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Where Our Crowd Funders Come From

Notes from Nature is a project that spans the United States, and in the future, will hopefully span the globe.  Our citizen scientists certainly come from around the world.  I’ve put together a map to look at where our crowd funders come from thus far.  How far can we reach in getting support and expanding this project?

Take a look at where our current crowd funders come from and click on the map to go to our campaign page.

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10% of Crowd Funding Campaign Goal Reached!

Screen Shot 2013-10-01 at 4.15.22 PMIf you love Notes from Nature, you may be interested to know that we reached the first 10% of our crowd funding campaign goal at the end of the first week!  We presently have 27 contributors and are eager to share this effort with many more.  Funds from this campaign will help us to hire student interns who will focus entirely on communications and outreach between the scientists on the team and the citizen scientists who make such an important contribution to the project.  Thank you to everyone who has helped make this as a success so far.  We hope you’ll share the message!

Visit the campaign page here:  https://uva.useed.net/projects/84/home

Support Notes from Nature!

We are happy to announce the launch of our crowd funding campaign!

Screen Shot 2013-09-23 at 10.51.37 AMWe believe that citizen scientists can play a significant role in helping researchers gain access to the wealth of information held within the more than 2 billion biological specimens around the world.  Access to this information is critical for answering all sorts of questions ranging from how species change to the effects of public policies.  In this campaign, we will be raising money to support the Notes from Nature citizen science crowd sourcing project through the hiring of student interns who will strengthen our engagement between the science teams and the vital citizen scientists.  The crowd funding campaign and this specific internship work is being managed through our partners at the University of Virginia, but will support outreach activities across the entire Notes from Nature community.

We just launched our fundraising campaign today with a goal to raise $10,000. Although we have 45 days to raise this money, we are hoping to start out strong! Every gift counts, so I hope you will join us in supporting this cause.  Please share this message with your friends and family, and anyone who you think may be interested in this exciting citizen science project.

Visit our campaign page:  https://uva.useed.net/projects/84/home

Kicking-off a crowd funding campaign on Monday!

We have some exciting news:  this coming Monday we’ll be launching a crowd funding campaign to support outreach and engagement of the Notes from Nature citizen science community.   This is a big step for us, and very important, as citizen scientists are the lifeblood of this and all citizen science projects.  We will use the funds generated through this campaign to hire student interns who will focus on writing about the Notes from Nature collections, research, and maintaining communications across the community.  This will allow us to build stronger connections between our citizen scientists and the researchers working with collections, particularly as we continue to add more exciting collections from around the country and world.

We hope that you’ll take a look at our campaign and consider contributing, share with your family and friends, or simply continue to support Notes from Nature through participation as a citizen scientist.   Please see our campaign here:  https://uva.useed.net/projects/84/home

Be sure to watch the video on our campaign page, too!  We specifically highlight the Mountain Lake Biological Collection and several team members from the University of Virginia.

250,000 Transcriptions!

Since our launch several months ago, the Notes from Nature citizen science community has transcribed 250,000 specimen labels!  This is an incredible achievement, and shows promise for where this project can go.  We’re indebted to the citizen scientists out there who love this work and have taken it upon themselves to contribute to science in this way.

Some highlights:

  • Over 3,500 citizen scientists from around the globe participating
  • Over 8,800 plant specimens completed (completion requires at least three transcriptions to ensure quality through consensus)
  • Over 16,000 insect specimens completed (same requirement as plants)
  • Over 25 bird ledger pages completed – these are WAY more time intensive, and were only added days ago (same completion requirement as others)

We’ve learned a lot during this period, and are now in the process of figuring out where to go next, and how to involve bigger crowds of citizen scientists and more interesting collections from around the world.  Our recent call for new collections has garnered interest from curators across the US and Europe, and we hope more will be in contact soon.  It’s a very exciting time.

Thank you for all your support!

Get your collection into Notes from Nature

This is the moment that many have been waiting for, and that we’ve been trying to figure out how best to handle for several months.  We think we finally have a process in place to receive and evaluate the addition of new collections into Notes from Nature through a variety of pathways.  This process will hopefully allow appropriate consideration of including Notes from Nature on grant proposals, in contributing new collection specimen and receiving data back, and much more.  Now that we are nearly at 250,000 transcriptions in only the first several months, we are excited by the prospects of putting this prototype system to work for the remaining BILLION OR MORE specimen on hold in collections around the world.  We are eager to hear your ideas for adding new content, expanding functionality, and finding ways to continue this project as an engaging citizen science effort and to make it a sustainable community resource.

If you are a collection curator and would like to see your collection become part of Notes from Nature, please visit our About page and read the lower portion describing “How to become a participant in Notes from Nature”.  The most important part is to complete the Application for Inclusion form at the end, which is what we need to know to consider your proposals.

-Andrew Sallans

Notes from Nature vs. English Premier League

If you are an avid Notes from Nature fan and tried to visit the site this past weekend while in the UK, you may have noticed that you could not access it.  Zooniverse team member Chris Lintott offers an explanation of what happened in this Notes from Nature vs. English Premier League match:  http://blog.zooniverse.org/2013/08/15/not-the-premier-league-how-zooniverse-got-blocked-by-the-courts/

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