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…And seven local initiatives were born: The end of a project, the beginning of a journey

By Josique Lorenzo Lemire Josique Lorenzo Lemire writes on some of the emerging impacts from a local citizen science project, based on Model Forests in Latin America. Two final events were held as part of the pilot project “Improving adaptive capacity through Open Collaborative Science in two Model Forests of Latin America”. The project promoted […]

Planning an OCS Project in Lebanon – Part II

By Serine Haidar Ahmad, from Local Conservation and Development with OCS in Lebanon In my last blog post, I introduced the OCS research project I was working on with a diverse team at the Nature Conservation Center of AUB. After summarizing a couple of articles we read in order to design our water quality monitoring […]

Planning an OCS Project in Lebanon – Part I

By Serine Haidar Ahmad, from the Local Conservation and Development with OCS in Lebanon In this two-part blog series, we will go over our project’s planning and implementation process from my own perspective as a chemical engineer research assistant. In this post, I go over what attracted me to work on the project and the […]

Beyond openness: use of knowledge and public issues in non-hegemonic contexts

by Juan Layna, Hugo Ferpozzi, and Emiliano Martin Valdez of the “Can OCS Meet Social Needs?” Project Summary: Access and participation on their own are not sufficient to ensure local social use of scientific knowledge. This situation is complicated even further in non-hegemonic contexts such as Latin America. But if access and openness are not […]

Could Transgressive Approaches to Open and Collaborative Science Contribute Towards Transformative Climate Change Adaptation?

By Cath Traynor of the Indigenous Knowledge and Climate Change Adaptation project Summary: Dr. Cath Traynor (Natural Justice), and Community Researcher, Mr Gerren De Wet (Indigenous Nama youth) presented on the OCSDNet ‘Indigenous knowledge and climate change adaptation project’ at the recent 2nd Southern African Adaptation Colloquium 7-8 July, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa (hosted by GSRI, Wits […]

Negotiating openness: are participation and access enough?

By Hugo Ferpozzi of the “Can OCS Meet Social Needs?” project Scientific knowledge is commonly expected to address social demands based on local problems, but the groups affected by these problems are not always capable of taking advantage of scientific knowledge outputs themselves. Especially in the context of non-hegemonic or peripheral regions, there are several […]