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Monday, January 29 • 2:20pm - 2:40pm
SYMPOSIA-01: Designing Effective Protocols for Large-scale Citizen Science Projects

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AUTHORS. Christina Locke, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

ABSTRACT. Large-scale citizen science projects can help organizations engage the public in natural resources management, but managing hundreds or thousands of volunteers can present logistical challenges. Designing robust, clear and comprehensive instructional documents is imperative to maximize volunteer management efficiency and data accuracy. This presentation will address: lessons learned from one of Wisconsin's largest citizen science projects, Snapshot Wisconsin, in producing streamlined protocols for volunteer data collection; as well as the benefits of documenting internal protocols for use by current and future project managers, which is especially important for long-term projects experiencing staffing changes over time.

Monday January 29, 2018 2:20pm - 2:40pm CST