- Title Pages
- Notes on Contributors
- Part I The Practice of Citizen Science
- 1 Overview of Citizen Science
- 2 Projects and Possibilities
- 3 Using Bioinformatics in Citizen Science
- 4 Growing the Base for Citizen Science
- 5 What Is Our Impact?
- Part II Impacts of Citizen Science on Conservation Research
- 6 The Opportunities and Challenges of Citizen Science as a Tool for Ecological Research
- 7 Widening the Circle of Investigation
- 8 Using Data Mining to Discover Biological Patterns in Citizen Science Observations
- 9 Developing a Conservation Research Program with Citizen Science
- 10 Citizens, Science, and Environmental Policy
- Part III Educational, social, and Behavioral Aspects of Citizen Science
- 11 Cognitive Considerations in the Development of Citizen Science Projects
- 12 Who Poses the Question?
- 13 A Gateway to Science for All
- 14 Children and Nature
- 15 Internet-Based Social Networking and Collective Action Models of Citizen Science
- 16 A Role for Citizen Science in Disaster and Conflict Recovery and Resilience
- Literature Cited
- (p.235) Afterword
- Citizen Science
John W. Fitzpatrick
- Cornell University Press
This book concludes with an afterword that reiterates the important role of citizen science in fostering individual inquiry. It describes citizen science as an extraordinary new stage in democratizing the organization of human curiosity, citing the explosion of local, regional, and globally scaled citizen science projects as one of the most profoundly important social consequences of the development of the Internet. It also takes note of the fact that the environmental sciences have taken the lead in developing the approaches and technologies required of citizen science. Finally, it discusses some of the challenges facing citizen science and emphasizes the power of citizen science projects to provide solutions to a host of global problems in the twenty-first century, including climate change.
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