The Irish Times: Calling citizen scientists to save nature with a database

The Irish Times: Calling citizen scientists to save nature with a database. “Work, life and values seem to be happily, even enviably, intermeshed for Liam Lysaght, director of the National Biodiversity Data Centre…. The centre has so far collated 3,500,000 records from the historical and contemporary research of dozens of organisations and hundreds of specialists, professional and amateur. It has augmented this knowledge with a remarkable 500,000 new records from 6,000 (and counting) citizen scientists that flow in daily.”

GovTech: Cities Drowning in Data Turn to ‘Citizen Scientists’

GovTech: Cities Drowning in Data Turn to ‘Citizen Scientists’. “In the public sector, citizen data scientists range from volunteers to government workers. Dr. Matt Willis, a public health officer for Marin County, Calif., uses citizen data scientists to tackle a range of problems, from finding better ways to manage the county’s emergency services to stemming the exploding opioid epidemic. He’s excited by the potential and says that it’s increasingly important for governments to ‘provide tools that allow people who are not analysts to conduct analytical research.’”

From binoculars to big data: Citizen scientists use emerging technology in the wild (O’Reilly Radar)

O’Reilly Radar: From binoculars to big data: Citizen scientists use emerging technology in the wild. “For years, citizen scientists have trekked through local fields, rivers, and forests to observe, measure, and report on species and habitats with notebooks, binoculars, butterfly nets, and cameras in hand. It’s a slow process, and the gathered data isn’t easily shared. It’s a system that has worked to some degree, but one that’s in need of a technology and methodology overhaul.”

University of Arizona: National Phenology Network Hits 10M Records

University of Arizona: National Phenology Network Hits 10M Records. “The U.S. Geological Survey-funded USA National Phenology Network, hosted within the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Science’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment, has enabled people across the country to collect and share information on phenology of plants and animals since 2009. And because people love observing nature and reporting what they see so much, the National Phenology Database has just crossed the threshold of 10 million records.”