Connecting citizens and Scientists -- Online communities can expand the reach of citizen-based projects

Citizen Science
Oral Presentation

Prepared by D. Cavalier
SciStarter and Arizona State University, 306 Delancey Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106, United States


Contact Information: darcav1@gmail.com; 267-253-1310


ABSTRACT

Citizen science is experiencing a dramatic rise in popularity across almost all fields of scientific research. Today, potential citizen scientists have thousands of opportunities to engage in a wide variety of projects. More can be done to help people find, assess, and engage in projects of interest to them, and, more importantly, to support volunteers through a broad spectrum of participatory experiences: from gathering and sharing observations, to analyzing data, to co-creating instruments, and even informing related policies. Online communities expand the reach of citizen science projects. This talk will explore the potential of online communities to also foster deeper and more sustained levels of participation.