Summit 2012

The 2nd Citizen Cyberscience Summit was held on February 16th – 18th, 2012 at the Royal Geographic Society & University College London

Day 1 – Thursday 16th Feb @ the Royal Geographical Society, London

On the first day we set the scene. Meeting some of the leading figures in citizen science and exploring the process of public engagement and participation, outreach of citizen science to the developing world, and the undertaking of “extreme” citizen science projects, in rain forests, the arctic tundra, or urban jungles.

See the full Thursday Programme

Day 2 – Friday 17th Feb @ University College London

On the second day we looked beneath the surface. Experts discussed the hardware and software that powers citizen cyberscience. There were panel discussions with citizen scientists about participation and engagement, and a showcase of new and future citizen science projects. The 2 Hackday streams launched in the afternoon with workshops and an Open Space for working on ideas and challenges.

See the full Friday Programme.

Day 3 – Saturday 18th Feb @ University College London

On the third day we got down to business…together! The Hackday streams continued with workshops about developing hardware and software prototypes, lightning talks with demos and mock-ups, and an Open Space to work on ideas and challenges. We wrapped up the day with a Hackday Show & Tell and the Pachube Reception.

See the full Saturday Programme.

The Hack Day

With so many inspirational examples of citizen science in action across many fields, plenty of emerging hardware and software tools that offer flexibility as well as fresh solutions, and plenty of juicy challenges just waiting to be tackled – the organisers of the 2010 Summit decided that all the right elements were in place to introduce a Hackday to the programme.

Read more about the Hack Day.

Summit 2012 coverage on GridCast

Growing the Ranks of Citizen Science - Scistarter, CERN@School Yesterday afternoon at Citizen Cyberscience Summit, I found at how the grassroots movement is developing, and gained some insight into some of the resources and tools available. We heard from Darlene Cavalier, who is an advocate for …

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Summit 2012 coverage in The Scientist Magazine

Citizen Science’s New Wave Scientists are getting more citizens than ever involved in research projects that could impact their communities. By Sabrina Richards | February 17, 2012 This week’s London Citizen Cyberscience Summit, organized by the Citizen Cyberscience Centre in Geneva, Swit…

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Summit 2012 coverage in Nature Magazine

Pygmys in the Congo map their territory using handheld Global Positioning System devices to track illegal logging and poaching. Citizen science goes ‘extreme’ Katherine Rowland 17 February 2012 Researchers push for wider use of community-generated data in science and policy-making. …

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The 2012 Summit was organised by:

The Citizen Cyberscience Centre

custom-box-imageThe mission of the Citizen Cyberscience Centre is to: (1) Promote citizen cyberscience applications by targeting research on humanitarian and development issues as well as fundamental science, by coordinating collaborative projects between scientists from North and South. (2) Organise hands-on workshops for scientists in developing countries in order to spread know-how about citizen cyberscience and its benefits for their research. (3) Provide online educational material about the research challenges addressed by citizen cyberscience projects, encouraging greater public participation.

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ExCiteS at UCL

custom-box-imageThe ExCiteS research group challenges the current mode of Citizen Science and is an interdisciplinary team that focus on ‘Extreme’ Citizen Science (ExCiteS) – it aims to develop the theories and methodologies to allow any community to start a Citizen Science project that will deal with the issues that concern them – from biodiversity to food production; it will provide a set of tools that can be used by any user, regardless of their level of literacy, to collect, analyse and act on information by using established scientific methods; & it aims to use the methodologies of Citizen Science around the globe, by developing a technology, through collaborative activities, that can involve communities from housing estates in London to hunter-gatherers and forest villagers in the Congo Basin.

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The Mobile Collective

custom-box-imageAn ‘idea-to-launch’ initiative for the collaborative development of mobile applications, products & services across many industries. (More than just apps – think data collection for Citizen Science, mHealth applications, SIM-card embedded devices, and SMS-based solutions in the developing world).

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The London eScience Centre

custom-box-imageThe London e-Science Centre based at Imperial College London is one of the eight Regional Centres in the EPSRC/DTI e-Science Core Technology programme to support the development of e-Science activities within London and the South-East through collaborations with applied scientists in the fields of Materials Modelling, Particle Physics, Bioinformatics, Environmental Modelling, Transport and Engineering.


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