Ethics Working Group

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Welcome to the CSA Ethics Working Group

Mission

The CSA Ethics Working Group (a.k.a. CSA Ethics) helps citizen science leaders, practitioners, and volunteers to assess and address ethical issues and challenges in their domains. CSA Ethics’ work includes developing resources available to all. 


Topics

CSA Ethics’ interests range from the ethics of human subjects and volunteers, wildlife welfare, ecological impact, open and global data, responsible technology use and sustainability, to professional ethics in the context of citizen science.

CSA Ethics’ main priority is to identify and classify ethics topics and respective resources. CSA Ethics serves both as a community and as a resources portal. CSA Ethics’ toolbox includes training, open-licensed consent forms. The community shares best practices for involving the general public in the ethical design and review of research studies and facilities and helps citizen scientists and practitioners mobilize around the ethical risks and opportunities that can arise from the continued growth of citizen science. 

The CSA Ethics group is dynamic. It evolves as the field of ethics itself grows. We may not be able to answer all your questions but be assured that we will work at finding an expert who can.


Objectives

  1. Chart the landscape of ethical issues across the spectrum of citizen science.
  2. Raise awareness among the greater research community about unique ethical challenges in citizen science and the need for training in ethics.
  3. Increase the capacity of CSA to provide resources and training in ethics to researchers, citizen science leaders, and citizen scientists.
  4. Develop mechanisms for CSA to support research ethics review.

Get Involved

CSA Ethics is a community of citizen science and ethics experts and practitioners who share ideas, raise issues and work together at solutions. Already a member? Goto 💬 CSA Ethics’s Forum » | Not a member yet? Join today »

Do you have feedback, questions, or suggestions? You can either ask them directly in the CSA Ethics’ forum or fill our contact form 📝 ↓ below. We will reach out to you as soon as possible (that is if you provided us with contact information). 


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