Learning data "naturally": Engaging communities in the scientific process with iNaturalist [slides]

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Megan Carlton, Science Librarian and Assistant Professor (Creator)
Jo Klein, Geospatial and Data Visualization Librarian and Assistant Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: Slides from an on-demand presentation available at the 2021 Special Libraries Association Conference from August 3-14, 2021. Public participation in scientific research through citizen science is gaining popularity across the world. Through data collection, citizen scientists contribute to the creation of open and research-grade data and build data literacy skills. Academic librarians are often uniquely positioned to promote citizen science projects both in the classroom and among community advocates, connecting researchers with life-long learners for the benefit of open science. During this pre-recorded session, participants will ‘naturally’ engage with the process of science and learn data literacy skills such as data collection and sharing, by contributing to an iNaturalist dataset. Participants will also be encouraged to pose questions, analyze data, draw conclusions, and communicate findings by exploring data collected by conference attendees from around the world. All SLA attendees can get involved with this session through an iNaturalist project created just for the 2021 conference.

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Language: English
Date: 2021
citizen science, iNaturalist, data literacy, STEM

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