How can we act sustainably in a world where the majority of the most affected people are not able to access or share information? Sustainability is one of the fundamental development challenges humanity faces today. The scale of the issues and the inefficiency of existing approaches mean that there is an urgent … Continue reading

Are poachers really the bad guys?

    The word poacher is a horrible word. It carries with it images of slain rhinos, piles of ivory, and smuggled AK47s. Even if it described something far more pleasant, such as a coastal walk in the summertime, it still sounds horrible.   Its phonetics are surely part of the reason. But what does … Continue reading

Workshop on lessons learned from volunteers’ interactions with geographic citizen science applications, 27 April 2018, London

The Extreme Citizen Science group is organising the workshop on  ‘Lessons learned from volunteers’ interactions with geographic citizen science applications: best practices and design recommendations’ to take place at UCL on Friday, April 27, 2018. The call for submissions and further instructions are provided below. To register your interest please scroll down and fill in … Continue reading

Reuniting people and maps: Participative Mapping 2017 at Cal Poly

Maps have changed the world. If you’ve visited Madrid’s Naval Museum, you will have seen a map drawn by an amalgamation of Christopher Columbus’ cartographers. The map includes, for the first time to Europeans, a partial outline of the Americas; the emptiness within the outline was ‘undiscovered’ no-mans land, ripe for the claiming by Europeans. … Continue reading

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