Citizen Science is scientific work undertaken by volunteers -- members of the general public, just like you. Volunteers often work in collaboration with or under the direction of professional scientists and scientific institutions. Citizen science allows everyone to contribute to science no matter where they are. Whether by asking questions, reporting observations, conducting experiments, collecting data, or developing low-cost technologies and open-source code, members of the public can use their talents to help advance scientific knowledge and contribute to a greater good.
With citizen science and crowdsourcing, we can help:
Helping federal agencies accelerate innovation through public participation. Citizenscience.gov is an official government website designed to accelerate the use of crowdsourcing and citizen science across the U.S. government.
Home of the Citizen Science Association. CitizenScience.org aims to harness the knowledge gained by practitioners and researchers across the field of citizen science to build collaboration, community and credibility.
Science we can do together. SciStarter is the place to find, join, and contribute to science through more than 1600 formal and informal research projects and events. Our database of citizen science projects enables discovery, organization, and greater participation in citizen science.
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Citizen science is the involvement of the public in scientific research – whether community-driven research or global investigations. The Citizen Science Association unites expertise from educators, scientists, data managers, and others to power citizen science. Join us, and help speed innovation by sharing insights across disciplines.