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Citizen SciencePublic Participation in Environmental Research$
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Janis L. Dickinson and Rick Bonney

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449116

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449116.001.0001

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Overview of Citizen Science

Overview of Citizen Science

(p.19) 1 Overview of Citizen Science
Citizen Science

Rick Bonney

Janis L. Dickinson

Cornell University Press

This chapter presents an overview of citizen science, which is founded on the idea that anyone—regardless of background, formal training, or political persuasion—can participate in scientific research. The citizen science projects described in this book generally follow the model for large-scale, Internet-based project development and implementation developed at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology over the last two decades. What sets this model apart from earlier approaches is its focus on the geographic extent of data collection and its cross-disciplinary approach to program development: it combines environmental biology and social science, education, geospatial statistics, evaluation research, marketing, communications, and information science. This chapter discusses the steps involved in citizen science project development, including data analysis and interpretation, dissemination of results, and measurement of project outputs and outcomes.

Keywords:   citizen science, scientific research, citizen science projects, project development, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, data collection, environmental biology, data analysis

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