In the context of the NASA-funded Digital Earth Watch (DEW) project, we have an opportunity to explore the citizen science universe through the lenses of front line practitioners such as Kitty from the Cornell Ornithology Lab and Kirsten and Sandra from Budburst at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. Our "models" and inspirations are evoked in the presentation I gave at the DEW workshop in April.
- To investigate a “crowdsourcing” application to collect, organize, analyze and share PicturePost submissions.
- To explore ways in which users could “design” their own window into the DEW project, by composing their own web pages.
- To visualize PicturePost data in intriguing and sophisticated ways.
- To experiment with a set of social networking services that will foster interaction with the global data repository and with other users across the globe.
- To prototype a series of electronic alert and reminder systems to invite users to collect data at crucial times of the year.
- To experiment with alternative observation methods that do not require a physical picturepost (the “virtual” picturepost).
- To allow others to contribute new online analytical or visualization functions and share them with the community.
Look for a "CitizenPipe" entry later.
The best is yet to come...