Future Activities

Berlin - Alien CSI-EuroScitizen meeting

Where: Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Berlin

When: January 13-14 2020

Joint Workshop of three COST Actions:

• EuroScitizen (CA17127)
• Citizen Science (CA15212)
• Alien-CSI (CA17122)

Research question: How can we use citizen science as a tool in projects that have (or could have) an evolutionary focus to promote scientific literacy in evolution? Working towards a best practice guide for designing and using citizen science projects as a tool for promoting scientific literacy in evolution.


Krakow - Wiki-athon Working Group meeting

Where: Krakow, Poland

When: January 27-29 2020

Organisers: Quentin Groom & Anna Gazda

Trainer: Daniëlle Jansen, Wikimedia Netherlands

Currently, the English language Wikipedia attracts 7 billion page views a month and more than 40 million edits! Altogether the Wikimedia family of platforms, including Wikidata, Wikicommons and Wikisource attract more than 15 billion page views per month. Wikipedia is often the primary source of information for the general public on the internet. Wikipedia, and all the other platforms of Wikimedia, are edited entirely by volunteers many of which would be regarded as citizen scientists. Wikipedia provides information in over 200 languages and therefore is an important international public communication platform.

All species on the List of Invasive Alien Species of Union concern have entries in Wikipedia, but the quality of these pages in different languages is erratic and sometimes the content is minimal. Ideally, an entry for an invasive species would include information on the identification, pathways, impacts and control methods. Furthermore, the content is strongly biased towards the English language and it is arguable that the information should be made available in the languages where these invasive species are most likely to be a problem.

In a recent Short Term Scientific Mission at Meise Botanic Garden, Vanessa Lozano examined the available data for Union concern species in Wikipedia and Wikidata. She found large gaps, particularly for uncharismatic species and for particular languages. As part of her investigation she prepared an exemplary Wikipedia treatment in Spanish for Alternanthera philoxeroides( https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alternanthera_philoxeroides ). We would like to build on her work and train would-be Wikipedians to fill these gaps for invasive species, but also examine and discuss how to best use the Wikimedia platform to disseminate information on invasive species. We will discuss how professionals can engage with Wikipedia and Wikidata to support their work. Finally, we will also address the demographic imbalances among Wikipedia editors, by inviting diverse demographic to the workshop.


Pruhonice - Increasing understanding of alien species through citizen science Working Group meeting

Where: Pruhonice, Czech Republic

When: February 17-19 2020

Workshop organisers: J. Pergl, I. Jarić, F. Essl, A. Novoa, E. Tricarico, P. Pyšek, J.M. Jeschke

The workshop is part of the COST Action CA17122, Increasing understanding of alien species through citizen science (https://alien-csi.eu), and is also linked to the Invasion Dynamics Network (https://indynet.de), which focuses on temporal changes in biological invasions and their impacts. In this network, we have organized three workshops from 2015 to 2018 that explored various aspects of invasion dynamics. A key aspect that was not addressed but seems very fruitful is improving the understanding of invasion dynamics through citizen science. We believe a workshop focusing on this topic has high potential, e.g. to untap data of citizen scientists that help improving our understanding of the temporal dynamics of biological invasions. An expected output of the workshop will be a publication about this topic. In addition, collaborations focusing on particular research areas can be initiated.