Mon December 17, 2012
iSeeChange: Almanac Website Coming Soon
iSeeChange is a participatory environmental reporting project led by Julia Kumari Drapkin at KVNF. It generates story topics from users' weather observations, and then taps scientists to explain the whys and hows. This bottom-up crowd-sourcing has foreshadowed some of the nation's biggest recent weather stories—weeks and sometimes even months in advance. Stories sourced from the KVNF community have been reported throughout 2012.
The next step in the project is an online tool for streamlining the citizen reporting on the environment, a website called www.thealmanac.org, which will launch to the public at large in the middle of January 2013. Like a farmer’s almanac, the website will be a place for people to keep an account of an entire year, recording data from rain gauges, the date when the hyacinths appear, wildlife sightings, strategies for warding off environmental pests, the quality of the year’s harvest, and so on.
So, calling all you farmers, ranchers, environmentally aware citizens and interested journal keepers! We'll let you know when the site is ready for you. Let's contribute to the scientific record!
Until then, visit the iSeeChange Facebook page and make your comments there!
For more about iSeeChange and www.thealmanac.org:
Produced by Julia Kumari Drapkin, the iSeeChange project at KVNF is part of Localore, a nationwide production of AIR designed to accelerate transformation and extend public service media to all Americans. KVNF was selected as one of only 10 Localore stations across the country—learn more at airmediaworks.org. Localore is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Wyncote Foundation, the John T. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Interactive storytelling partner Zeega co-produced TheAlmanac.org with iSeeChange.