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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. A decade ago, in 2007, Michael Goodchild defined volunteered geographic … 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

Being a jury member at LERU’s Citizen Science Summer School

(Reblogged from the DITOs website) Several years of running a thriving online citizen science community has turned out to bring many unexpected results a long time later – working with UCL ExCiteS and DITOs, for one. The most recent was a very glamorous chance to contribute to the LERU Summer School, whose focus this year was Citizen Science. LERU, the League of European … Continue reading

LERU Summer School – Citizen science and public participation in the digital age

When the words “Doctoral”, “summer”, and “school” are put together, there is little insight as to what someone might expect from the combination. Myself included, as in my 23 years travelling around the sun, I have never been in a summer school before. Not to mention, a doctoral one. The ad mentioned word combinations like … Continue reading

Ready, Set, Report! Five forest communities are showcasing a new style of conservation

  We’re often told that we shouldn’t trust first impressions. In the case of Baka forest hunter-gatherer communities in Cameroon, this applies more than ever. Whilst possessing intricate ecological knowledge about their rainforest, built up over a significant chunk of human evolutionary history, they may not be the first people you would turn to when … Continue reading

Presenting the DITOS Logic Model at the Citizen Science Association Conference

I’ve just got back from the States, where Muki and I attended the Citizen Science Association Conference 2017 in St Paul, Minnesota. It was a huge conference, taking over the top floor of the St Paul RiverCenter, a huge building opposite the Science Museum of Minnesota (which I strongly recommend visiting if you are nearby), … Continue reading

­In Memory of Gill Conquest

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Gill Conquest on May 5, 2017. Gill was an exceptional researcher and an exceptional person. Her interests were broad-ranging, extending well beyond the academic through performances of traditional stories and pantomimes, to writing plays and science fiction, sailing and playing games, and to music … Continue reading

Interview the Researchers: What was “Into the Night”?

In the following paragraphs, two PhD students – Gianfranco Gliozzo and Pen-Yuan Hsing – and I will tell you about a project we’ve been doing called “Into the Night”. We also worked with Valentine, Adele, Muki and Emma, who didn’t get a chance to write this with us – you can read Valentine’s post about … Continue reading

A Citizen Science Training Day

On 2nd February, the “Into the Night” project organised a Citizen Science Training Day for early career researchers, particularly in ecology, to learn how to work with volunteers as part of their research. Continue reading

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