Q: How Do You Motivate Citizen Scientists to See the Value of 0?
By Michael Bear
I recently put the question out on the CitSci.org listserv, ‘How do you motivate citizen scientists to see the value of the ‘zero data’ point?’ We had a colorful and sometimes humorous series of replies back and forth from the various PIs on the list, unfortunately, not possible to summarize here (some involving unicorns and pixies) with most acknowledging the extent of this problem in the world of citizen science. –
See more at: http://oceanspaces.org/blog/q-how-do-you-motivate-citizen-scientists-see-value-0#sthash.bvBIECeE.dpuf
Ocean Sanctuaries Launches National Geographic’s Latest Citizen Science Tool
San Diego’s Ocean Sanctuaries has teamed up with National Geographic and is using an interactive tool for scientists, called Fieldscope, to monitor shark encounters in the San Diego area.
For more see: http://californiadiver.com/ocean-sanctuaries-rolls-out-national-geographics-latest-citizen-science-tool/
San Diego’s Newest Non-profit Aims at Ocean Conservation
“Long-time San Diego recreational and science divers Barbara Lloyd and Michael Bear have joined forces to establish an ocean conservation non-profit organization, called Ocean Sanctuaries, devoted to species conservation, ocean sustainability as well as supporting citizen science projects and documentary films which involve the ocean.”
For more, see: http://californiadiver.com/san-diegos-newest-non-profit-aims-at-species-conservation-ocean-conservation/
Medium.com: Citizen Science: An Idea Whose Time Has Come
by Michael Bear
Medium.com: “In the bad old days of ivory tower academia, only scientists with white coats and Ph.Ds were considered qualified to gather and interpret scientific data—and, God forbid you should suggest otherwise.”
Read more here: https://medium.com/editors-picks/8e3acc6f6202
April 25: Shark data collected by citizen scientists may be as reliable as data collected using automated tools, according to results published April 23, 2014, in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Gabriel Vianna from The University of Western Australia and colleagues.
Read more: http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/1113130194/dive-guides-monitoring-sharks-on-coral-reef-at-similar-level-to-telemetry-042514/#AVI7hHH6TotqG3U0.99