OCSDNet Advisory Board Member, Prof. Hebe Vessuri awarded 2017 4S Bernal Prize

We would like to extend a big congratulations to Professor Hebe Vessuri who was awarded this year’s Bernal Prize for distinguished contributions to the field of science and technology studies by the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S). We are honoured to have Professor Vessuri as an advisory board member of OCSDNet and we […]

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 […]

Lessons From Participatory Fieldwork Research: Building Meaningful Relationships

Guest post by Tian Lin [1] and Khin Thiri Htun [2] Summary: We conducted research using a participatory approach to identify ways to reduce local vulnerability to climate change in the Central Dry Zone of Myanmar. Participatory research approaches are important to build and maintain trust with research participants who were previously excluded from decisions […]

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 […]