Infrastructure and Technology Support for Citizen Science Data Use and Distribution for Education and Sustainability

Infrastructure and Technology Support for Citizen Science Data Use and Distribution for Education and Sustainability

This proposal presents an integrated cyberinfrastructure development and research project to support effective distribution and use of data from a citizen science project. The BioCube project engages classrooms in generating an ecosystem census from a cubic foot of space, and the proposed cyberinfrastructure will enable data filtering and distribution to a network of partner organizations and projects who need such data for ongoing research. The proposed study will support ecological research on biodiversity and climate change in multiple projects through collaboration with the network partners; it will also produce social science research to identify the social influences that determine the effectiveness with which the data production and distribution system operates. The specific goal of the project is to test and implement the data exchange standards and lightweight technologies that will enable larger-scale data sharing and more effective data use across the citizen science community and by individual researchers, and demonstrate their utility. It addresses the following research questions: What factors facilitate or prevent participation by data producers and data consumers? How do BioCube data enrich ongoing ecology studies of invasive species, regional biodiversity, and climate change?

Duration: 
January 2015 - December 2017
Funder: 
National Science Foundation
Total Award Amount: 
$100,000

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