Libraries – Coming Soon to a Citizen Science Conference Near You!

By Guest | January 16, 2019 10:45 am

If you are a fan of public libraries (and I’m assuming everyone is a fan of public libraries), I’ve got some exciting news for you!  Citizen Science practitioners and public libraries have been taking a good look at each other and finding ways of partnering to the mutual benefit of both.  If you are attending CitSci2019, March 13-17 in Raleigh, you will have an opportunity to hear a variety of perspectives from leaders, and to contribute to the ongoing discussion, at the Building capacity for partnership-centric community and citizen science in libraries Symposium.

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Top 18 Projects of 2018 on SciStarter

By lshell | January 14, 2019 12:43 pm

d41586-018-07106-5_162194482018 was a great year for Citizen Science! More than 3,000 projects and events are now registered on SciStarter. There’s something for everyone, everywhere.

In this edition of the newsletter, we are honoring the Top 18 Projects of 2018: projects that our collective community shared, participated in, and loved.

Cheers!

The SciStarter Team

 

 


Cloud_Obs_-_FemiGLOBE Observer: Clouds

Look up and make cloud observations. Satellites can only see clouds from above, so your ground-truthed observations will be compared to satellite images to get a view from both above and below. Help NASA scientists predict droughts and floods in the process.

Get Started!

Location: Global


ant-picnic-lessonAnt Picnic

Help scientists learn about the diet preferences of ants around the world; their choices will inform scientists on what food resources are available to ants throughout the year.

Get Started! 

Location: Global


Photo_Nov_04_1_05_59_PM_1Stream Selfie

What better way to enjoy nature, observe streams in your town, and snap a selfie for science? Stream Selfie helps map streams across the United States to establish good locations for water testing.

Get Started!

Location: United States


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Project Squirrel

Do all squirrels look the same to you? Did you know there were up to three different species climbing around your parks, campus, and backyard? Count how may squirrels you see to keep track of squirrel populations to better understand tree squirrel ecology. National Squirrel Day is January 21. We know you’ve been struggling to decide what to do to celebrate. Here’s your answer. 🙂

Get Started!

Location: Global


740b9103-d4b4-4064-9033-e6bc1d990156CoCoRaHS: Rain, Hail, Snow Network

If it’s falling from a cloud, you should measure it with this project. The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network encourages you to use low cost measurement tools to measure precipitation. These data are then used by the National Weather Service and meteorologists.

Get Started!

Location: Global


globe-at-night_scistarterGlobe at Night

Looking up at the night sky and taking in the beauty of the stars is a wonderful way to spend an evening… unless there aren’t any visible stars due to light pollution. Record the amount of visible stars above your head to record light pollution near you.

Get Started!

Location: Global


eyesonALZStall Catchers, by EyesOnALZ

View short video clips of ultrasounds that show blood moving through vessels of mice. Click when you see stalled blood flow. This project is already helping scientists at Cornell accelerate research on Alzheimer’s.

Get Started!

Location: Global


LOGO3ISeeChange

Did you know that cities are sometimes referred to as urban heat islands? They can be hotter than surrounding suburban or rural areas. How does climate and weather affect your surroundings? Recording your local environmental flooding and heat observations helps NASA track climate change.

Get Started!

Location: Global


banjo-04The MuttMix Project

Think you know your dog breeds? Take an online quiz to test your ability to identify distinct breeds present in mixed-breed dogs based on their (very cute) pictures.

Get Started!

Location: Global


13392705-dfda-4fb0-808d-66100850ac56iNaturalist

Share your photos of nature through the iNaturalist app and record the biodiversity around you. In addition to teams of naturalists who will help ID what you posted, click “View suggestions” to have AI weigh in with identifications.

Get Started!

Location: Global


squirrelmapperSquirrelMapper

Observe squirrels in your neighborhood to understand where and why squirrels turn from black to gray. Two centuries ago, most squirrels were apparently black — measure natural selection on your neighborhood squirrels through this project. Remember, January 21 is National Squirrel Day.

Get Started!

Location: Global


Natures_Notebook_Project_imageNature’s Notebook

Send your plant observations to the National Phenology Database. This allows scientists to keep track of the life cycles of plants and animals year after year.

Get Started!

Location: Global


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Play to Cure: Genes in Space

Explore space and analyze real cancer data in this game! It is designed to find clues that lead to genetic mistakes that may lead to cancer.

Get Started!

Location: Online Only


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Phylo

Use your natural superpower of being able to notice patterns to align sequences of DNA by shifting and moving puzzle pieces in this game. This activity helps researchers do something computers can’t: sort through Multiple Sequence Alignments.

Get Started!

Location: Online Only


MarsSciStarterMars Mappers

Have you always wanted to be the first to explore another planet? Help NASA identify and mark craters and other terrain on Mars.

Get Started!

Location: Online Only


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LingoBoingo

Play online games to identify languages and language features. This project raises awareness about and invites participants to contribute to language science.

Get Started!

Location: Online Only


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Bugs In Our Backyard

Keep track of the bugs in your backyard by monitoring insect biodiversity for scientists at Colby College. This survey targets what are considered “true bugs,” or insects in the suborder Heteroptera in the order Hemiptera.

Get Started!

Location: Global


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The Great Backyard Bird Count

The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event in December during which bird watchers count birds for 15 minutes to create a real-time snapshot of where birds are located around the world.

Get Started!

Location: Global


Your SciStarter dashboard helps you track your contributions to projects. Complete your profile to access this and other free tools. It’s also how we match you with the best projects near you.

Contact the SciStarter Team

Email: info@scistarter.com

Website: https://scistarter.com

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Mystic River Herring Education Project

By Guest | January 11, 2019 5:03 pm

Natural beauty is not out of reach even in the most urban of spaces. The Mystic River Watershed is the most populated watershed in Massachusetts, with 7% of the MA population living on 1% of its land. Extending from Cambridge north to Arlington and Winchester, the story of the Mystic River is one of extensive industrialization. Decades ago, locals built dams to power mills. These dams interrupt habitat and make it difficult for herring to move upstream. Due to these dams as well as over-fishing, the herring population declined from seventy million in the mid-1950s to two hundred thousand in 2012.

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: Citizen Science, Environment

Calling all librarians: Invitation to participate in Citizen Science Day 2019

By cnickerson | January 4, 2019 1:55 pm

Dear Librarian,

Libraries and similar venues are public spaces where community members, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, economic level, or education level, can engage in a variety of activities.  May we suggest citizen science, which enables ordinary people to advance real scientific research?  Professional scientists need your help, and connecting through citizen science projects offers robust opportunities for patrons to address local or global concerns and to stoke and support curiosity across disciplines.

With support from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Southwest Region (NNLM PSR), the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University and SciStarter invite you to be part of Citizen Science Day in libraries across the country on April 13, 2019.

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Now in its third year, Citizen Science Day (presented by SciStarter and the Citizen Science Association) is expanding to include meetups and events with a special focus on supporting libraries to involve their communities in authentic science projects in need of their help.

The signature event this year will be the “Stall Catchers Megathon” by the Human Computation Institute. This fun, intergenerational online citizen science project engages people of all ages to advance research about Alzheimer’s disease. This project is ideal for libraries and other public spaces where computers and wifi are accessible.

There are many other ways to celebrate citizen science on Citizen Science Day including:

  • Host a citizen science expo
  • Invite local subject matter experts to talk about their projects and citizen science
  • Spread the word! Encourage patrons to find and join citizen science projects and events (including yours) on SciStarter
  • Display our customizable posters, fliers, and reading lists
  • Host a bioblitz
  • Install a rain gauge or air quality sensor or inquire about a Citizen Science kit to loan to patrons

If you are interested in your library being involved in Citizen Science Day in any way, please complete this short registration form. Please contact CarolineN@SciStarter.com with questions. We’ll also invite you to open, weekly calls on Wednesdays at 4:00 EST. Volunteers, librarians — all who are interested are welcome on the calls!

We also encourage you to include a Save the Date notice in your library’s newsletters, website, displays and other communications. Taking into account the possibility that you may already be facing deadlines to include promotions in your library’s communications materials, here are two Save the Date options for your consideration:

“Love citizen science? No clue about citizen science? All are welcome at our library for Citizen Science Day on April 13, 2019! Find resources and activities for all ages to learn more and discover opportunities to engage in local and global projects in need of your help.”

“Our library is celebrating Citizen Science Day on April 13, 2019! Citizen science is a way for people of all ages to collect, share or analyze data to help scientists address local or global questions. Come join us on 4/13 as we play a fun, intergenerational online game to advance Alzheimer’s research!”

Cheers!

The Citizen Science Day Team

 

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Citizen Science Needed to Help Feed the World

By Kristin Butler | January 4, 2019 1:06 pm

For more than a hundred years, the United States government has paired university scientists with local farmers to study how best to feed the world.

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: Citizen Science, Research

Five ways to integrate citizen science into your New Year’s Resolutions

By lshell | December 29, 2018 4:53 pm
new_years_fireworksHappy New Year! We resolve to make it easier than ever for you to discover and engage in research that needs you. Here are simple ways to integrate citizen science into your own resolutions.
Cheers!
The SciStarter Team

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Book Review: Citizen Science for Now and for Always

By Guest | December 28, 2018 9:26 am

Mary Ellen Hannibal, Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction, New York, NY: The Experiment, 2016. 432 pp. $29.95 hardcover, $17.95 paperback.

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LingoBoingo: Play Games, Make the World Smarter

By Guest | December 21, 2018 10:03 am

Who doesn’t like playing games? What if you could play fun games online and in the process make the world a smarter place? That’s the idea behind LingoBoingo.

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: Citizen Science, Gaming

12 Days of Christmasy Citizen Science

By admin | December 17, 2018 9:26 pm

scistarter-12-days-christmas-citizen-scienceOur editors found 12 projects related to the 12 Days of Christmas jingle. Ok, some are a stretch, but we hope you enjoy our holiday edition!

We have some exciting developments on the horizon. Will you please take a moment to update your dashboard settings so you can really make the most of the new features in the new year? Thank you.

Cheers!
The SciStarter Team

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Blue Water Task Force expands its reach by teaming up with Swim Guide

By Guest | December 15, 2018 11:39 am

Check out the Blue Water Task Force on SciStarter!

The Surfrider Foundation is pleased to announce its participation in the first ever open data standard for the automated exchange of recreational water quality data.

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: Conservation, Environment
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