Improving the uptake of citizen science environmental monitoring data by resource management agencies through co-development of data management plans

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Date created: 
2021-01-22
Identifier: 
etd21247
Keywords: 
Citizen science
Community Science
Environmental monitoring
Collaboration
Resource management
Data management
Abstract: 

Environmental monitoring is a critical component of resource management, but monitoring by Resource Management Agencies (RMAs) is often hindered by lack of time and financial resources, resulting in persistent monitoring gaps. Citizen science monitoring collaborations between RMAs and Stewardship Groups is a potential means to address said gaps; however, there are several challenges that must be overcome to realize the full potential of citizen science collaborations. I proposed that many challenges of citizen science are related to data management. I used a case study approach that involved interviewing 42 people from RMAs and Stewardship Groups to determine whether RMAs and Stewardship Groups are currently practicing data management best practices and identify which challenges could likely be addressed by a data management plan. I conclude with recommendations on how to bridge the gap between best practices and current conditions and summarize the results in a Guidebook and Data Management Plan Template.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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This thesis may be printed or downloaded for non-commercial research and scholarly purposes. Copyright remains with the author.
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Supervisor(s): 
Jon Moore
Department: 
Environment: School of Resource and Environmental Management
Thesis type: 
(Project) M.R.M. (Planning)
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