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Reflections on the Application of the IAD Framework to analyze the Ubatuba Open Science Platform

By: Anne Clinio of the OCS and Community Development in Brazil Project Summary: Elinor Ostrom’s Institutional Analysis and Development (IAD) Framework demonstrated that a community can self-organize in order to use and manage sustainably a common pool resource in its favor, countering the thesis that individuals tend to develop opportunistic behaviors that result in overexploitation […]

The Impact of Brazil’s Virtual Herbarium in e-Science

By Dora Ann Lange Canhos1, Sidnei de Souza1, Alexandre Marino1, Vanderlei Perez Canhos1, and Leonor Costa Maia2 1Centro de Referência em Informação Ambiental – CRIA 2Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, UFPE Summary: Herbarium, a collection of preserved samples of plants and fungi and associated data, is key documentation of the biodiversity of the past and an […]

All that glitters is not gold: rethinking openness from the affected population of a cyanide spill in Jáchal, Argentina

[En español abajo] by Juan Layna and Emiliano Martin Valdez of the “Can OCS Meet Social Needs?” Project Summary: In previous posts, we proposed that accessibility and openness in science do not necessarily lead to the appropriation and utilization of scientific knowledge by social actors. The socio-technical controversy surrounding cyanide spills occurring near the city of […]

Contracting Justice Workshop – Exploring socially just research processes

By Cath Traynor of the Indigenous Knowledge and Climate Change Project Summary: Key players in the ‘Indigenous Knowledge and Climate Change Adaptation’ project participated in a workshop to explore socially-just research processes and discuss the contribution that ‘community-researcher contracts’ could play;   Representatives from three of South Africa’s indigenous peoples groups: the Nama, the Griqua […]

“Through Water”: Promoting and communicating Open & Collaborative Research with a public exhibition

By Aliya Ibraimova of the KMEECS project/CAMP Alatoo Summary: The Kyrgyz Mountains Environmental Education and Citizen Science (KMEECS) project operates at the grassroots level in remote mountain communities of Central Asia. The goal is to collect local level-data on water resources with rural schools, while fostering applied environmental education. As an innovative endeavour for communicating […]

…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 […]