Create an Account Register Are you at least 18 years of age? (required) YesNo Bruce MacFadden University of Florida Florida Museum of Natural History Hello, My name is Bruce MacFadden and I am a professor at the University of Florida. I represent a small group of researchers who are building and studying myFOSSIL in order to learn about how people understand paleontology when they use social technologies, like apps and websites. If you decide to participate, you will be asked to answer a few questions about your experiences and interests concerning science and social media. This will take about 5 minutes. There are no known risks to participation, and most people actually enjoy talking about their experiences with technology. You do not have to be in this study if you don't want to and you can quit the study at any time. Other than our research team, no one will know your answers, including your teachers or your classmates. If you don't like a question, you don't have to answer it and, if you ask, your answers will not be used in the study. If you are willing to participate, we must also get an OK from one of your parents or guardians. Would you be willing to participate in this study? (required) Yes, I would like to participate in this study.No, I would not like to participate in this study. The Name of your Parent or Guardian who we can contact to make aware of your interest in participating: (required) The email address for contacting your parent or guardian: (required) Please verify the email address by entering it again: (required) User Name (required) Your Email (required) Choose a Password (required) Confirm Password (required) Name (required) 1. Your First Name: (required) Allowed characters are letters, and - (dashes). 2. Your Last Name: (required) Allowed characters are letters, spaces, and - (dashes). 3. What are your affiliations (are you part of club or society; do you work at a museum, college or university)? (required) 4. Briefly describe your interest(s) in using myFOSSIL. (required) 5. Which of the following best describes how you learned about myFOSSIL? (required) Through social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, etc.)From a member of a fossil club or societyFrom a college or university professor, researcher or museum representativeFrom a member of the FOSSIL Project teamBy participating in an event that was sponsored by the FOSSIL project (e.g., mini- conference, paleoblitz, etc.)By searching and/or browsing the InternetOther 5a. If "other" please briefly describe how you learned about myFOSSIL: 6. Which best defines your age? (required) 17 or under18-2425-3435-4445-5455-6465+Prefer not to say 7. Which of the following options best describes your occupation? (required) For profitNon-profit (religious, arts, social assistance, etc.)GovernmentHealth CareEducationStudentPrefer not to sayOther 7a. If "other" please briefly describe your occupation: 8. Choose the option that best describes your highest level of education. (required) Some high school, no diplomaHigh school graduate, diploma or equivalentCompleted some collegeAssociate degreeBachelor's DegreeCompleted some graduate schoolMaster's DegreeDoctoral DegreePrefer not to sayOther 8a. If "other" please briefly describe your highest level of education: 9. Are you currently or have you ever been a professional paleontologist? (required) YesNo 10. Are you or have you ever been a member or consider yourself affiliated with a group of people who collect fossils (i.e. a fossil club or society)? (required) YesNo 11. Do you or have you ever collected fossils as a hobby? (required) YesNo 12. For how many years have you been involved with fossils and paleontology? (required) 0-23-1011-1516-2021-25>25 13. Which best describes your use of social media? (required) I don't use social mediaAlmost NeverEvery few daysDailyMultiple Times DailyI'm always onlineI prefer not to say 14. Which social media networks do you use? Check all that you use. FacebookYouTubeTwitterPinterestLinkedInInstagramBlogsFossil ForumSnapchatiNaturalistResearchGateacademia.eduWeChatTumblrOther 14a. If "other" please list the social media sites: 15. Estimate the number of connections that you have on social media: (required) 0-5051-100101-200201-1,000more than 1,000 16. For the social media network that you use most often, which of the following sentences best describes your use? (required) I don't check social media because I don't find it worthwhile.I check social media, but I don't post a lot of things.I use social media to exchange information and check in with people.I use social media to read news and stories.I use social media to post about my day, I check in with others. I'm always keeping up.I don't want to miss anything, so I'm always checking my social media.I prefer not to say 17. myFOSSIL is based upon the concept of Social Paleontology. In your own words, what does this idea mean to you? Please be descriptive. (required) Description and Informed Consent Study Description FOSSIL is creating a national network of fossil clubs and professional paleontologists. The project team is very interested in your experiences, interests, needs, and feedback about the development and effectiveness of FOSSIL in creating a network for amateur and professional paleontologists and providing opportunities for members to learn science, contribute to science, and promote informal science learning. Participant feedback informs the on-going project development and implementation of FOSSIL. Procedure: If you choose to participate in this study, you are allowing us to use information that is collected during the normal, iterative development activities for FOSSIL. The following types of information may be collected: Survey: A variety of means may be used to document your perspective, experiences, interests, and needs. Artifacts: A variety of artifacts may be collected to document your perspective, experiences, interests, and needs. These may include but are not limited to communication artifacts. Online archives: Comments and responses that are posted on the myFOSSIL website. Observations: Observation data in the form of field notes, video recordings, or audio recordings may be collected to document your interactions during focus groups, workshops, or the annual FOSSIL meeting. Interviews: Interviews lasting approximately 20 minutes may be conducted to gain insight into your perspective, experiences, interests, and needs. Interviews will be audio or video recorded and transcribed. Interviews will focus on the following kinds of questions: Describe your participation in FOSSIL. What elements of FOSSIL are most effective in creating a network among amateur and professional paleontologists? Please explain. How do digitized collections impact the practices of the network? How does your participation in FOSSIL influence your science learning, contributions to the science of paleontology, and promotion of informal science education? What types of components should we include in the myFOSSIL website? Please explain. Are the FOSSIL programmatic activities and training effective? Please explain. Is the communication among FOSSIL participants effective? Please explain. How do the FOSSIL amateur and professional paleontologists share practices and skills? How does networking the clubs improve the outreach, resources, and capabilities of the individual clubs? An anonymous coding scheme will be applied to all information collected and prior to analysis. Data will be analyzed and reported in an aggregated fashion and participants will not be identified by name in any reports of our research. Risks and Benefits of Participation: There are risks involved in all research and evaluation studies. However, minimal risk is envisioned for participating in this project. You will not be identified by name in any reports of this research; pseudonyms will be used. There are no direct benefits for participating in the FOSSIL project research and evaluation. However, future participants may experience benefits in the form of a more effective FOSSIL project in providing a network for amateur and professional paleontologists that fosters science learning, contributions to the science of paleontology, and informal science learning. Time Required and Compensation: The study will occur over the course of the FOSSIL project and we anticipate requiring a total of 60 minutes annually of your time to complete the surveys. There will be no compensation for participating in this study. Confidentiality: All information gathered in this study will be kept confidential to the extent provided by law. No reference will be made in written or oral materials that could link you to this study. All physical records will be stored in a locked file cabinet in the Principal Investigator's office. Only the researchers will have access to the information we collect online. There is a minimal risk that security of any online data may be breached, but since no identifying information will be collected, and the online host uses several forms of encryption and other protections, it is unlikely that a security breach of the online data will result in any adverse consequence for you. When the study is completed and the data have been analyzed, the information will be shredded and/or electronically erased. Voluntary Participation: Your participation is strictly voluntary. Non-participation or denied consent to collect some or all of the data listed above will not affect your participation in FOSSIL. In addition, you may request at any time that your data not to be included. Contact Information: If you have any questions or concerns about the study, you may contact Dr. Kent Crippen at email@example.com or (352) 273-4222 or Dr. Betty Dunckel at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions regarding your rights as a research participant in this study you may contact the UFIRB Office, Box 112250, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611-2250; ph (352) 392-0433. Participant Consent: I have read the above information and agree to participate in this study. I am at least 18 years of age. Download the Project Description and Informed Consent Document 18. Do you consent to participate? (required) YesNo Location Fossil Specialty (if any) Favorite Collecting Site(s) or Region(s) About Describe yourself in a few short sentences Affiliations and Relevant Organizations Facebook Twitter Instagram Flickr LinkedIn Website By registering for the myFOSSIL site you are agreeing to our Terms of Service.