Missouri Botanical Garden Open Conference Systems, TDWG 2014 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

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Citizen Science and the Atlas of Living Australia
Paul Kenneth Flemons

Building: Elmia Congress Centre, Jönköping
Room: Rydbergsalen
Date: 2014-10-30 12:15 PM – 12:30 PM
Last modified: 2014-10-03

Abstract


Citizen Science (CS) in Australia as elsewhere has been around for a long time in a very informal sense.  Recently there have been efforts to formalise and coordinate our CS efforts with the creation of Citizen Science Network Australia. It has a number of institutions involved such as the Australian and Queensland Museums, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and Earthwatch.

There has been some conjecture on how broadly to define CS, however at the Australian Museum and the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA), we take an inclusive approach, as we feel that anybody who is not formally employed and contributes to science in some way can fall under the CS umbrella and be included in efforts to maximise the benefits of their efforts.

The Australian Museum runs a number of Citizen Science projects ranging from well-coordinated and funded field-based projects, such as Streamwatch, to volunteer-based collection digitisation projects like DigiVol. The Atlas of Living Australia is playing an important role in providing infrastructure for many CS projects.

I will present examples of CS activities in Australia and the role ALA is playing in supporting them.