Buzzword Bingo: Citizen Science = Science undertaken with the participation of the wider community of non-scientists, particularly in the collection of data
Citizen Science

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Citizen Science = Science which is undertaken with the participation of the wider community of non-scientists

Also see scicomm


Next steps for citizen science
Crowdsourcing biodiversity: Citizen Science comes of age
Open Data and the Next Evolution in Citizen Science
Why citizen scientists help and how to keep them hooked
Crowdsourcing astronomy: how backyard stargazers helped unlock SS Cygni’s secrets
Open Air Laboratories (Opal) project
Opal report marks landmark in UK citizen science
Want to help identify star clusters in Andromeda galaxy?
Review highlights role of citizen science projects - BBC
The Case (Study) of Arsenic Life: How the Internet Can Make Science Better
Citizen scientists hit one million mark for observations of nature
A Big Day for Science: Citizens Have Contributed One Million Observations to Top Nature Database
Mission to map 10 million species in 50 years
Op-Ed: How Traditional Publishing Hurts Scientific Progress
Open-source satellite project puts citizen science sensors in space
Bug gurus spot new species -- on Flickr
Amateurs help find 'Tatooine' planet with 2 suns — and bonus


Environmental Information: The Roles of Experts and the Public - @STIPCommonsLab; #commonslab

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Is citizen science the same as open science?
Why does astronomy appear to win over more 'citizen scientists' than other sciences?


S. genuflexa was described by Alex Popovkin, an amateur botanist who has catalogued and photographed over 800 species in his property in Bahia. In his efforts to identify it, Popovkin contacted experts in several countries. Finally, a botanist named Lena Struwe from Rutgers University in New Jersey, US, offered to help Popovkin study the new species. Dr Struwe said: "This story shows that scientists need amateurs, naturalists, and citizen scientists to help discover and describe the amazing biodiversity that has evolved on Earth.
New species of genuflecting plant buries its own seeds

The Coming Data Deluge - As science becomes more data intensive, so does our language

Everybody loves dragonflies! Take your own fascination with them to the next level by posting your observations online at OdonataCentral, the worldwide distribution hub for information on dragonflies and damselflies, with information on species size, characteristics, distributions, habitats, and flight seasons. Find out more...

And now, the weather... from 1914

Moon Zoo
Old Weather - Jump aboard!
Using citizen science to study saguaros and climate change at Saguaro National Park



The Story of a Fluke
How Flickr can help save the whales


April 2014 Star Date: M83 A Citizen Science Project to Age Date Star Clusters

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Citizen scientists produce real results - Professional scientists all over the world are working with non-professionals to collect and analyse scientific data.

Citizen science - Data from field observations is the bedrock of good environmental science and thanks to a growing band of citizen scientists - help is at hand.

Creating an underground map of WA - Travellers in WA are being encouraged to stop and collect soil samples in a massive citizen science project. MicroBlitz is enticing farmers, families, school children, environmental groups and grey nomads to collect soil samples on their travels or properties which will allow University of Western Australia researchers to build a baseline map.

Citizen science - From solar eclipses to counting frogs, millions of ordinary people are engaged in collecting data on a wide range of science projects either out in the field or via the Internet. Are you one of them? Is it 'real' science or just a hobby?

Crowd Science - When scientists face a ‘big project’ conundrum, when a mass of data seems insurmountable, they have a new solution: calling in non-scientists.

ClimateWatch - A citizen science initiative - ClimateWatch is a citizen science initiative that investigates how events in the life cycles of plants and animals are influenced by seasonal change and variations in climate – especially temperature. If these life cycle events consistently occur earlier or later than expected, it could indicate more profound climatic events.

A golden age of astronomy - Powerful new telescopes are allowing us to explore the once unimaginable. But astronomy is fast becoming as much about data management and interpretation as it is about stargazing.



Milky Way Project

The Milky Way Project has been live since December 7th and is still going strong, taking data from the Spitzer Space Telescope and asking you all to help us map the galaxy. If you haven't tried it out yet,

The Milky Way project volunteers have collectively classified more than 116,000 images. This involved marking a whopping 141,000 bubbles, 5,000 possible galaxies and 15,000 star clusters! Those are the raw numbers. When we combine all the individual drawings we find that you have created a catalogue of about 5,000 unique bubbles between you. This is about ten times larger than the current best published catalogue!

You can read more on the blog about the way we collate the data, on the blog, at The science team are all incredibly excited to begin working with your data to create new and updated catalogues of bubbles, star clusters, galaxies and more.

We have also created a list of the Top 10 images from across the whole project. This is a beautiful collection of images that you can view either as a blog post at or
on Milky Way Talk at

Buzzword Bingo

Buzzword Bingo: Fluker Post = Community-based environmental monitoring @FlukerPost
Buzzword Bingo: Open science = Movement to make scientific research accessible to all levels of an inquiring society

Biodiversity and Parks

Atlas of Living Australia
protected planet

Crowdfunding and Citizen Science -

Elsewhere on the Web

Open Science Collaboration Blog - @CitSciCentral - @mhaklay - @cosmoquestX - @RedmapMarine

Flickr Groups

Science for kids
Frontiers for Young Minds
A science journal for kids, edited by kids