[open-science] Citizen Cyberscience Summit 2014: Call for workshops, papers and participation

Jenny Molloy jenny.molloy at okfn.org
Tue Nov 19 08:23:04 UTC 2013

                         *Following the successful Citizen Cyberscience
Summits in 2010 and 2012 (see http://cybersciencesummit.org/
<http://cybersciencesummit.org/>), we are pleased to announce a third
meeting in London on 20-22 February 2014*.

By citizen cyberscience, we refer to the wide range of activities that
enable people from all walks of life to join in scientific projects through
internet-based applications such as contributing the unused processing
power of their computers to help scientific computing, classifying
information, using their smartphones to collect nature observations or
building their own Internet-enabled sensors to collect environmental

The summit will be structured as a 3-day event that offers scientists,
practitioners, enthusiasts, policy makers and citizen scientists the unique
opportunity to meet and discuss citizen science and citizen cyberscience,
participate in activities, and develop prototypes for new projects.

The first day (Thursday, 20th February 2014) will focus on the wide range
of citizen science activities, exploring the engagement, creativity and
participation, outreach of citizen science to the developing world, and the
undertaking of citizen science projects in challenging environments (e.g.
in a rainforest or the Arctic). We also welcome talks that deal with the
growing policy and environmental management implications of citizen science.

For the second day (Friday, 21st February 2014) we are calling for
presentations on the technical aspects of citizen science, such as: the
need for suitable hardware and software; or panels discussing with citizen
scientists about their perceptions, participation and engagement; or a
showcase of citizen science projects. Based upon the success of this event
in 2012, we will launch a ‘think camp’/’hackfest’, which will carry on to
the next day and is aimed at developing demonstrations of hardware and
software that can be used in citizen science projects or simply a
concentrated discussion on a specific topic of interest.

The final day (Saturday, 22nd February 2014) will include further
conference sessions, workshops and development of prototypes, with an
afternoon talk, presentations and awards for the best prototypes.

Overall, we hope to cover a range of topics of relevance to citizen science
research, including: technical aspects of citizen science such as use of
sensors; applications of smartphones for data collection or in combination
with external sensors; linking the Internet of Things (IoT) and citizen
science – sensor networks to human sensors; motivations, incentives and
engagement patterns; citizen science with indigenous and low-literacy
communities; social science, ethnographic and anthropological aspects of
citizen science and creativity and learning in citizen science.

During the summit, there will be an opportunity to present short papers,
run panels, organise workshops or provide showcase demonstrations. *We
would like to invite anyone interested in participating in this way to
submit brief proposals of up to 750 words using the form:
http://bit.ly/15SWBnw <http://bit.ly/15SWBnw>*

Proposals should be submitted by *31st December 2013*

Registration will open in mid-December; full details will be available on
our website soon: http://cybersciencesummit.org/.

We look forward to hearing from you and hope that you’ll be able to join us
at the summit.

Best regards,
The Citizen Cyberscience Summit Organising Committee

           *Our mailing address is:*
excites at ucl.ac.uk

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