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Want to join a citizen science project, or run one as part of your research or teaching?

The Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing Show & Tell will show-case projects and initiatives on citizen science and crowdsourcing from a number of individuals and organisations. Join us for this mini-festival of citizen science and crowdsourcing and discover how you can be part of scientific endeavours!

Try out different citizen science projects, and talk to the researchers who run them in our Show and Tell at the National Museum of Scotland.

Participants confirmed are listed below. If you have a project you would like to demonstrate please get in touch:

Track a Tree Christine Tansey “Track a Tree is a citizen science project to record the progress of spring in woodlands across the UK.has been developed by Christine Tansey, a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh. It is supported by the Woodland Trust and funded by NERC.”
Fieldtrip GB/ Fieldtrip OSM; Tom Armitage (EDINA) Fieldtrip GB is a mobile mapping and data collection app that is available for iPhone and Android devices. It has been developed by EDINA, based at The University of Edinburgh with support from Jisc. It will allow students lecturers and researchers to collect data against high quality cartographic maps.
OPAL project Amy Styles, The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) network is a UK-wide citizen science initiative that allows you to get hands-on with nature whatever your age background or level of ability.
HeatHack; Jean Carletta “HeatHack lets the science-minded of all persuasions loose on a very interesting question: how can we make Edinburgh’s church halls and worship spaces and community centres more comfortable on less energy use? HeatHack is a collaboration between between City of Edinburgh Methodist Church and Christ Church Morningside and is funded by Scientists in Congregations Scotland and the John Templeton Foundation.”
“””My Asthma Story”” project” Melissa Goodbourn
Mapping Edinburgh’s Social History (MESH) “Eric Grosso, UoE SCHOOL OF HISTORY CLASSICS & ARCHAEOLOGY” MESH – Mapping Edinburgh’s Social History – is a path-breaking AHRC funded project that uses data based on addresses and areas to represent historical information. It provides a spatial dimension that enriches and enhances an understanding of the past.
Lightlog Gary Martin “Lightlog is an Edinburgh based project creating wearable low-cost devices that automatically record ambient light levels and colour from your environment.”
Cobweb Stephanie Farley,EDINA A Project to enable citizens living within Biosphere Reserves to collect environmental data using mobile devices
Royal Botanic Garden Elspeth Haston The RBG is using crowdsourcing to support a range of work in the herbarium (transcription geolocation and sorting etc.)
CITI-Sense project (IOM) Joanne Crawford CITI-SENSE develops “citizens’ observatories” to empower citizens to contribute to and participate in environmental governance, to enable them to support and influence community and societal priorities and associated decision making.
Wee tree trail OR Treezilla Rob Cubey (Royal Botanic Garden) Treezilla is an exciting new platform for citizen science that everyone from school children to university students and the general public can get involved with. The idea is to map every tree in Britain. This will create a data-rich platform on which a wide range of citizen science investigations can be built. Based on the OpenTreeMap project in USA the project will initially look at the ‘ecosystem services’ provided by trees.
Edinburgh Collected Alison Stoddart, Edinburgh City COuncil” I will be showcasing Edinburgh Collected www.edinburghcollected.org which is a digital solution for collecting, preserving and sharing memories of Edinburgh to develop and sustain Edinburgh Libraries’ local heritage collection.  We wanted to offer Individuals and groups an easy way to donate their pictures and memories of living, working or visiting the City.

All text and images added to Edinburgh Collected are open data to encourage development of innovative products that promote engagement with heritage and collections. The use of open source allows libraries, museums, galleries and other agencies the opportunity to develop their own version of the site.

Using Paid Crowdsourcing in Research Jasmine Kanwal and Jon Carr  Jon and Jasmine are PhD students at the University of Edinburgh Dept of Linguistics. They both use paid crowdsourcing of work to run experiments and analyse data – this enables them to access thousands of workers at instantly, and for minimal cost .  They will demonstrate the tools they use, and discuss the value and challenges of this approach.
Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) Janet Khan  SEPA run a range of citizen science projects in the environmental field, and have funded the production of a best practice guide for their design
Library Labs, Edinburgh University Libraries Claire Knowles  The University Library has started using volunteer crowdsourcing to help build metadata on the Library’s extensive image collection. More information on this site


This event is run before the public lecture at 15:00