Science for All!
Citizen Science engages non-professionals of all ages and backgrounds in the process of observing and reporting data to be interpreted and utilized by professional scientists.
Anyone can participate
Participants can be anyone, anywhere. They can adults, students, kids, professionals, retirees, amateurs. Depending on the project, there is a wide range of involvement, from contributing one time data, to committing to make regular observations.
data can help real scientists come to real conclusions
Contributions to citizen science databases is used to inform conservation decisions, policies, peer-reviewed papers and further informs research efforts. Lost species, new species, never-before-seen findings and more have all been reported through citizen science efforts.
participants use the same protocol
so data can be combined and be high quality
Developing protocols allows scientists to compare data from hundreds and even thousands of participants. Depending on the project, the protocols can range from simple to more complicated.
The fields that citizen science advances are diverse
Including ecology, astronomy, medicine, computer science, statistics, psychology, genetics, engineering, and many more. These projects can be a great way to introduce someone to a new field, or immerse someone in a field they already love.
a wide community of scientists and volunteers work together and share data to which the public, as well as scientists, have access
Some citizen science databases also provide ways for participants to explore, summarize, and graphically visualize the collected data.