Having trouble funding your longitudinal data collection…?

My friend Francis Brearley was running into just such a problem and has decided to try crowd-sourcing i.e. asking many people to fund a little of the project.  (If you’re in the US, you’ll be familiar with the technique through NPR fundraising weeks.)  He’s an ecologist sitting on 15 years of data on recovering rain forests in Borneo.  He can’t bear the thought of giving up on such a long running data set, but has trouble raising the funds for further waves…  So he’s asking for help.  It’s really interesting to me from a methods (both of data collection and funding) point of view – well worth a look for other academics.

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