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impact statement impact
- Large number of projects have registered and inquiries have declined; people are using the site and contributing. Citizen Science Central: http://www.citizenscience.org/ A book is expected to be published as a result.
impact statement issue
- The project was prompted by inquiries to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for help to design projects.
impact statement response
- A 2007 conference had 140 applicants for 50 slots. The Great Backyard Bird Count:(http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc) This entry-level project serves to educate the uninitiated on the basics of bird watching by engaging them in a four-day count. The citizen science application developer, Chris Marx, discovered how to generate dynamic maps quickly and work is ongoing to bring this technology to GBBC. Birds in Forested Landscapes: (http://www.birds.cornell.edu/bfl/) This project engages participants in sophisticated, focused research on birds in forests, and has focused mainly on thrushes. Our new emphasis is on environmental stressors, specifically the interaction between acid rain and mercury levels. House Finch Disease Survey: (http://www.birds.cornell.edu/hofi/) This project has tracked house finch eye disease since it jumped from poultry to wild birds in 1994.
impact statement summary
- A secondary mission of citizen science is to move beyond creation of our own programs to export citizen science methodologies to other institutions. We received notice in spring 2006 that our NSF ISE proposal, “Citizen science: development and dissemination of a model for program developers“ (Rick Bonney, PI) would be funded to conduct a workshop and develop a “Citizen Science Toolkit” with participants from a diversity of scientific outreach organizations.
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- Dickinson, Janis Lou Cornell Faculty Member