Leonardo calls for papers documenting cross-disciplinary thinking on participatory observation and mapping of the environment, climate and biodiversity; environmental data systems and services; and environmental sustainability in a networked society.

Leonardo is soliciting texts that document the works of artists, researchers and scholars involved in the exploration of citizens as environmental data gatherers, and new approaches to environmental data systems and environmental sustainability.

There is no deadline for this call – submissions may be made at any time.

Themes and issues may include:

  • Participatory mass observation of the environment, climate and biodiversity
  • New approaches to accessing, visualizing and using environmental data
  • Open data and the environment
  • Citizen science and issues of participation
  • Environmental sustainability in a networked society
  • Ubiquitous, pervasive, locative and mobile communication technology and the environment.

In urban environments in particular we are separated from the consequences of our actions as surely as the tarmac of the road cuts us off from the earth beneath. This physical boundary encourages a phenomenological separation. Innovative approaches to participatory observation and mapping can overcome this separation, when combined with the way the Internet and digital media have enabled individuals to produce and share information globally and instantly. An ability for citizens to generate environmental data, augmented by freely available public environmental data and combined with new techniques of accessing, visualizing and using that data can help to reconnect people to the environment and contribute to the movement toward environmental sustainability.

Linked activities exploring the Environment 2.0 theme have been led by FutureEverything (Futuresonic) and Lancaster University (U.K.). Authors are encouraged to submit manuscripts or proposals via email. Leonardo submission guidelines can be found at Leonardo on-line

Guest Editor: Drew Hemment

 
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