Researchers using social networking, iPhone-bearing citizen scientists to collect data

CNN reports that technologies like social networks and iPhones are helping “citizen scientists” collect data on climate change. As photographs and other data are collected, they are sent in real-time to researchers, complete with GPS coordinates. In addition, the article notes that “researchers at several universities are working on iPhone applications and computer programs that could analyze digital photos of plant leaves and automatically identify the plant’s species.” These applications are being developed to ensure data are collected properly and are suitable for research.

For what it’s worth, we’ve looked to the iPhone for its potential at gathering data from the field since its debut nearly two years ago. While the Stratepedia toolkit will continue to be web-based, we’re working toward mobile-optimized versions of tools like Coaching Calendar and Tutoractive to make them easier to use when you’re on the go. Stay tuned to our blog for updates on these services.

(via Switched)


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Aaron Sumner

Aaron Sumner is the Director of Technology for Research and Development at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning. He has worked in web development and instructional technology since 1994.