The goal of this project from the citizen science-centered, non-profit organization, Ocean Sanctuaries, in partnership with MyScienceWork, is to assist with their mission of collaborative ocean observation. Researchers team up with citizen scientists – non-professionally trained, but equally dedicated stewards of the sea – to compile and share their observations of ocean life. By building such a community and opening up the resulting data, Ocean Sanctuaries aims to spread knowledge, awareness and appreciation of marine environments to ensure their protection for the future. This platform is their home.
With the benefit of new digital tools designed for the purpose, the Ocean Sanctuaries platform helps members with:
- *Making their research stand out…in a sea of other results!
- *Knowing who’s interested in this work and what they’re doing (Think “Collaboration”!)
- *Communicating research results and important messages, both within the scientific world and beyond.
The Ocean Sanctuaries Profiles
Here, you’ll find a profile for each Ocean Sanctuaries member, showing their areas of expertise, their publications and other work: scientific articles and pre-prints, but also photos, videos, data, presentations, and more.
Members can upload documents to the platform, allowing the larger community to see them, use them and contact the authors with questions, suggestions or new ideas.
Dashboards and Metrics
Each member has their own dashboard with metrics about the visibility and impact of all their publications. The individual metrics let researchers see who has visited their profile, downloaded their publications, and what those individuals are working on. Clearly, these are people worth talking to!
Ocean Sanctuaries itself can get a clearer overview of all its scientific production and the impact it is having.
Connect with its members to stay in touch with this community of scientists and citizens collaborating to foster greater understanding, wise ecology, species protection and good stewardship of the ocean and related habitats. Follow the platform to receive updates when news or popular science stories are published about their work.
Some people, like Mike Bear, enjoy popularizing their own work; others turn to MyScienceWork’s journalists. Either way, it is shared with an extensive international community of researchers and science fans via MyScienceWork.com and other social media.
Get in Touch
For more information about Polaris platforms, any questions about how to use them, or suggestions to help them fit your needs, please contact us at [email protected]. We look forward to helping you build further success in your research!
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For Ocean Sanctuaries Members: Getting Started
For members of the Ocean Sanctuaries research platform, it’s easy to get started. All you need to do now is:
- Complete your profile, so your fellow users know who you are and what you’re working on.
- If you haven’t yet activated your profile, just request a password reset to log in for the first time.
- Connect with users you already know or others who share similar interests.
- Upload documents that reflect your expertise and may well interest others.
Front page image: Smooth hammerhead shark off the coast of San Diego (Photo credit: Kyle McBurnie)