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Citizen Science: Theory and Practice
26 Publications
OpenAIRE 3.0 (OA, funding)


  • The Wabash Sampling Blitz: A Study on the Effectiveness of Citizen Science

    Muenich, Rebecca Logsdon; Peel, Sara; Bowling, Laura C.; Haas, Megan Heller; Turco, Ronald F.; Frankenberger, Jane R.; Chaubey, Indrajeet (2016)
    The increasing number of citizen science projects around the world brings the need to evaluate the effectiveness of these projects and to show the applicability of the data they collect. This research describes the Wabash River Sampling Blitz, a volunteer water-quality monitoring program in Central Indiana developed by the Wabash River Enhancement Corporation (WREC). Results indicate that field test strips for nitrate+nitrite-N read by volunteers generally agree with lab-determined values. Or...

    Mapping Life – Quality Assessment of Novice vs. Expert Georeferencers

    The majority of the world’s billions of biodiversity specimens are tucked away in museum cabinets with only minimal, if any, digital records of the information they contain. Global efforts to digitize specimens are underway, yet the scale of the task is daunting. Fortunately, many activities associated with digitization do not require extensive training and could benefit from the involvement of citizen science participants. However, the quality of the data generated in this way is not well un...

    Contrasting the Views and Actions of Data Collectors and Data Consumers in a Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Project: Implications for Project Design and Management

    Cooper, Caren B.; Larson, Lincoln R.; Krafte Holland, Kathleen; Gibson, Rebecca A.; Farnham, David J.; Hsueh, Diana Y.; Culligan, Patricia J.; McGillis, Wade R. (2017)
    Data collection or generation is the primary way that the majority of volunteers advance the scientific goals of citizen science projects, but other activities such as data consumption also may influence learning, civic, and conservation outcomes. Project designers and managers balance goals for multiple outcomes and thus need to consider the influence of all project-related activities on outcomes. In a study of the kayak-based Citizen’s Water Quality Testing (CWQT) Program in New York City, ...

    Public Perceptions of Citizen Science

    Lewandowski, Eva; Caldwell, Wendy; Elmquist, Dane; Oberhauser, Karen (2017)
    Members of the public are the foundation and the backbone of citizen science, but much remains unknown about how the public views citizen science. We conducted a survey of public familiarity with, and perceptions of, citizen science. We found that less than half of respondents were familiar with the term “citizen science,” but over 70% were familiar with the concept by another name. Most respondents were more confident in hypothetical citizen science findings when professional scientists were...

    Identifying Barriers to Citizen Scientist Retention When Measuring Pollination Services

    Kleinke, Brian; Prajzner, Scott; Gordon, Chelsea; Hoekstra, Nicole; Kautz, Andrea; Gardiner, Mary (2018)
    Pollination Investigators is a citizen science program designed to quantify the pollination service provided within home gardens. The goal of our initial study year was to develop and evaluate an experimental protocol using a survey to gather participant feedback. At three workshops held in the spring of 2014 we distributed sampling protocols along with eight (two of each species) sweet pepper, cucumber, tomato, and sunflower seedlings to 64 volunteers. Volunteers established the seedlings in...
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