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Sharing Across Scales in Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing

Citizen science and crowdsourcing projects are thriving at every scale, from small, place-based or community efforts, to regional, national, or international projects that span boundaries. For greater impact, projects and initiatives may target a specific scale or work to span multiple scales, such as the national project that recruits local leaders for a place-based initiative, or a small-scale project that expands to new locations.

Research Round Up: Citizen Science at CSCW 2017

The annual ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW)—held this year from Febuary 25th to March 1st in Portland, Oregon—is a venue for presenting research on the technical, social, material, and theoretical challenges of designing technology to support collaborative work and life activities. Research on crowdsourcing and citizen science had a big presence at CSCW this year, with one workshop and at least five papers exploring this paradigm.

Scholarly Publication: Accounting for Privacy in Citizen Science

In citizen science, volunteers collect and share data with researchers, other volunteers, and the public at large. Data shared in citizen science includes information on volunteer location or other sensitive personal information; yet, volunteers do not typically express privacy concerns. This study uses the framework of contextual integrity to understand privacy accounting in the context of citizen science, by analyzing contextual variables including roles; information types; data flows and transmission principles; and, uses, norms, and values.

BOOK REVIEW: Citizen Science - How Ordinary People are Changing the Face of Discovery

By Caren Cooper

The Overlook Press: New York, NY, 2016