P5: Digital and technology I

E-poster session | Chairperson: Joaquin Cochero | Tuesday, 08 September 2020 | 17:30-17:45

17:30-17:35  |  P5.1 Conceptualizing the use of blockchain technologies in citizen science

Author/s: Monika Maciuliene and Aelita Skaržauskienė

Presenter: Monika Mačiulienė

The purpose of this research is to explore the conceptual relations of citizen science and blockchain technologies and identify the key forms of blockchain applications. We present a review of selected citizen science and blockchain projects highlighting an emerging culture of massive collaborative initiatives that make use of decentralized technologies enabling more transparency in the process and data. We argue that deconstructing the current blockchain related efforts into more discrete forms has considerable benefit as it can assist scientists to focus on a more innovative range of data co-creation opportunities. 

17:35-17:40  |  P5.2 Using citizen science and technology to empower a new generation of explorers: case studies and conversation with National Geographic

Author/s: Mary Ford

Presenter: Mary Ford

The National Geographic Society has developed a wide range of free materials and programs to assist educators, families and youth using citizen science as an opportunity for learning. Citizen science helps young people develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge of an explorer—what we call the Explorer Mindset (read about the Explorer Mindset and our Learning Framework at https://www.nationalgeographic.org/education/about/learning-framework/). Our poster highlights several citizen science technologies that we support: iNaturalist, Seek, Debris Tracker and SciStarter. You can learn more about these initiatives and our other citizen science educational resources on our website at NatGeoEd.org.

17:40-17:45  |  P5.3 Synergies by design - citizen science on the SPOTTERON app-platform

Author/s: Philipp Hummer

Presenter: Philipp Hummer

Developing a Citizen Science App can be a time-intensive task. With often tight research budgets and competitive grants, there is always a limit in what a single project can make available for its participants. On the SPOTTERON Citizen Science App platform, we take a different approach – by sharing the previously developed features among all Citizen Science projects for free, a single project can already start with many advanced functionalities without adding development costs. This collaborative “Feature Ecosystem” lets projects build upon each other and provide a reliable basis for new Citizen Science apps...