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Citizen Science

SiBBr Citizen Science Workshop (February 2017 - Brasilia)

EU BON helpdeskRegistry of online tools for Citizen Science.

More than 40 online tools and apps supporting citizen scientists initiatives and volunteer scientists in their study of nature.

D1.2 Summary report and strategy recommendations for EU citizen science gateway for biodiversity data

The report reviews biodiversity related citizen science initiatives in Europe, specifically the data
mobilization aspect and gives an overview of citizen-science related activities in the project EU BON,
the European Biodiversity Observation Network. In addition, recommendations for a pan-European
citizen science gateway and data mobilization efforts will be given, with the aim of filling in existing
biodiversity data gaps.


27, March 2017. Steller Watch Lets Anyone With Internet Access Play Wildlife Biologist. In an effort to figure out what’s behind the mysterious decline of Steller sea lions, scientists are trying out crowdsourcing for the first time. The project is called Steller Watch. The idea is to convince the public to comb through pictures looking for sea lions.

27, March 2017. How tagging butterflies can help you tell what's real and what's fake. The organized pursuit of science by amateurs is a little known but spectacularly successful phenomenon. Over time it has brought together people of all ages, creeds, backgrounds and political persuasions and enabled discoveries that were only made possible through their collective volunteer work.
6 Ways Citizens Across the U.S. Are Using Science to Build a Better WorldBy collecting climate change data, monitoring air quality, and reverse-engineering insulin, locals are creating a more just and equitable society.
Citizen Science Can Help Save The Planet Today's citizen scientists aren't just involved in a glorified educational experience, nor are they simply a relatively inexpensive way for researchers to command vast armies of research assistants. Citizen science can even result in conservation successes, allowing folks without scientific training to help preserve the biodiversity in their neighborhoods and throughout the world.
New generation of underwater drones makes waves for "citizen scientists". Underwater drones are opening up a whole new frontier of exploration. The lightweight vehicles can zip along coral reefs, explore marine life and even go inside shipwrecks.

Biodiversity needs citizen scientists. Citizen scientists are already providing large amounts of data for monitoring biodiversity, but they could do much more, according to a new study published in the journal Biological Conservation, which suggests that citizen science has the potential to contribute much more to regional and global assessments of biodiversity. Citizen scientists are regular people who provide data or input to science, for example by monitoring species in their community or examining satellite imagery for evidence of deforestation or land use change.

Citizen scientists give NPS 100,000+ biodiversity records for 100th birthday

Citizen Science Isn't Just About Collecting Data. Nonscientists should take part in discussions about research priorities and more.

Expanding citizen science models to enhance open innovation. Over the years, 
citizen scientists have provided vital data and contributed in invaluable ways
to various scientific quests. But they’re typically relegated to helping
traditional scientists complete tasks the pros don’t have the time or resources
to deal with on their own. Citizens are asked to count wildlife, for instance,
or classify photos that are of interest to the lead researchers.

The Theory and Practice of Citizen Science The field of citizen science is growing with breathtaking speed.
Thousands of citizen science projects are now under way around the world,
engaging millions of individuals in the process of scientific discovery.


27, March 2017. Citizen science can improve conservation science, natural resource management, and environmental protection. DOI:10.1016/j.biocon.2016.05.015. Citizen science has advanced science for hundreds of years, contributed to many peer-reviewed articles, and informed land management decisions and policies across the United States. Over the last 10 years, citizen science has grown immensely in the United States and many other countries.

Citizen Science and the Urban Ecology of Birds and Butterflies — A Systematic Review. James Wang Wei , Benjamin P. Y-H. Lee, Low Bing Wen. Published: June 10, 2016 http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0156425

Citizen Science as an Ecological Research Tool: Challenges and Benefits Janis L. Dickinson, Benjamin Zuckerberg and David N. Bonter. Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York 14850; email: jld84@cornell.edu, bz73@cornell.edu, dnb23@cornell.edu. Department of Natural Resources and Graduate

You don't have to be a research scientist to do real science.

Mapping Application for Penguin Populations.

Pokémon Go Poké Around With Citizen Science

Citizen Science by Wiki.

The Citizen Science Revolution

Citizen Science Day

Anyone can participate and make a contribution.

Citizen scientists and natural spaces play key roles in preserving biodiversity, according to famed biologist E.O. Wilson and a panel of other experts at a 19 May event jointly hosted by the National Park Service and AAAS in celebration of America’s national parks.

Instead of hunting for Christmas fowl, tens of thousands of bird enthusiasts will take to the streets next week to count our feathered friends as part of the Audubon Society's 116th annual Christmas Bird Count.

THE CITIZEN SCIENCE ALLIANCE is a collaboration of scientists, software developers and educators who collectively develop, manage and utilise internet-based citizen science projects in order to further science itself, and the public understanding of both science and of the scientific process. 

SCISTARTER. Science we can do together.

Project Noah. Project Noah is an award-winning software platform designed to help people reconnect with the natural world. Launched out of NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program in early 2010, the project began as an experiment to mobilize citizen scientists and build a digital butterfly net for the 21st century. Backed by National Geographic, Project Noah is mobilizing a new generation of nature explorers and helping people from around the world appreciate their local wildlife.

iNaturalist. Contribute to Science. Every observation can contribute to biodiversity science.



Apps for your cell phone.

QuestaGame. The Adventure is real.

I Saw a Butterfly. "I-Saw-a-Butterfly" is a reporting app that takes advantage of Mobile high-end technology to provide quality data on butterfly sightings, based on the concept of getting maximum data with minimum typing. 

Instant Wild. Help identify some the rarest and threatened species on the planet.

Scientific American. These mobile tools help you become a citizen scientist, whether you're documenting wildlife or measuring the effects of light pollution.

Big butterfly count. Help take nature's pulse...

Beakur aspires to facilitate interest in, and ability for people to participate as citizen scientists through projects, and experimentation.

Hummingbirds at Home. Join the Audubin Society as a citizen scientist to help learn more about hummingbirds and how to protect them.

Web Based

Solve Puzzles for Science.

Solve Puzzles. Invent Medicine.

A Game to Map the Brain.

An exercise in crowd sourcing, open access, and open game development to create a trading card game (TCG) that makes use of the wonderful, complex, and inspiring things that inform the notion of biodiversity. 

In Brazil

Extreme Citizen Science in the Pantanal


Citizen Science in Video Games

EVE Online's foray into citizen science "the first of many". Massively Multiplayer Online Science will now collaborate with Gearbox on integrating real research into the Borderlands universe.

How Games Can Create Citizen Neuroscientists. Over the last few years, a number of fascinating games have emerged whereby the players become active participants in scientific research.

Solving science questions by playing games Game players constitute an important demographic in the citizen science community.

Eterna Medicine. The goal is to design a molecule that could spur the development of a new tuberculosis test.

Project Discovery. Whenever you are in EVE Online, you're one click away from project Discovery. Help to improve and expand the massive Human Protein Atlas database.

White Paper on Citizen Science for Europe. "There is no single definition of Citizen Science but rather a series of definitions that reveal the dynamics of this research approach which is continually evolving and implies new collaborative activities and shared objectives between the main stakeholder groups."

Guide to Citizen Science. UK Environmental Observation Framework. Developing, implementing and evaluating citizen science to study biodiversity and the environment in the UK.