How do I input data into your citizen science project?

General Discussion

Hello, First of all your project looks really interesting and I look forward to getting involved. I have some questions. I don't see a way to input data into your project. Please direct me as to how to do this and where I can access your data collection protocols. I am assuming that the sensor shown in the video on the main page is needed, but do you accept data from other sensors? I am very interested in your project and would like to get my middle school and high school students involved. Thanks!



Hi Daniel, I'm Amanda working for the GROW Observatory at the University of Dundee, Scotland. Thanks for getting in touch with us and welcome to GROW. You can take part from your growing space wherever you are, and we will also be supporting growers and scientists on the ground in 9 specific European locations, known as GROW Places. Here we will recruit participants to solve a major challenge for science and help to improve climate change models. We are now recruiting community champions in these areas to help other growers near where they live.

The easiest way to get involved in our citizen science projects is to register for one or more of the free online courses being run by GROW in conjunction with Future Learn during 2018. The first is ‘Citizen Science: From Soil to Sky’ in which you’ll gather and analyse data to help understand your particular soil and what works for you, as well as contributing to a European-wide knowledge base. By also exploring regenerative practices such as polycultures, mulching and attracting pollinators, you’ll be able to grow better food while improving the soil for years to come.

We’ll help you build healthier soils, grow food more sustainably and better adapt to climate change. This is your chance to be part of a vibrant, inclusive community of growers across Europe learning with and from each other.

This course starts on 19 February. You can read more about it on our website under "Get Involved" and sign up here.

Also, Dan if you haven't already signed up for the GROW Newsletter please do so as it provides lots of resources and keeps you up to date with GROW activities. Other schools have participated in GROW by allocating time to take the classroom through the course together, or by a teacher taking the course and then getting the students involved in the activities. It's a great way to practically show the benefits of citizens getting involved in science on the ground. You may find others on the discussion forum who plan to do this if you reach out to them. Feel free to email anytime, but I hope that the website will provide you with all you require!

Dan, you also asked "Do I need one of the sensors shown in the video to input data into your citizen science project? If so, where can I buy one of the sensors shown in the video? I have not tried registering yet and will do so now (which might answer this question), but in case I missed something please send me a link how to buy the device. Thank you" Our GROWers take action in growing spaces wherever they are, and learn together with other growers on dedicated online spaces. Our first open online course Citizen Science: From Soil to Sky is an introduction to citizen science methods and then we are providing two different GROWing missions during 2018.You can take part in GROW’s research activities in two ways.

Whether you are in a GROW Place or not, you can take part in GROW’s research Mission on Living Soil that is open to everyone and will focus on testing regenerative practices with growers like you. You are also invited to take part in all of the free GROW online courses. The first course, Citizen Science: From Soil to Sky will provide an introduction to the project and citizen science. It will show you the marvels of soils, and a variety of tests and observations that you can use to learn more about the soil in your growing site.

The following GROW online course, Citizen Science: Sensing the World starting in March will introduce you to remote sensing, soil sensors and how low-cost sensors can help you improve your growing practice and monitor the global climate, including some of the latest developments on DIY sensors.

GROW’s third course, Citizen Science: Living Soils, Growing Food will give you the opportunity to take part in research experiments to test how effective different regenerative practices are. A fourth course will run in November 2018 and will bring together the participants from both Missions to learn about making sense and making the most of soil data to improve your growing practices.

We would like to invite you to join this learning journey with GROW and become part of an international community of soil champions!