Citizen science is research which is wholly or partially carried out by amateurs of non-professional scientists. In the dossier, you will find news and background information, as well as research results that were obtained through citizen science projects of Wageningen University & Research.
Citizen Science certainly has added value, for example for policy-making. Did you know that 95% of Dutch EU reports on biodiversity are filled with citizen science data? The data gathered by volunteers are increasingly used for all sorts of scientific research and publications.
There also is added value for society. By collecting data about nature, volunteers become more knowledgeable and more involved in their natural environment.
Eventually, there is a financial aspect as well: citizen science is perhaps not free, but still much more economical than data being collected by paid professionals. Some research would even be impracticable if data were not collected by volunteers.
There exist many different kinds and levels of citizen science, and citizen science is used with different objectives in mind. Reliability of data depends on the purpose of the research.
In some instances, there is justified concern about the scientific validity of citizen science projects. Therefore, increasingly checks and balances are built in to make sure that data serve their purpose. With plenty of attention to preparation, communication and monitoring, the use of citizen-collected data can be of great use in scientific research.
Publications on citizen science
'Media-aandacht is cruciaal': Arnold van Vliet : wetenschapper voor het publiek
WageningenWorld (2014)4. - ISSN 2210-7908 - p. 34 - 39.
A comparative analysis of ecosystem services valuation approaches for application at the local scale and in data scarce regions
Ecosystem Services 22 (2016). - ISSN 2212-0416 - p. 250 - 259.
Big data integration
Fungal Biology Reviews 31 (2017)2. - ISSN 1749-4613 - p. 88 - 98.
Citizen Science Conference
Citizen Science Terminology Matters: Exploring Key Terms
Citizen Science for public health
Health Promotion International (2016). - ISSN 0957-4824
Citizen Sensing for Improved Urban Environmental Monitoring
Journal of Sensors 2016 (2016). - ISSN 1687-725X - 9 p.
Citizen science and remote sensing for crop yield gap analysis
University. Promotor(en): Martin Herold, co-promotor(en): Lammert Kooistra; Pytrik Reidsma. - Wageningen : Wageningen University - ISBN 9789463436410 - p.
Citizen science based symptom scores of allergic rhinitis to validate the grass pollen hay fever forecast
European Respiratory Journal 46 (2015)suppl 59. - ISSN 0903-1936
Citizen science for water resources management: toward polycentric monitoring and governance?
Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management 142 (2016)4. - ISSN 0733-9496 - 4 p.