Thursday, 07 November 2013 12:28
EGU General Assembly 2014: Session on Citizen Empowered Science

EGU General Assembly 2014

Vienna, 27 April – 02 May
ESSI1.8/EOS6 Citizen Empowered Science – Call for abstracts

A REAKT related session has been planned under the programme group “Earth & Space Science Informatics”
The conveners are Rémy Bossu and Pierre-Philippe MATHIEU.
The deadline for the receipt of abstracts is 16 Jan 2014.

The opened web tool for abstract submission, is under http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2014/sessionprogramme/ESSI.

Session Description:

ESSI1.8/EOS6
Citizen Empowered Science
Convener: Rémy Bossu
Co-Convener: Pierre-Philippe MATHIEU

There is also a second REAKT related session at EGU

Citizen Empowered Science (co-organized)
Convener: Rémy Bossu
Co-Convener: Pierre-Philippe MATHIEU

Over the last decade, rapid advances in ICT, computing and communication technologies (e.g. internet, smartphones, social networks), have enabled non-specialists to participate in truly scientific endeavours. This so-called “Citizen Science” supports societal applications and has now taken many shapes, for example, it created new ways to fully exploit satellite data to make real science.
A pioneering project was “SETI@Home”, which has harnessed the idle computing time of millions of participants in the search for extraterrestrial life. Citizen scientists also act as volunteer classifiers of heavenly objects, such as in “galaxyzoo.org”, or to track Solar Storm through “solarstormwatch.com”.
Looking back at our planet, citizen scientists can make observations of biodiversity to support validation of satellite vegetation map reporting through the “geo-wiki.org” portal. They can also use their smartphone to improve situation awareness after a disaster by contributing with geolocated pics or sharing testimonies. A new field has also emerged aiming at obtaining insight from Internet-based information that is originally intended for other purposes. For example, social network harvesting during incident falls in this category.
Recognizing the growing importance of Citizen Science as a new paradigm in research, and the fantastic and unique opportunity to tap into the enormous passion and good will of a wide community of citizens, this session will provide an overview of various citizen science activities, highlighting their scientific & societal value, strengths and weaknesses across communities. It will also cover communication aspects: how to attract and engage with the Citizens, what does it change in communicating with the public, what are the other potential benefits such as crowdfunding?
In this session, we solicit studies on any discipline that augment or complement traditional methods of collecting observations with data obtained through citizen engagement as well as examples showing how such projects can end-up in innovative educational and communication tools by bringing science closer to society.