Crowdsourcing to Create Common Ground
Crowdsourcing is a powerful scientific tool that holds potential for eliminating barriers and creating common ground. When citizen scientists use this tool, what new territories for social change and scientific advancement can be explored? What social goals can be achieved that once seemed elusive?
Coordinator; Ecologist, Monitoring Matters Network; Nordic Foundation for Development and Ecology
Finn is one of the world’s foremost thinkers on how community members and scientists can co-produce knowledge. He has been working on the community side of this field in developing countries and the Arctic for over 15 years. He has collaborated with community members in many countries and he has written 23 scientific papers that are dedicated to knowledge co-production for sustainable livelihoods in developing regions.
Chris Lintott is the co-founder of the Galaxy Zoo project, one of the first online citizen science projects that led to peer-reviewed journal publications. Recognizing that there was a keen appetite by the public for participating in real science, he created and now leads the Zooniverse.org, a project that enables millions of citizen scientists around the world to contribute to several dozen online research projects by carrying out simple tasks. Chris received his PhD... Read More →
Research Associate in the Bird Population Studies and Citizen Science programs, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology
Caren has a background in wildlife ecology and conservation (PhD, Virginia Tech, MS Univ of Wyoming, BS North Carolina State Univ), with field experience with a range of taxa including black bears, Puerto Rican parrots, peregrine falcons, grasshoppers, Siberian polecats, tundra swans, and brown treecreepers in Australia. At the Lab, Caren's research addresses the questions for which our Citizen Science projects have been designed to provide the necessary data to answer. Caren's interest... Read More →
Associate Professor, University of Minnesota School of Physics and Astronomy
Dr. Fortson received her PhD from UCLA in high energy physics for work at the CERN particle accelerator in Switzerland. She was VP for Research at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago prior to joining the University of Minnesota faculty. She has used crowdsourcing in projects as diverse as the Galaxy Zoo and the Ancient Lives Project of Zooniverse. There are more to come.
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