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  1. Developing a web interface to engage citizen scientists with lake sensor data David Richardson, Barbara Benson, Kenneth Chiu, June Fichter, Kathie Weathers, and Ann Zimmerman

  2. 1,655 ha Lake Sunapee, New Hampshire, USA oligotrophic lake Lake Depth: average 11+m Watershed Area: 122 sq. km 79% forested 6% transportation/developed

  3. The Lake Sunapee Protective Association (LSPA) 100+-year old association volunteers 4.5 paid staff 350K annual budget outreach, education Focus: preserving and enhancing environmental quality of Lake Sunapee watershed and beyond Engaging Citizens in Science, and Scientists in Citizen-Relevant Research and Monitoring Results Photos: m. g. eliassen

  4. CI-TEAM Project CI-TEAM = Cyberinfrastructure Training, Education, Advancement, and Mentoring Funding: US National Science Foundation

  5. CI-TEAM Project co-create a web interface with citizen scientists to present real-time and archived lake buoy data to the lay public in accessible forms Funding: US National Science Foundation

  6. Citizen Science Ecosystem Science June Fichter and Kathie Weathers David Richardson Lake Sunapee Protective Association Barbara Benson CI-TEAM Ann Zimmerman Archer Batcheller Ken Chiu Chaitali Pandit Computer science/Info management Human-computer/data interaction

  7. Participatory Design • A philosophy and a process that involves potential users in design development of a product or technology • Concerned with usefulness and usability • Workshops with citizen-scientists (LSPA members, K-12 teachers, pre-service teachers) to co-design

  8. User-design process

  9. Buoy interface – how does it all work? photo: K. Cappillino

  10. Connecting users to sensor data Citizen scientist/User Web user interface Database connection Software

  11. Web user interface Buoy Data Level 1 - Current data Increasing data complexity and user interpretation Buoy Data Level 2 - Prepackaged graphs Buoy Data Level 3 - User selects data and display

  12. Level 1

  13. Level 1

  14. Level 2

  15. Dissolved oxygen (grey bars are night)

  16. Level 3 Level 3 Level 3

  17. Reusability and Configurability • An RDF ontology written in the Web Ontology Language framework (OWL) • Describes and configures the components of the website • Source code itself to be site-independent

  18. Looking for partners • Would this be helpful for your organization and outreach? • What technical support is needed? • What else would help extend the interface? • Could you involve the citizen scientists from your location? • (Workshop Friday at Trout Lake)

  19. Thanks CI Design Team Binghamton University Chaitali Pandit Sandesh Krishnan Rui Wang NSF OCI: #0753310 LSPA: Woody, Kathleen, Sue Photos Midge Eliassen and Kat Cappillino Workshop participants University of Wisconsin, Madison Colin Burreson Josh Oakgrove