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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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Internet-Based Social Networking and Collective Action Models of Citizen Science

Internet-Based Social Networking and Collective Action Models of Citizen Science

Theory Meets Possibility

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Citizen Science

Heather A. Triezenberg

Barbara A. Knuth

Y. Connie Yuan

Janis L. Dickinson

Cornell University Press

This chapter focuses on Internet-based social networking and collective action models of citizen science. More specifically, it explores the potential of collective action and social networking theory to improve project designs and thus extend impacts beyond the traditional program goals. The chapter first explains how citizen science functions as a collective action and goes on to discuss social and psychological considerations in collective action, how people participate in citizen science collective actions, and possible effects of enhancing the number of connections across large distances. It then considers the influence of leadership and other social factors on the diffusion of cooperation in social networks, how the impacts of such networks can be investigated, and the use of Internet-based social media to understand how people participate in citizen science. It also examines how social networking can be expected to enhance educational outcomes and concludes by suggesting directions for future research.

Keywords:   social networking, collective action, citizen science, social networking theory, project design, social networks, Internet, social media

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