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Thursday, May 18 • 11:15am - 12:15pm
B-02: Symposium: Waypoints of Science

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Waypoints of Science: The Design, Development and Delivery of Citizen Science as Bonafide Science
Organizers: Julia Parrish; Jake Weltzin; Andrea Wiggins
Citizen science provides the promise of a rich, deep, authentic learning experience for everyone; a chance to engage in personally meaningful science; a chance for each of us to make a difference via participation. Why? Because an ultimate aim of citsci projects is the simultaneous creation of high quality information used in research and management as well as a cadre of science-savvy participants who can speak knowledgeably about the issues they investigate. While much recent work has been devoted to learner experiences in citizen science, relatively little work has critically examined how project design, development and delivery can make - or break - scientific outputs. Thus mainstream science remains largely skeptical of citsci as a bonafide science tool. Are the science concerns the same when a project has its first $10K or is aiming at its first paper, as when the $1M grant comes in or the 50th paper is out for review? Are issues similar for projects large in spatial extent, participant numbers or data scope relative to those that are smaller, or newer? What elements, structures and feedbacks are necessary? Where are the tipping points? Where are the cliffs? In this symposium, we examine the science in citizen science: foundational considerations needed to generate high quality science where scales of data match the issue/question addressed, new knowledge is generated, and/or information is directly applied to real world problem-solving. Presentations will be framed with two conceptual models presented in the introductory talk: project lifecycle and data tipping points.

PRESENTERS:

Approaches to Development and Delivery of High-Quality Data to Facilitate Science Outcome
Jake Weltzin, USA National Phenology Network and US Geological Survey

CoCoRaHS (Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network): Abundant Science from Citizen Science
Nolan Doesken, CoCoRaHS; Colorado State University

Filling in the Blanks: Pollinator Flight Paths Using The Great Sunflower Project Data
Gretchen Lebuhn, San Francisco State University

Framing the Conversation: A Citizen Science Research Lifecycle and Data Quality Tipping Points
Andrea Wiggins, University of Maryland

Guiding Principles for Success in Citizen Science from the Zooniverse
Brooke Simmons*, UC San Diego; Lucy Fortson, University of Minnesota

Monarchs + Milkweed + Volunteers = Data: The Great, the non-so Great, and the Clearly Ugly
Carl Stenoien*, University of Minnesota; Karen Oberhauser, University of Minnesota

Synthesis and Discussion 
Julia Parrish, COASST/University of Washington


Thursday May 18, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm
Meeting Rooms 4, 5 & 6

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