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Learning DIY glow-worm making

“Learning by teaching”, a reflection on running a DIY Arduino glow-worm-making workshop. Continue reading

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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

New project: WeGovNow! – citizen engagement in local government

Today, we’re starting a new research project, in which we will work closely with our social enterprise ‘Mapping for Change‘. The project, which is coordinated by the German company Empirica, is called ‘WeGovNow!’ and it is focused on civic participation in local government. Here is the abstract: WeGovNow will tap into emerging technologies for effectively … Continue reading

Quando i cittadini fanno ricerca

Nel corso degli ultimi anni i cittadini hanno avuto la possibilità di giocare un ruolo prezioso nel contribuire a progetti condotti in collaborazione con università, enti pubblici e associazioni non governative. Questo tipo di attività si è diffusa principalmente a partire dal mondo anglosassone dove è conosciuta con diversi nomi come citizen science, collaborative research, … Continue reading

“A different perspective” in the Greenspace Information for Greater London (GiGL) online magazine

The following piece was written for the GiGLer, the newsletter of Greenspace information for Greater London (GiGL).  In this (very) short piece, I’m explaining the approach that we use at ExCiteS to understand ecology, environmental volunteering and what knowledge we can extract by using environmental data collected by citizens. Thanks to the data collections provided by GiGL, … Continue reading

Landing in the Brazilian Amazon – news from Acre, Brazil

On this first trip to the Brazilian Amazon I am bringing as a piece of luggage ExCiteS’s theory, methodologies and tools to present to indigenous communities and representatives, as well as to their potential governmental and non-governmental partners. At this stage, the idea is to showour research group’s work to relevant stakeholders and to hear … Continue reading

Sapelli in Space

As in last year, twenty mobile app developers gathered for the Space App Camp in European’s Space Agency (ESA) main campus at Noordwijk, Netherlands, to come up with creative ideas. The participants in this years’ app camp were grouped into teams of four and their goal was to integrate Earth observation data gathered by the … 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

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

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

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