The Federal Community of Practice on Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science (CCS) works across the government to share lessons learned and develop best practices for designing, implementing, and evaluating crowdsourcing and citizen science initiatives.
Citizen science has been around for centuries, with lay people collecting data and making observations for scientists in a variety of fields. And, citizen scientists are contributing to discoveries as much in the 21st century as ever before.
an open-access, peer-reviewed journal published by Ubiquity Press on behalf of the Citizen Science Association. It focuses on advancing the field of citizen science by providing a venue for citizen science researchers and practitioners - scientists, information technologists, conservation biologists, community health organizers, educators, evaluators, urban planners, and more - to share best practices in conceiving, developing, implementing, evaluating, and sustaining projects that facilitate public participation in scientific endeavors in any discipline.
The aim of this project is to strengthen governmental projects that incorporate voluntary and crowdsourced data collection (henceforth VGI) and to provide information that can be used to support wider adoption of VGI. This will be done through compiling and distributing lessons learned and successful models from existing efforts by governments at different sector and scale to engage with these communities.
A research project that is only expert-driven may ignore the role of local knowledge in research, give low priority to the development of a comprehensive communication strategy to engage the community, and may not deliver the results of the study to the community in an effective way.
(The Dewey-Humboldt, Arizona Garden Project)
The Saguaro Census is a long-term monitoring project in Saguaro National Park, Arizona, that features citizen scientist volunteers who learn about ecological change in the park while gathering data on saguaros. In 2010, more than 300 volunteers measured more than 20,000 saguaros. Results of the 2010 Saguaro Census suggest that, after years of decline in at least some areas of the park, the population of this slow-growing, long-lived southwestern cactus species has increased dramatically in recent decades, following the end of a long drought in the 1950s and a warming trend since the 1970s. Citizen science has the potential not only to help parks gather large amounts of data but also to promote greater understanding and communication of natural resources management and climate change science.