This one-day session (9/14/2010) featured presentations by leaders who are using technology to inspire community-based, participatory citizen science. Featured speakers will presented projects involving the public in scientific exploration, documentation, and data analysis. They discussed the latest technology platforms that are revolutionizing participation.
Rick Bonney is director of program development and evaluation at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, cofounder of its Citizen Science program, and coeditor of its Home Study Course in Bird Biology. He has published widely on both ornithology and public involvement in science, and serves as an advisor on science programs across North America.
Yasser Ansari is CEO and co-founder of Project NOAH (Networked Organisms and Habitats) and winner of the Joan Ganz Cooney Prize for Innovation and Learning. Ansari’s mission is “to reconnect people with the planet by enabling them to learn about the wildlife around them, and to make NOAH the common mobile platform for documenting the world’s organisms.”
Jim Mathews is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. At the university’s Local Games Lab, he designs mobile-based games aimed at connecting students and teachers with their local communities. With fifteen years experience as a high school teacher, he is developing curricula would help students investigate their local communities through documentary filmmaking, photography, creative writing, and service-learning projects.