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What is Citizen Science?
" Citizen science projects are those that typically involve nonscientists (i.e., people who are not professionally trained in project-relevant disciplines) in the processes, methods, and standards of research, with the intended goal of advancing scientific knowledge or application."
-National Academy of Sciences, Committee on Designing Citizen Science to Support Science Learning in Learning Through Citizen Science
Citizen Science Best Practices:
Citizen Science : public participation in environmental research by
Call Number: e-book
Publication Date: 2012
This first and foundational book for this developing field of inquiry addresses basic aspects of how to conduct citizen science projects, including goal-setting, program design, and evaluation, as well as the nuances of creating a robust digital infrastructure and recruiting a large participant base through communications and marketing.
Citizen Science: a study of people, expertise, and sustainable development by
Call Number: e-book
Publication Date: 1995
We are all concerned by the environmental threats facing us today. Environmental issues are a major area of concern for policy makers, industrialists and public groups of many different kinds. While science seems central to our understanding of such threats, the statements of scientists are increasingly open to challenge in this area. Meanwhile, citizens may find themselves labelled as ignorant' in environmental matters. In Citizen Science Alan Irwin provides a much needed route through the fraught relationship between science, the public and the environmental threat.
The Incidental Steward : reflections on citizen science by
Call Number: e-book
Publication Date: 2013
Busch highlights factors that distinguish twenty-first-century citizen scientists from traditional amateur naturalists: a greater sense of urgency, helpful new technologies, and the expanded possibilities of crowdsourcing. The observations here look both to precisely recorded data sheets and to the impressionistic marginalia, scribbled asides, and side roads that often attend such unpredictable outings. While not a primer on the prescribed protocols of citizen science, the book combines vivid natural history, a deep sense of place, and reflection about our changing world. Musing on the expanding potential of citizen science, the author celebrates today's renewed volunteerism and the opportunities it offers for regaining a deep sense of connection to place.
Example Citizen Science Projects
Cities at Night
Project that aims to create a map, similar to Google maps, of the earth at night using night time colour photographs taken by astronauts onboard the ISS.
The Citizen Science Manual
Federal projects in Florida needing volunteers
Train machine learning (ML) algorithms to recognize scientifically interesting landforms using images of Mars surface features.
The Cosmic Ray Extremely Distributed Observatory (CREDO) Project
Eyes on the Forest
Michigan State University's Department of Entomology project that recruits citizen scientists to monitor the health of an "adopted" tree
Florida Fish & Wildlife Citizen Science
You can get involved as a citizen scientist and assist the FWC with research and management efforts through volunteering and interning for projects that involve biological sampling and monitoring.
Hubble Asteroid Hunter
Identify asteroid trails in archival images from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope
Michigan Natural Features Inventory
Report endangered, threatened or special concern species to assist Michigan State University's extension with scientific research, land use and conservation planning, and other decision making.