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Citizen Sensing

Workshop at the 10th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing: Ubiquitous Sustainability: Citizen Science & Activism

"n this workshop we propose to explore new approaches to bring about real environmental change by looking at the success of empowering technologies that enable grassroots activism and bottom up community participation. Ubiquitous computing is transforming from being mostly about professional communication and social interaction to a sensor rich personal measurement platform that can empower individuals and groups to gain an awareness of their surroundings, engage in grassroots activism to promote environmental change, and enable a new social paradigm – citizen science. This workshop brings together fresh ideas and approaches to help elevate individuals to have a powerful voice in society, to act as citizen scientists, and collectively learn and lobby for change worldwide." 

Common Sense — Mobile sensing for community action
"We are developing mobile sensing technologies that help communities gather and analyze environmental data. We hope that this hardware and software will empower everyday citizens to learn more about their environment and influence environmental regulations and policy." 

JP de VooghtCitizen Sensing Blog: Systems Thinking for Sustainability in the Networked Age
"Citizen Sensing is a blog on how ICT can be used as enabler to address sustainability issues from the bottom up. It talks about sensors, open source applications, sustainability, citizen science and occasionally other stuff."

Sensors and sensitivity
The Economist

Whitepaper: Participatory Sensing - A citizen-powered approach to illuminatingthe patterns that shape our world (PDF)

Towards a sensor commons
By: A J Fisher:

Participatory Sensing 4 part series
By:Sara Alvarellos, a guest editor at

Current status of Citizen Air Quality monitoring (Nov 2011)
By: Timothy S. Dye, Paul T. Roberts, Alan C. Chan, and Daniel M. Alrick Sonoma



UN Global Pulse:
"Global Pulse is an innovation initiative of the UN Secretary-General, harnessing today's new world of digital data and real-time analytics to gain a better understanding of changes in human well-being. Global Pulse hopes to contribute a future in which access to better information sooner makes it possible to keep international development on track, protect the world's most vulnerable populations, and strengthen resilience to global shocks."


"Turn your mobile phone into an environmental sensor and participate to the monitoring of noise pollution
Noise pollution is a serious problem in many cities. NoiseTube is a research project, started in 2008 at the Sony Computer Science Lab in Paris and currently hosted by the BrusSense Team at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, which proposes a participative approach for monitoring noise pollution by involving the general public. Our ambitious goal is to extend the current usage of mobile phones by turning them into noise sensors enabling citizens to measure their own exposure in their everyday environment."

Air Quality Egg:
"A project aiming to give citizens a way to participate in the conversation about air quality. It is composed of a sensing device that measures the air quality in the immediate environment and an on-line community that is sharing this information in real-time.It is a community-developed, open source project that is driven by people who care about the air they breathe."

Air Quality Balloons:
"This Instructable will show you how to make giant, super cool, glowing balloons that react to surrounding air quality. Inside each balloon is a tri-colored LED. This LED reacts to data from an air quality sensor, turning green, yellow or red based on low, average, and high values."

The Copenhagen Wheel:
"Smart, responsive and elegant, the Copenhagen Wheel is a new emblemfor urban mobility. It transforms ordinary bicycles quickly into hybrid e-bikes that alsofunction as mobile sensing units. The Copenhagen Wheel allows you to capturethe energy dissipated while cycling and braking and save it for when you need a bit of a boost. It also maps pollution levels, traffic congestion,and road conditions in real-time."

"The idea behind this project is to allow NYC residents to help reduce the amount of pollution in the harbor. Some 27 billion gallons of raw sewage is dumped into the harbor every year. This comes from Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) that open when the sewer system is overloaded. The idea is to enable residents to understand when the overflows happen and reduce their wastewater production before and during an overflow event."

"Safecast is a global sensor network for collecting and sharing radiation measurements to empower people with data about their environments." 

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