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Discussion on software tools for citizen science

Darlene Cavalier of hosts a discussion asking about your hopes and dreams for software tools for your project.

(From the e-list, 9 NOV 2012. Interested in subscribing? Click here!)

Darlene Cavalier at SciStarter has inspired and is hosting a week-long discussion to brainstorm different tools and platforms for citizen science, and hear out some of your frustrations, hopes, and dreams for tools for your project. She's doing this with an eye to helping inspire future tools, so weigh in now to help design the future for citizen science!  Here's Darlene's introduction to this discussion:

"With the rapid proliferation of online citizen science web sites has come a diversity of different technical and social approaches to engaging citizens in the process of gathering data to support science research.  With support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Azavea, a geospatial software engineering firm, and SciStarter, an on line community for citizen science, are collaborating to evaluate a representative set of online citizen science software tools.

The evaluation effort will analyze existing online citizen science tools and platforms for their technology, extensibility, visualization, and engagement features in order to better understand their ability to support a diverse and growing catalog of citizen science projects. The results of this research will be made available to the public as a report in January 2013.  But we need your help.
We would love to hear about the software tools you are using or plan to use for your projects.  This may include software specifically created to support citizen science projects or custom tools you are developing."

There are so many tools and platforms right now that it can be hard to know where to start... share your thoughts and questions, and we can all get a better sense of this landscape... and hopefully also influence its future!

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