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CitizenScience.org redesign in progress!

Over the summer and fall of 2013, CitizenScience.org is undergoing a long-awaited redesign!

By the end of 2013, we will have a much improved site, to better serve the needs of this growing field! We are looking forward to enhancing aspects such as:

  • Site identity:
    • clarity about who the site aims to serve
    • look/feel that represents a broad range of project types and practitioner interests
    • professional, consistent design
  • User-focused functionality:
    • open access to all content, with...
    • log-in enabled access to features and services including:
      • curating project details in real time, across multiple partner sites
      • personal profile pages linked to projects, events, publications, discussions, and more
  • Keeping things fresh:
    • Front-page highlights of new and timely content
    • Featured projects and community members
    • Calendar of events, conferences, webinars
    • User-contributed job postings, RFPs, etc.
  • Navigation:
    • features and functionality that draw connections between users and content of interest
    • cleaner navigation bars
    • improved organization of content
Early visions for site improvements have been informed by a 2010 survey of listserv members (we planned ahead!) and through intensive user testing in December 2012 and June 2013 (see below for a list of participants). In August 2013, we're inviting wider feedback on desired features of specific pages (click here to take part).


Thanks to...  

The following individuals took part in intensive interviews and focus groups to inform these visions for the new site:

LoriAnne Barnett, USA National Phenology Network
Ileana Betancourt, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Hillary Burgess, University of Washington
Darlene Cavalier, SciStarter.com
Rhiannon Crain, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Colin Dixon, University of California-Davis
Shannon Dosemagen, Public Labs
Ben Duncan, Multnomah County Health Department
Hilary Geoghegan, University College, London
Michelle Haggerty, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
Sepp Haukebo, NOAA Education Office
Karen James, Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory
Kate Litle, Washington Sea Grant
Jason Martin, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Kim McKee, Appalachian Trail Conservancy
John McLaughlin, NOAA Education Office
Holly Menninger, Your Wild Life
Greg Newman, CitSci.org
Noah Newman, CoCoRaHS
Pam Nippolt, University of Minnesota Extension
Christy Pattengill-Semmens, REEF
Hillary Rosner, science journalist
Arfon Smith, The Adler Planetarium
Kris Stepenuck, UW-Extension, Water Action Volunteers
John Tweddle, Natural History Museum, London
Tim Vargo, Urban Ecology Center
Julie Vastine, ALLARM
Alison Young, California Academy of Sciences

We are looking for more input!  

Interested in offering flash-feedback website features? Over the period of August 5-16, 2013, we are recruiting people to look at an outline for a single web page, and respond to a prompt such as, “On this page, it would be great if I could....” The response process should take no more than 15 minutes.

Opportunities to participate will depend on the response (go ahead and overwhelm us!). And, while we can't promise to fulfill all dreams, knowing what your dreams are will help enhance what we do put into place.

Please fill out the form below to indicate your interest, and we will be in touch with details on sharing feedback.

(as date has past, this form is now closed)

Citizen science, volunteer monitoring, participatory action research... this site supports organizers of all initiatives where public participants are involved in scientific research.

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