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Observations of living organisms by citizen scientists that are reported to online portals are a valuable source of information. They are also a special kind of volunteered geographic information (VGI). VGI data have issues of completeness, which arise from biases caused by the opportunistic nature of the data collection process. We examined the completeness of [...]

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On December 13 and 14, the European Citizen Science Association, the project Naturblick and Berlin’s Museum of Natural History hosted a workshop on defining principles and guidelines for best practice in development of web apps and platforms in citizen science. The two-day event brought together developers, practitioners and researchers with a great variety of backgrounds, [...]

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Recently, a new open access handbook edited by Capineri, et.al and supported by the European Commission - COST Action IC1203 (ENERGIC) has been published.
This book focuses on the study of the remarkable new source of geographic information that has become available in the form of user-generated content accessible over the Internet through mobile and Web [...]

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On 19th to 21st May, the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) held its first international conference in Berlin. The event attracted scientists, practitioners, and of course citizens engaged in scientific projects from all over the world. Several tracks of presentations and discussions highlighted the current hot topics in citizen science, like learning and education through [...]

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The GIScience Research Group at Heidelberg University has contributed several chapters to the forthcoming “European Handbook of Crowdsourced Geographic Information”, edited by Capineri, C. et al. (eds.), Ubiquity Press.
This includes the following chapters and papers that have been accepted for publication from different authors of the GIScience Research Group Heidelberg:

- Research on social media feeds [...]

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We are happy to report that our task designed for the citizen science platform crowdcrafting.org was selected as their #ProjectOfTheWeek. This will help us to finish our experiment to derive information about sidewalks using Mapillary street level imagery with the support of the crowd very soon. Sidewalk information is an important resource for accessible route [...]

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Citizen Science 2015 in San Jose CA

On the 11th and 12th February 2015, the Citizen Science 2015 conference took place in San Jose, California. Two busy days of presentations, symposia and workshops provided a great opportunity to learn about and discuss the latest developments in research and practice this field. Citizen science, which has been around for some time as an [...]

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Recently a new joint project together with several groups at Heidelberg University has been accepted and is starting now. The interdisciplinary so called “Reallabor Urban Office” deals with sustainable urban development in the knowledge society and is coordinated by Prof. Gerhard (Geography of North America) and tightly linked to the Internationale Bauaustellung IBA Heidelberg.
The project [...]

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The German Federal Ecological Foundation organized together with the consortium „BürGEr schaffen WISSen (GEWISS)“ a citizen science workshop, which took place at the 26th and 27th of January. Participants from academia, industry and administration discussed recent trends and applications. Furthermore, group discussions regarding limitations and urgent problems of citizen science were also on the agenda. [...]

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During 7-11 th of July, Vespucci Initiative organized the workshop “IC1203 COST ENERGIC - VGI and Citizen Science: engaging, creating and understanding“. Having granted an award from European Commission (COST Energic), Amin Mobasheri from GIScience group of Heidelberg University attended the workshop. The week activities were articulated in practical scientific activities where participants actively contributed [...]

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