Prepared for Kristin K. | Delivered January 22, 2020
Citizen Science Movement
To develop a thorough understanding of citizen science, including opportunities, threats, growth potential, key organzations and media coverage, to inform social impact initiatives for a biopharma company.
involves leveraging public input in the scientific process, addressing real-world problems.
Published and supported by the US General Services Administration,
offers up to date information about citizen science and showcases
An example of a project is
Bacterial Water Quality Monitoring
in South Carolina, which is currently recruiting volunteers for roles such as data entry and sample collection and analysis.
Citizen science efforts have been highly beneficial, offering
in sustainability efforts by filling data gaps, leveraging resources efficiently, building meaningful relationships with communities, and creating involvement and interest across
Some see citizen science as a
to achieve Sustainable Development goals by 2030.
of citizen science include funding, lack of community engagement for some projects, possible data biases, and the fact that some projects simply cannot be researched through citizen science.
Sample citizen science organizations include
is an organization who is promoting Citizen Science by supporting field research efforts through funding and engaging members of the public as participants.
provides a database of over 3,000 vetted Citizen Science projects.
Citizen science has received some mainstream media coverage, with this
from the Guardian in the UK mostly promoting strengths, but also discussing possible limitations and controversies.
supports citizen science with a portion of its website dedicated to information and projects.
One method of engagement is through
which make the process of contributing fun and interesting, such as QuestaGame, in which users submit photos of wildlife and note where and when the photo was taken. The photos are used by researchers for population tracking and
Growth of Citizen Science
Citizen Science has
signficantly in the past few years, in terms of number of projects, breadth of projects, and involvement of the public.
of people participate in citizen science globally.
We uncovered varied and deep information in our early research, and therefore recommend continuing to develop insights around Citizen Science.
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