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

3 Engaging Citizens in Science, and Scientists in Citizen-Relevant Research and Monitoring Results 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 Photos: m. g. eliassen

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

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

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

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

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

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

12 Level 1

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14 Level 2

15 Dissolved oxygen (grey bars are night)

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17 Level 3

18 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 Reusability and Configurability

19 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)

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


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