The NSW Department of Planning Industry and Environment has launched the SEED Citizen Science Hub to support and grow citizen science in NSW. The hub sits on the SEED (Sharing and Enabling Environmental Data) platform, which is an openly accessible and trusted platform for environmental data. The hub provides many benefits for scientists and data users, project organisers and participants alike, including project registration and promotion, networking and data access, interest from volunteers curious about projects in their local area or finding online projects they can contribute to from home. The hub increases the impact your contributions can have by being openly available to communities, scientists and decision makers. The hub harnesses the enthusiasm, interest and efforts of citizen scientists to enrich the range and depth of data available, to be used as part of the rigorous evidence base for scientific and government decision making.
Hosting a citizen science project based in NSW? The SEED Citizen Science team would love to hear from you to help connect your project to the hub. Some of the benefits include promoting your project to a wider volunteer base, access to best-practice advice on how to set up, run and evaluate your citizen science projects. You can share resources with other users and boost the impact of your project by making your data available for environmental decision making. Contact the SEED team here.
You can find out more about the hub by attending a webinar on Wednesday 22 July 1-2pm. This webinar is suited for citizen science project organisers and will focus on how you can navigate and use the hub to connect your project, find volunteers and ensure your data is useful and available for public use. Click here to register.