Interested in joining OMEGA-LOCATE as a Citizen Scientist?
Read more about the project below. Send an email to the coordinator, Dave Horne (firstname.lastname@example.org), introducing yourself briefly and stating that you are interested in joining OMEGA-LOCATE. If you have any questions, please ask them!
CS collaborators will need to have internet access and a computer with Google Earth installed. Local / regional knowledge will be an asset but is not essential. You do not need specialist knowledge of ostracods, but an interest in a relevant field such as freshwater biology, ecology or palaeontology would be helpful. You can be based anywhere in the world.
Citizen Scientist collaborators will choose and request a geographical region from those listed on the website (click here for list). If their request is approved by the project coordinator, they will be emailed an Excel spreadsheet containing coordinate and place name data for 50–100 localities, a KML (Keyhole Markup Language) file of the data which can be added to Google Earth, and a pdf manual containing instructions (click here for a summary) as well as information about OMEGA and its applications.
Collaborating Citizen Scientists will be offered the opportunity to attend a two-day workshop at Queen Mary University of London in order to learn more about the context of the project and about ostracods in general as well as their use in palaeoenvironmental and palaeoclimatic reconstruction, aided by practical microscopy and Geographical Information System exercises relevant to the project. Workshops are not intended to provide initial training, but to reward those already contributing to the project; for those attending, we will reimburse a proportion of reasonable travel and accommodation expenses. The first workshop is planned for the last week of June 2013. Clearly, in the first year of the project at least, these workshops will primarily be of benefit to UK-based participants, but we will review demand and consider offering additional workshops, for example in another European country and/or in the USA, in subsequent years.