Citizen Science/Crowdsourcing Online Descriptions

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The Citizen Science/Crowdsourcing Working Group is developing this list of online explanations of citizen science and crowdsourcing.


  • Citizen Science Central (Cornell Lab of Ornithology) describes itself in this way on its website: "Citizen science, volunteer monitoring, participatory action research... this site supports organizers of all initiatives where public participants are involved in scientific research." Their full description of Citizen Science and Public Pariticipation in Scientific Research is here.
  • The Citizen Science Alliance is, according to its website, "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. These projects use the time, abilities and energies of a distributed community of citizen scientists who are our collaborators." Their full description of Citizen Science is here.
  • Wikipedia's entries for Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing.
  • The Citizen Science Association is a growing network of practioners, citizens, and researchers organizing to advance the field of public participation in science.