Webinar Series: Citizen Science Hour for Biodiversity Collections
- 1 Registration
- 2 Motivation
- 3 Schedule
- 3.1 January 28, 2021: Opportunities Provided by the 2021 Global Citizen Science Month, including City Nature Challenge and WeDigBio
- 3.2 February 11, 2021: Participant Introductions!
- 3.3 February 25, 2021: The Future of Citizen Science
- 3.4 March 11, 2021: Ethical Considerations in Citizen Science
- 3.5 March 25, 2021: Understanding Trust in Citizen Science
- 3.6 April 8, 2021: Evaluating Citizen Science Projects
- 3.7 April 22, 2021: Citizen Science in Higher Education
- 3.8 May 13, 2021: Biodiversity Data Standards for Citizen Science
- 3.9 May 27, 2021: How to Leverage SciStarter as a Conduit to Broad and Niche Communities
- 3.10 June 10, 2021: Next Steps for the Worldwide Engagement for Digitizing Biocollections (WeDigBio) Event
- 3.11 June 24, 2021: People-Powered Archives: Digitizing Biodiversity Collections with the Zooniverse
- 3.12 July 8, 2021: Provision, Advertise, and Lead Biodiversity Specimen Digitization Expeditions with BIOSPEX
- 3.13 July 22, 2021: The DIGIVOL Platform
- 3.14 August 12, 2021: Extending Biodiversity Collections using iNaturalist
- 3.15 August 26, 2021: Citizen Science Platforms and their Value for Biodiversity Collection Curators, Researchers, Educators, and Affiliates
- 3.16 Watch this space for additional titles and speakers!
- 4 Organizers
Register here at EventBrite! **You can register for any one webinar day and use the provided Zoom link for all days.** Everyone is welcome, but please note that presentations will be in English.
By attending iDigBio’s online events, you accept that the event will be recorded and posted for later asynchronous viewing.
This webinar series is dedicated to catalyzing excellence in citizen science that engages biodiversity collections. Citizen science is public engagement in scientific research, and it has the valuable potential to simultaneously advance research, science literacy and participation, and project sustainability, among other goals. Biodiversity collections curate about 3 billion specimens (insects on pins, fossils in drawers, fish in jars, plants on sheets, etc.) worldwide, and these are critically important to research that puts present day diversity and distribution in context and models the future of Earth's biome. These collections range widely in their institutional settings, including museums, botanical gardens, universities, field stations, government research centers, and other places.
While iDigBio's mission focuses on specimen digitization, data sharing, and data use, this series is intended to encompass all opportunities that citizen science might offer to the collections community and complementary sectors of that community's institutions. The series is targeted at an audience of collections curators, researchers, educators, and affiliates.
The need for something like this webinar series was recognized during the 2020 Biodiversity Summit that iDigBio hosted for the leadership of projects funded by NSF’s Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections program. A follow-up survey of the community led to a winnowing of 22 potential topics down to a set of high-priority topics that we are aiming to schedule into two parts: the first, more general cluster between January and May; the second, tool-focused cluster between May and September. The webinar series might continue beyond September, based on audience interest.
The webinar is scheduled for the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 2–3 pm ET, starting January 28, 2021. Titles, speakers, links to additional resources, and recordings will be aggregated below.
January 28, 2021: Opportunities Provided by the 2021 Global Citizen Science Month, including City Nature Challenge and WeDigBio
Libby Ellwood — Global Communications Manager, iDigBio, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida
Lila Higgins — Senior Manager, Community Science, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Caroline Nickerson — Program Manager, SciStarter
Alison Young — Co-Director, Citizen Science, California Academy of Sciences
February 11, 2021: Participant Introductions!
Registered participants will receive via email a Zoom link that differs from the main webinar Zoom link for this series for the February 11 activities (and only the February 11 activities). That alternative Zoom link will enable greater discussion amongst participants. Come prepared to meet others in our community, do a 1-minute introduction of yourself and a relevant activity in which you are engaged, and have fun!
To be added.
Jennifer Shirk — Executive Director, Citizen Science Association
The history of this young field is characterized by thinking differently about who can do science. I’ll muse on how our history can provoke our future if we imagine how we all might do science differently together.
Lisa Rasmussen — Professor and Graduate School Faculty Fellow, Philosophy Department, University of North Carolina—Charlotte
In this presentation, I'll give a broad overview of several kinds of ethical issues arising in citizen science research, situating them with respect to contemporary US research regulations. I'll focus in particular on the kinds of ethical issues that might arise in digital and biodiversity citizen science, including issues such as data and publication ethics. We will also briefly consider what the field of citizen science is doing about ethical issues, and how it might go about doing more.
Rasmussen, L. M. and C. Cooper (eds). 2019. Ethical Issues in Citizen Science. Special issue of Citizen Science: Theory and Practice. Link
Rasmussen, L. M. 2021. Research Ethics in Citizen Science. In A. S. Iltis and D. MacKay (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Research Ethics. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190947750.013.36 Link
Anne Bowser — Deputy Director of the Science and Technology Innovation Program and Director of Innovation, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Evidence consistently demonstrates that citizen science projects produce information that is fit for purpose. But in high-level discussions of citizen science, data quality is an often-cited concern. I'll start my talk by analyzing this disconnect, share my experience overcoming trust barriers in the context of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) reporting, and address options for citizen science projects to communicate data quality and ultimately trust.
moroni, david f.; Ramapriyan, Hampapuram; Peng, Ge; Hobbs, Jonathan; Goldstein, Justin; Downs, Robert; et al. (2019): Understanding the Various Perspectives of Earth Science Observational Data Uncertainty. ESIP. Report. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.10271450.v1
Bowser, A., Cooper, C., de Sherbinin, A., Wiggins, A., Brenton, P., Chuang, T.-R., Faustman, E., Haklay, M. (Muki) . and Meloche, M., 2020. Still in Need of Norms: The State of the Data in Citizen Science. Citizen Science: Theory and Practice, 5(1), p.18. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/cstp.303
Tina Phillips — Assistant Director, Center for Engagement in Science and Nature, The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Cornell University
Evaluation of progress and achievement of outcomes in citizens science projects is critically important to ensure their continued success. In this talk, I’ll describe some fundamental concepts for evaluating citizen science as well as introduce new directions for implementing evaluation across the field.
CSA Research and Evaluation Working Group Link
Phillips, T., Porticella, N., Constas, M., & Bonney, R. (2018). A Framework for Articulating and Measuring Individual Learning Outcomes from Participation in Citizen Science. Citizen Science: Theory and Practice, 3(2), 3. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/cstp.126
User’s Guide for Evaluating Learning Outcomes PDF
Survey Instruments to Measure Learning Outcomes link
April 22, 2021: Citizen Science in Higher Education
Colleen Hitchcock — Associate Professor, Biology Department and Environmental Studies Program, Brandeis University
To be added.
May 13, 2021: Biodiversity Data Standards for Citizen Science
Peter Brenton, Manager, Applications, Atlas of Living Australia, National Collections and Marine Infrastructure, CSIRO
May 27, 2021: How to Leverage SciStarter as a Conduit to Broad and Niche Communities
Darlene Cavalier — Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University
June 10, 2021: Next Steps for the Worldwide Engagement for Digitizing Biocollections (WeDigBio) Event
Libby Ellwood — Global Communications Director, iDigBio, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida
June 24, 2021: People-Powered Archives: Digitizing Biodiversity Collections with the Zooniverse
Samantha Blickhan — Humanities Lead, Zooniverse, The Adler Planetarium
July 8, 2021: Provision, Advertise, and Lead Biodiversity Specimen Digitization Expeditions with BIOSPEX
Austin Mast — Professor, Department of Biological Science, Florida State University
July 22, 2021: The DIGIVOL Platform
Paul Flemons — Manager, Digital Collections and Citizen Science, Australian Museum
August 12, 2021: Extending Biodiversity Collections using iNaturalist
Carrie Seltzer — Stakeholder Engagement Strategist, iNaturalist, California Academy of Sciences
August 26, 2021: Citizen Science Platforms and their Value for Biodiversity Collection Curators, Researchers, Educators, and Affiliates
Greg Newman — Research Scientist, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University
Watch this space for additional titles and speakers!
The webinar series is organized by Austin Mast (Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium, Florida State University) and Libby Ellwood (Florida Museum of Natural History and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County).