Book Launch invitation

Last month the book ‘Geographic Citizen Science Design: No one left behind’, edited by Dr Artemis Skarlatidou and Prof.  Muki Haklay, was published Open Access by UCL Press (view or download here).  

On the 23rd of March, from 5 to 6pm (GMT) (which is unfortunately at the inconvenient hour of 4am AEDT) you are invited to a book launch event, which includes a keynote by Susanne Hecker, Chair of the European Citizen Science Association. Other speakers include Dr Antonella Radicchi and Simon Hoyte who will discuss their chapters on soundscape research using the Hush City App and addressing illegal poaching in Cameroon using Sapelli and a Q&A session.

If you would like to attend the event please use this link to register where you can also view a more detailed agenda for the evening. After you register you will receive a confirmation email with information about how to join the meeting.

“Geographic Citizen Science Design: No one left behind

‘Geographic Citizen Science Design: No one left behind’ takes an anthropological and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) stance to provide the theoretical and methodological foundations to support the design, development and evaluation of citizen science projects and the development of applications, which eliminate usability barriers and can be used by everyone. In the first part, four chapters provide the theoretical and technological foundations for geographic citizen science and provide an in-depth overview of HCI and anthropological principles and methods. In the second and third part, through a careful selection of 12 case studies from the Global North and South, the book provides insights into the design and interaction barriers and the lessons learned from the engagement of a very diverse set of participants with geographic citizen science applications. Looking at the field through the lenses of specific case studies the book captures the current state-of-the-art in research and development of geographic citizen science and provides critical insight to inform technological innovation and future research in this area.

The book, which is dedicated to the memory of our beloved colleague and friend Gill Conquest, was inspired by the Workshop “Lessons learned from Volunteers’ Interactions with Geographic Citizen Science” which took place on the 27th of April 2018 at University College London, organised and run by the Extreme Citizen Science group (more information here). This was the first ever workshop organised to discuss and share experiences from the field with particular emphasis on how people interact with citizen science applications, usability barriers and how these can be addressed. The event was attended by over 50 people with participants from all over Europe, Africa, Brazil and Canada. The book includes a foreword by Professor Jenny Preece (Citizen Science: Theory and Practice Editor-in-Chief; Professor and Dean Emerita, University of Maryland Information School). 

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