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Citizen Science

June 4, 2016 by

I love discovering ways that we human beings can interact with each other based on our willingness and our minds and nothing else, and so I am so excited to have come across a beautiful way that ANYONE can engage in vital community/natural world focused issues.

Citizen science is increasingly popular as a way of engaging the community in scientific research, and is an excellent hobby for enquiring minds. Put simply (although many definitions exist), citizen science is scientific work undertaken by members of the general public, often in collaboration with or under the direction of professional scientists and scientific institutions. Examples of such scientific activities include collecting and analysing data, developing technology, and testing natural phenomena. Even though citizen science is not new, there has been a huge growth over the past decade, mostly because of easily accessible recording devices such as mobile phones.

Globally, citizen scientists now participate in a range of activities including:

  • collecting biodiversity observations

  • data and image processing

  • instrument monitoring

  • transcription.

Citizen science is an important tool that is helping to fill knowledge gaps. Our vision for citizen science is to drive a new era of public participation in science by developing collaborative projects that support decision-making and are engaging for the public.

Visit http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/research/citizenscience.htm to find how your enquiring mind can be engaged for the good of our shared planet! 

Should you get involved in a project, please let us know what it is and how we can partner with you in your efforts.

 

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