Citizen Science–Earthwatch presentation, Richard Gilmore
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- Founded in Boston, 1971 in response to US cuts in research funding
- Earthwatch Australia founded 1982
- In 2011, projects in 40 countries
- offices in USA, UK, Australia, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, India, Kenya, Oman
- PM Award for Environmentalist of the Year 2009
- To date, 100,000 citizen scientists have volunteered their time and money
- 3,000 peer-reviewed papers published
Earthwatch 30-second history lesson 3.
- Old Earthwatch
- User-pays model is powerful for volunteers, but limiting on time and cost
- Funding tied to volunteer contribution could be unreliable
- New Earthwatch
- Earthwatch Australia is small but growing - $1.4M in 2007;~$5M in 2012
- $3M in direct funding for research in 2011 alone
- Move to guaranteed funding and volunteers
- ARC Linkage industry partner
- Technology and social networking are lower the barriers to entry for citizen science (for organisationsandparticipants)
Old Earthwatch vs New Earthwatch 4.
- Earthwatch now operates a pyramid of engagement
Citizen science: what is Earthwatchs contribution? Field-based Learning Bush Blitz 6 surveys p/a Research Expeditions(7 14 days) Scientist for a Day (1,000 people per annum in 2011-12) ClimateWatch&ClimateWatch: Marine (10,000 records to date) 5. Program Partners FoundingSponsor climatewatch.org.au 6. 7. 8. Evaluation Participants age Did you enjoy the event? 9. Creating Hubs Around Australia 10. 11. 12.
- More collaboration, less duplication
- Minimise overlap (or share data) between dispersed observer networks
- Fungi Map
- Red Map
- Feral Scan
- ALA Citizen Science Portal
- A shared understanding of the value (and challenges) of using volunteers
- Perceptions of citizen scientists:
- Cant trust the data
- Faster on my own
- Lumpy pillows
- Better understanding of our respectivemissions and priorities
- How to leverage TERNs network of physical and virtual infrastructure
- Earthwatch is corporate ready is this useful to TERN?
Where to from here?