Biodiversity Heritage Library - Purposeful Gaming Project Team Missouri Botanical GardenTrish Rose-Sandler, Data Project Coordinator, Center for Biodiversity InformaticsWilliam UIate, Senior Project Coordinator, Center for Biodiversity InformaticsMike Lichtenberg, Programmer, Center for Biodiversity InformaticsStephen Kappel, Programmer, Center for Biodiversity InformaticsDoug Holland, Director, Peter H. Raven LibraryMike Blomberg, Imaging Lab Coordinator, Peter H. Raven LibraryChuck Miller, Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information OfficerErnst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard UniversityJames Hanken, Director of the Museum of Comparative ZoologyConstance Rinaldo, Librarian of the Ernst Mayr Library Joe deVeer, Project Manager Robert Young, Special Collections Librarian The LuEsther T. Original Proposal & Schedule
UK BAP The UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UK BAP) was published back in 1994, and was the UK Government’s response to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which the UK signed up to in 1992 in Rio de Janeiro. The UK was the first country to produce a national biodiversity action plan, and the UK BAP described the biological resources of the UK and provided detailed plans for conservation of these resources. Action plans for the most threatened species and habitats were set out to aid recovery, and national reports, produced every three- to five-years, showed how the UK BAP was contributing to the UK’s progress towards the significant reduction of biodiversity loss called for by the CBD. To support the work of the UK BAP, the UK BAP website was created by JNCC in 2001. The website contained information on the BAP process, hosted all relevant documents, and provided news and relevant updates. 'Conserving Biodiversity – the UK Approach' (2007)
50 Really Cool Online Tools for Science Teachers A 21st-century education revolves around the Internet for everything from collaboration, tools, lessons, and even earning degrees online. If you are looking for ways to integrate online learning into your science class or science degree programs, then take a look at these cool online tools that are just perfect for both teachers and students. Science Tools to Use with Students These tools offer opportunities for learning about climate, cells, the human body, nature, and more. ChemiCool. Share this periodic table with your class for an easy to use tool with information on each of the specific elements.GPS Activities and Lesson Plans.
Web - Introduction Introduction ■ Director's Discourse ■ Tellus Border ■ BT Young Scientist ■ Geoscience Ireland ■ My Internship ■ Photography Challenge ■ INFOMAR ■ Economic Benefits for Ireland and UK ■ Sinkholes in Ireland ■ European Space Expo ■ Earthquake shakes South East ■ Staff News Introduction Welcome to Issue No. 14 of Geology Matters, The Newsletter of the Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI). Citizen science blog Meet the Museum's core citizen science team. First up, it's Lucy: Lucy Robinson Citizen Science Programme Manager "Hello!
Tree of Life Web Project The Tree of Life Web Project (ToL) is a collaborative effort of biologists and nature enthusiasts from around the world. On more than 10,000 World Wide Web pages, the project provides information about biodiversity, the characteristics of different groups of organisms, and their evolutionary history (phylogeny). Each page contains information about a particular group, e.g., salamanders, segmented worms, phlox flowers, tyrannosaurs, euglenids, Heliconius butterflies, club fungi, or the vampire squid. Gatsby - Support for practical science in schools In April 2012, following a period of research, we began a 2 year programme supporting practical science in schools and colleges, focused on better assessment, improved access to teaching resources, and strengthened roles for technicians and senior leaders. We believe that school and college students in the UK deserve a rich and varied programme of practical activities as part of their science education in order to provide them with the motivation and skills needed to progress to higher education, STEM employment and to become scientifically engaged citizens. In Spring 2011 Gatsby began work to build an accurate picture of the health of practical work in secondary school science in order to understand how best to support it in the future. Since that time we have: Briefings from the research conducted are downloadable from the right hand side of this page.
The Facebook of plant science By building PhotosynQ – a handheld device with sensors and an online data-sharing and analysis platform – a team of Michigan State University researchers is creating the plant-science equivalent of Facebook. Following the trail blazed by successful social media networks, the team is giving away patentable devices at a nominal fee, building an active global community of plant science enthusiasts and sharing all data collected from around the world. The goal is to allow even citizen scientists to make research-quality measurements, said David Kramer, MSU Hannah Distinguished Professor in Photosynthesis and Bioenergetics. “We’ve built a platform that everyone can access through their cell phones,” he said. “We want to create a community that sees a 12-year-old student in China ask a question about a drought-resistant plant.
Citizen scientists discover new plant species in the Cape Floral Kingdom Amateur botanists in the Western Cape Province of South Africa have discovered two new species of beautiful blue-flowered legumes. The study was published in the open access journal PhytoKeys. Few people take the chance to tramp the empty rolling ranges of mountains and the fragmented and jagged coastline of the Southern Cape in South Africa. Citizen Science Uses Art to Unlock Scientific Knowledge Citizen Science in Science Gossip Since the release of Science Gossip a little less than a month ago, 3,600 volunteers have enthusiastically completed 160,000 classifications of natural history illustrations from the pages of 19th century science periodicals! As a result, the periodicals Recreative Science and Midland Naturalist are now fully classified and both the Magazine of Natural History and Journal of Zoology, Botany, Mineralogy, Geology and Meteorology and the Intellectual Observer are nearly complete (approximately 80%).
Citizen Science/class - iDigBio Citizen science involves the public in the generation of scientific knowledge. With a new professional society and an emerging journal, citizen science has reached a stage of explosive growth with new opportunities for citizen scientists appearing weekly. This course is open to graduate students from any discipline but might be of greatest interest to those in the sciences and education. Topics will include, but are not limited to, project typologies, best practices, project evaluation, user motivations, broadening participant diversity, and data quality.