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Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science


Overview
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Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science (CCS)

  • Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science (CCS) is an NLM and NIH priority area for NNLM. Through citizen science and crowdsourcing, NNLM can engage communities in addressing societal needs and accelerating biomedical science, technology, and innovation.
  • Collaborations between communities and researchers build capacity to address problems and meet research goals. Community participation in the research process also builds trust between NNLM and the communities that we serve.
  • Engaging network members through CCS supports NLM’s FY2020 Congressional Justification, which states that NLM is "committed to encouraging citizen science as a way to provide opportunities for members of the community to work with NLM to improve and apply NLM products and services in novel ways" by creating a link between NLM researchers and the community.

Group holding hands - Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science

Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
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Spring 2021 #CiteNLM Edit-a-thon

The spring #CiteNLM campaign period will run from March 1-31, 2021. This edit-a-thon will focus on improving articles related to Healthy Aging.

Our all day virtual #citeNLM Edit-a-thon takes place on Wednesday, March 31. Join your colleagues and NNLM staff for a live editing session from 1-3 PM ET to chat about Wikipedia, edit articles, and connect with the #CiteNLM community. No prior experience required! 

How to Participate

Step 1: Create a free account on Wikipedia

Step 2: Register on our campaign dashboard

Step 3: Find an article that needs a citation. Here are some strategies:

  • Choose one of the pre-selected articles on the program dashboard
  • Find an article with sourcing or other problems
  • Select an article while browsing pages related to the campaign theme

Step 4: Cite a source

  • Find a source from NLM or other reliable website to support the article
  • Add a citation using Wikipedia Style (learn more about adding citations from 1Lib1Ref)
  • Add the project hashtag #CiteNLM in the Wikipedia Edit Summary

Step 5: Share!

  • Include the hashtag #CiteNLM in your tweets about the event and follow the hashtag to interact with fellow Wikipedians
  • Drop a pin of your location on our participant map

#CiteNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thons

Wikipedia’s health topics pages are visited a staggering 7 billion times a year, making it possibly the world’s most popular health information resource. The objective of #CiteNLM is to improve the credibility and content of medical and health-related articles on Wikipedia by adding citations and information from National Library of Medicine (NLM) sources.

NLM is actively engaged in reaching a major strategic goal to “reach more people in more ways through enhanced dissemination and engagement pathways.”

By holding #CiteNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thons, we can:

  • Make it easier to get credible, evidence-based health information online
  • Disseminate NLM sources and increase their reach
  • Leverage network members’ expertise, experiences, and audiences
  • Engage NNLM members nationwide

Our NNLM #CiteNLM campaigns run twice per year, in the Fall and Spring. Join NNLM staff members and Wikipedians virtually during our twice yearly one-day edit-a-thons or host an event at your institution anytime during the campaign period. Check-out our Organizer’s Guide to learn how.

Citizen Science Month
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Citizen Science Month - Resources for Libraries

Girl doing a citizen science project

Citizen Science Month is observed annually in April to celebrate and promote all things citizen science: amazing discoveries, incredible volunteers, hardworking practitioners, inspiring projects, and anything else citizen science-related! This global celebration includes events hosted by libraries, institutions, community groups, museums, and individuals all around the world.

The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) has partnered with SciStarter to support Citizen Science Month in April 2020. In 2019, the two organizations worked collaboratively to promote Citizen Science Day in libraries, to increase awareness of citizen science in communities across the nation, and help individuals explore the impact of their environment on health.

In 2020, during the month of April, NNLM and SciStarter seek to host citizen science activities in select cities and would like to engage the NNLM community in this effort.

How to Host an Event

Here’s how your library can host an event:

  1. Sign up with this form. 
  2. Receive a program kit with instructions on facilitating an event
  3. Set a date and register your event on the SciStarter website
  4. Have fun with Citizen Science!

Featured Projects

Get inspiration for activities you can plan by reviewing these featured projects that SciStarter and the NLM curated at https://scistarter.org/nlm. Additional resources to support Citizen Science Month and other citizen science activities in your region can also be found at CitizenScienceMonth.org

Through citizen science and crowdsourcing, NNLM engages communities in addressing societal needs and accelerating biomedical science, technology, and innovation. Community participation in the research process also builds trust between NNLM and the communities that we serve.

Citizen Science Kits
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Citizen Science Kits

Due to the COVID-19 National Emergency, and following instructions from our sponsoring agency, the All of Us Research Program funded in-person activities must be postponed until further notice. This includes the shipping of Citizen Science Kits to libraries, as they will be a part of in-person events for library staff to provide to families in their communities. Citizen Science Kits may be ordered but will not be shipped during this period.

The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) partnered with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the All of Us Research Program (All of Us) to highlight citizen science as a way to increase involvement of people living in the United States in scientific research as a way to reduce barriers between health research and the public.

NNLM is offering a new resource, the “Test the Waters” Citizen Science kit, to libraries and organizations to support citizen science outreach efforts in local communities through fun and accessible activities. If you are interested in receiving a loanable “Test the Waters” kit for your organization, please fill out the below form. The NNLM has a limited number of kits available, and priority will be given to libraries affiliated with ARSL and ABOS. Confirmation of receipt of your request for a kit will be provided by your regional representative. However, they cannot confirm if you will receive a kit until the NNLM is cleared to proceed with shipping of kits. At that time an NNLM representative will provide you with updated information. Thank you for your patience, understanding, and flexibility.

Citizen Science Kit Resources
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Please find below the audio files for the Activity Guide in a variety of different languages and the sanitation guide for the kits.

Sanitation Guide

 

Audio Files for the Activity Guide - EN

  1. Test the Waters
  2. Test the Waters Kit
  3. Lifestyle Water for Life
  4. Health Test the Intestines
  5. Environment Down the Drain
  6. Environment Pipe Up
  7. Environment Get the Lead Out
  8. Lifestyle Crowd the Tap
  9. Resources Test the Waters
  10. Resources Test the Waters

Audio Files for the Activity Guide - AR

  1. Test the Waters
  2. Test the Waters Kit
  3. Lifestyle Water for Life
  4. Health Test the Intestines
  5. Environment Down the Drain
  6. Environment Pipe Up
  7. Environment Get the Lead Out
  8. Lifestyle Crowd the Tap
  9. Resources Test the Waters
  10. Resources Test the Waters

Audio Files for the Activity Guide - ES

  1. Test the Waters
  2. Test the Waters Kit
  3. Lifestyle Water for Life
  4. Health Test the Intestines
  5. Environment Down the Drain
  6. Environment Pipe Up
  7. Environment Get the Lead Out
  8. Lifestyle Crowd the Tap
  9. Resources Test the Waters
  10. Resources Test the Waters

Audio Files for the Activity Guide - KO

  1. Test the Waters
  2. Test the Waters Kit
  3. Lifestyle Water for Life
  4. Health Test the Intestines
  5. Environment Down the Drain
  6. Environment Pipe Up
  7. Environment Get the Lead Out
  8. Lifestyle Crowd the Tap
  9. Resources Test the Waters
  10. Resources Test the Waters

Audio Files for the Activity Guide - VI

  1. Test the Waters
  2. Test the Waters Kit
  3. Lifestyle Water for Life
  4. Health Test the Intestines
  5. Environment Down the Drain
  6. Environment Pipe Up
  7. Environment Get the Lead Out
  8. Lifestyle Crowd the Tap
  9. Resources Test the Waters
  10. Resources Test the Waters

Audio Files for the Activity Guide - ZHCN

  1. Test the Waters
  2. Test the Waters Kit
  3. Lifestyle Water for Life
  4. Health Test the Intestines
  5. Environment Down the Drain
  6. Environment Pipe Up
  7. Environment Get the Lead Out
  8. Lifestyle Crowd the Tap
  9. Resources Test the Waters
  10. Resources Test the Waters