Whether through grassroots action or technology-mediated crowdsourcing, there has been a rapid increase in public participation in scientific research (citizen science, volunteer monitoring, Pro-Am partnerships, community-based research and more).
The success of these initiatives takes dedication not just from volunteers, but from organizers, educators, scientists, data managers, technology specialists, evaluators, and others. Practitioners (paid or unpaid) work to design, support, and implement projects, manage and use data, and evaluate and research individual initiatives or the practice itself.
We can speed innovation by sharing insights across projects and fields of study. A 2012 PPSR Conference in Portland, Oregon, engaged over 300 practitioners to share talks and posters about a diverse range of disciplines and practices .
The Portland conference also launched, with overwhelming support, the idea of developing an Association to support this field of practice (download a brief summary report).
Since the Portland conference, four steering committees have been working to articulate concrete proposals to present for community discussion, covering ideas for Association governance, conferences, web communications, and a journal.
On September 17th, 2013, 1-2:30pm EST, a webinar was held to present this first phase of work and move towards broader engagement in the development of plans and resources for the Association. You can download the the archived webinar here (and the necessary WebEx player here).
For announcements about the Association progress and other occasional updates about field-building activities and events, join a news-based listserv.
You are also encouraged to bring your own news and ideas to the table. Share questions, innovations, and announcements among peers in this field via a discussion listserv. Or, comment directly on the plans for building an association.