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Community & citizen-science

Goal: Community, participatory and citizen science approaches for natural resource management

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Shane Orchard
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New paper alert! Great to see a recent collaboration just published in the journal Citzen Science: Theory and practice by @CitSciAssoc
This study shows how values and motivations relate to sustained participation in two hugely successful citizen science projects: Jarviwiki and Safecast. The results provide useful insights for improving engagement in digital citizen science through attention to project design.
doi:10.5334/cstp.290 Follow the link here
 
Ari Happonen
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  • Lappeenranta – Lahti University of Technology LUT
Many thanks for the update,
There is also another paper from similar context available for those, who want to read about practical experiences from a municipality level SENSEI experiment:
 
Shane Orchard
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Digital citizen science platforms are prominent examples of modern volunteerism that provide people with opportunities to observe natural phenomena and to engage in scientific processes. In this study, we explore the values and motivations underlying sustained participation in digital citizen science projects through the lenses of two social psychology theories (Schwartz’s Human Values Theory and Self-Determination Theory). We present in-depth analyses of interviews with 15 long-term volunteers in two digital citizen science initiatives (Järviwiki and Safecast) that have been collecting environmental data for a decade in Finland and Japan. Our results advance the understanding of the values underpinning motivations. Our analyses show that openness-to-change values, such as self-direction, are important for initial participation, yet a diverse range of values, except for power, play a role in sustaining participation. Our study also shows that the values related to sustained participation are linked with extrinsic motivations, suggesting that when extrinsic motivators are self-directed, people will not only perform tasks willingly and enthusiastically but also in a sustained manner. Conceptualizing the behavioral continuum that drives volunteering actions provides practical insights that can assist the design, development, and evaluation of digital citizen science platforms.
Shane Orchard
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We're pleased to announce the establishment of the Citizen Science Association of Aotearoa NZ!
This is a new national organisation dedicated to supporting the growth of community and citizen science in New Zealand, that includes linkages with similar organisations worldwide.
The objectives of CSAANZ are: 1. Promote the growth and development of all forms of citizen science in Aotearoa New Zealand. 2. Support networking and information exchange between citizen science participants. 3. Assist data sharing and re-use opportunities through innovations such as open access repositories, and data quality and interoperability initiatives. 4. Support technical innovations to support the collection, visualisation, communication, sharing and re-use of data by citizen scientists. 5. Support the development of government agency policies, plans, strategies, and other initiatives that promotes and support citizen science projects programmes and their outputs. 6. Access funding and other means to facilitate the above objectives.
Interested? Contact us anytime at citsci.nz@gmail.com
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Shane Orchard
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Interest in citizen science has been increasing worldwide, accompanied by research oriented at identifying needs and recommending options for supporting the field. In this context, synthesising research on citizen science is becoming increasingly important. This short communication reviews recent findings in the New Zealand literature with a focus on community-based monitoring, and identifies considerations for supporting further growth of the citizen science field. The perspective offered here is that reducing barriers to participation is the surest way to maintain citizen science momentum, and that this will be assisted by a comprehensive understanding of diversity in the motivations for citizen science activities on the ground. Participant-focussed considerations are useful in both the research design stage and in the context of identifying methods for longer term support.
Shane Orchard
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This paper describes some of the functions and tools offered by New Zealand’s national level citizen science portal ‘NatureWatch NZ’ (NWNZ). A wide variety of data can be collected and stored using NWNZ. Through providing a common database NWNZ supports data discoverability by the wider community although records can also be kept private if desired. To support the needs of groups who collect data, customised projects can set up with their own unique url and membership options. These and other features make NWNZ an excellent tool to support individuals or groups with their data collection needs. Although NWNZ is geared towards data collection and storage services, all records can be searched and viewed on a Google map at any time. For more sophisticated mapping and analysis NWNZ offers features to support interoperability. This is achieved through providing csv downloads of any dataset or search result. Data can also be provided directly to other web-based mapping products and analysis tools using the NWNZ API.
Overview of the NatureWatch NZ participatory science platform
Shane Orchard
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Community, participatory and citizen science approaches for natural resource management