Citizen Science Big Data Challenge

Analysing Citizen Science, Social Media and Environmental Volunteering information: what can we learn?

Help us brainstorm new ideas about how we can combine citizen science data with social media, geographic information, open data and linked data

What kind of knowledge about the relationship between volunteers and their environment can we get by combining these data sources?

The growth in availability of data from social media, citizen science and other sources in recent year make it possible to understand new things about who is participating, what they are gaining from the participation and how it is possible to support volunteers better.

We are aware that other people in the area of citizen science are also looking at analysis of data from multiple sources, and the summit is an opportunity to share methods, work together and learn from each other.

The aim of the task is to identify and use a host of geospatial analytical methods to explore a range of questions. For example, we will look at Environmental Volunteering and wellbeing as well as the evidence for cultural ecosystem services from citizen science data.

Visit our session right after the pitches at 11 in room 217 to learn more about the challenge. Or stop by our table at the Hack Day during the afternoon for some inspiration about combining citizen science with other data sources; we’ll post the best ideas on our blog.

Bring along your own data—we would like each person to bring their own data sets and let’s share methodologies and insights! And don’t forget your laptop—we want to get down to some real hacking with the data.

For more information, please contact Gianfranco Gliozzo ( g.gliozzo at )

This heatmap, which displays the comparative density of images posted to the geograph project ( overlaid on a map, shows how different kinds of data can be combined to produce new information.