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Citizen Science Projects

… also known as Networked Science, Community Science and Public Science projects, there are groups that have long histories and a lot of success at keeping an eye on things and figuring things out!

Find out how you can get involved in your community by checking out the links provided here or, by doing a community-based Google search using your home town, along with ‘Citizen Science’ as keywords.  Do you know of or are you involved in any community science projects that are not listed here?  Let me know in the comments section and we can get them linked!

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Global Projects

Air Quality Egg  –  This project does cost a little bit to get started as it requires you to own an air quality sensing device.  But, check it out anyways!  The data being collected by the volunteers in this project, is available to everyone.  The project is providing real time, live data on the air that we breath.

The Great Backyard Bird Count  –  People around the world are counting the birds, every February since 1988!  Get involved, make it an event, count birds, share your data!  In 2013 birds were counted in 111 countries.  With your participation, we can make it all countries…..

The Morning Tomato Report  –  This is a community networking and engagement project.  Help further our understanding on all sorts of topics by engaging in discussions about relevant subjects by commenting on or or writing a precis (a summary) of a non-fiction article, book or speech.

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North American Projects

Bug Guide  –  Capturing bugs with photographs and posting not just the photos but the where and when is helping entomologists learn about bug behaviour.

Bumble Bee Watch  –  Take a photo, upload it to this site, record the where and when, find the species, and you are helping to track and locate rare and endangered species of bees as well as to record their habits.

Celebrate Urban Birds  –  Pick a place and then just watch for birds for 10 minutes.  Report your observations.  Your data set will help the scientists at the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology determine how urban birds are doing.

Christmas Bird Count  –  Started in 1900 by the Audubon Society, volunteering for the Bird Count is as easy as letting them know you are interested!  Make it a family event and check out your feathery neighbors….

eBird  –  Join the community, record the birds you see, share your sightings with others!  Another Cornelle University Citizen Science project.  This project is about sighting rare and endangered species.  There is also tracking of migratory birds and some amazing pages and photographs!

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South American Projects

Celebrate Urban Birds  –  Pick a place and hen just watch birds for 10 minutes.  Report your observations.  Your data set will help the scientists at the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology determine how urban birds are doing.

Christmas Bird Count  –  Started in 1900 by the Audubon Society, volunteering for the Bird Count is as easy as letting them know you are interested!  Make it a family event and check out your feathery neighbors….

eBird  –  Join the community, record the birds you see, share your sightings with others!  Another Cornelle University Citizen Science project.  This project is about sighting rare and endangered species.  There is also tracking of migratory birds and some amazing pages and photographs!

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Canadian Projects

British Columbia

Wild Whales BC Cetacean Sightings Network  –  This is a project where individuals provide information on whale, dolphin, porpoise and turtle sightings along the coast of British Columbia.  If you are on or near the coast, you can be involved.

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USA Projects

Project BudBurst  –  This is a climate mapping project that has citizens all over the US watching and recording plant growth and change.  The data collected is being used to help climatologists understand what is happening to growing seasons as our climate changes.

New York

Woodland Pool Project –  The Hudson River Estuary Program and the Cornell University Department of Natural Resources have a way for you to enlist as a citizen scientist by volunteering to observe woodland pools and wildlife in your area.

Gowanus Canal Project  –  This one is important and fun!  Participant tagging.  There is a robot taking pictures of the canal as the canal is undergoing cleanup.  There are lots of pictures and what has been captured needs to be identified and tagged.  Just log in and lend a hand….

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Annotated List (with Links) of University Lab, Publications Lists – This is a Work in Progress…

This is a Work in Progress…

Searching is easy, until we can’t find something that we need….  This list might help.  It takes us to places that Google generally cannot get into unless you know very specific key words to use.  This is usually the entire title of the article!  In fact, if there is something on one of these list that you have trouble finding, try copying and pasting the ‘entire’ title into this search box.  If that doesn’t work, send me a note and I will try to help….

This will be a very long list and it will be added to whenever I find new and interesting lists to add to it!  If you know of a publication list that you would like to see added here, please let me know  —  this type of list can be really hard to find….

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Anthropology

Kwantlen Polytechnic University 

The Anthropology Faculty  –  Most of the instructors and professors in this department and are published.  Most have also provided at least a partial list of their writing and there is some very interesting writing here!

Anthropology Department Resource List  –  There are some amazing links here.  If you are looking for information on pretty much anything anthropology related, spend a few free clicks through this page.

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Biology

Michigan State University

Richard E. Lenski  –  The Experimental Evolution page is a very long list of some incredibly amazing work!  Track the progress of the 50,000 Generation Project by going back through time (and articles) to get real details and real information!

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Chemistry

Kwantlen Polytechnic University  –  There is a good list of web sites, databases and other university chemistry departments here.    I will be checking some of these links out soon.

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Classical Studies

University of Winnipeg

Classic Studies Faculty  –  Full and partial publication lists of faculty members.  I just found these lists and have not gone through them too thoroughly yet.

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Criminology

Kwantlen Polytechnic University  –  There is only one faculty showing off their writing skills here.  Greg Jenion.   However, the Resources page here is fairly well stocked with good links!

University of Winnipeg  –  Criminal Justice Department Resource List.  I have checked out a few of these links and, if you are willing to put in a few clicks, you may find some publications lists that are absolutely amazing!

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Ecology

University of British Columbia  –  The Hinch Lab is an incredible source of information on Wild Salmon!   The articles listed here are from 1986 to present and every article I have looked at is well written with an excellent reference list!

University of Winnipeg  – 

The Publications List at the Lingle Lab is a good source for interesting local information.

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Environmental Protection

Kwantlen Polytechnic University  –  A good starting place for information on protecting the environment and staying safe doing it!

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Gender Studies

University of Winnipeg  –  Most of the professors and instructors listed here have a biography which includes some very interesting publications lists.

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Geography

Kwantlen Polytechnic University  –  The Geography Department has a fair resources page.    Several of the links will take you to resources pages of larger universities.  I will be checking them out!

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History

University of Winnipeg  –  There are a couple of professors teaching Mennonite history here.  There are publications lists.

–  German-Canadian Studies.  This department has compiled an excellent list of articles and books.

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Mathematics

Kwantlen Polytechnic University  –  There are some sources here that you will find very helpful whether you are studying for exams or just trying to figure out the math that the local newspaper is using to convince you of something (well, maybe not…)

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Political Science

University of Winnipeg  –  The faculty list has a bio for every professor and many of the bios do include publication lists.

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Urban and Inner-City Studies

University of Winnipeg  –  This goes to the  faculty page for Urban and Inner-City Studies.  There are some well published professors here.

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Working Title: Predictions in regards to the Canadian Industrial Labour Force based on Census Data

As you scroll down you might notice that the precis is missing….  This is because, well, because it is missing….  This morning I have decided to put my “works in progress” into this blog.

This is also an open invitation for you to write a precis on this article.  It is a rather intimidating article.  I have found though, that the more I read through these intimidating articles, they more they become familiar and the information they contain is easier and easier to understand.  This is why this one is here.  A precis will follow — I just don’t know quite when.

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Article:  Small Area Prediction of Proportions with Applications to the Canadian Labour Force Survey  –  pdf

Authors:  Emily J. Berg and Wayne A. Fuller

Source:  Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology2014, 2 (3), pages 227-256

Stable doi:  10.1093/jssam/smu011

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My copy was downloaded on November 17, 2014.

I found the original article through a Google Scholar search using, as a keyword, the letter “A”.  (This form of search is wonderful if you are looking for something truly random!)  My “Free” copy of this article came from herehttp://jssam.oxfordjournals.org/content/2/3/227.short