Facilitating the Development and Evaluation of a Citizen Science Web site: A Case Study of Repeat Photography and Climate Change in Southwest Alaska's National Parks

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TitleFacilitating the Development and Evaluation of a Citizen Science Web site: A Case Study of Repeat Photography and Climate Change in Southwest Alaska's National Parks
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsMullen, KC, Newman, G, Thompson, JL
JournalApplied Environmental Education & Communication
Volume12
Issue4
Pagination261 - 271
Date Published2013/10/01/
ISBN Number1533-015X
AbstractInterviews with national park visitors across the country revealed that climate change education through place-based, hands-on learning using repeat photographs and technology is appealing to park visitors. This manuscript provides a summary of the development of a repeat photography citizen science Web site for national parks in Southwest Alaska. Lessons learned from interviews on the Web development process are summarized to inform similar future projects: (a) Hold a face-to-face meeting in the same location with the whole research group, (b) Provide a central document accessible to the entire group listing tasks completed and to be accomplished, (c) Create a well-developed marketing plan to promote Web site, and (d) Incorporate evaluation components throughout the process to ensure clear communication.
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1533015X.2013.876302