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 citizen science approach for malaria mosquito surveillance and control in Rwanda
NJAS Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences 86-87 (2018). - ISSN 1573-5214 - p. 101 - 110.
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.
Addressing socio-ecological development challenges in the digital age : Exploring the potential of Environmental Virtual Observatories for Connective Action (EVOCA)
NJAS Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences 86-87 (2018). - ISSN 1573-5214 - p. 2 - 11.
An affordable and reliable assessment of aquatic decomposition : Tailoring the Tea Bag Index to surface waters
Water Research 151 (2019). - ISSN 0043-1354 - p. 31 - 43.
Applying citizen science for malaria prevention in Rwanda : an integrated conceptual framework
NJAS Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences 86-87 (2018). - ISSN 1573-5214 - p. 111 - 122.
Big data integration : Pan-European fungal species observations' assembly for addressing contemporary questions in ecology and global change biology
Fungal Biology Reviews 31 (2017)2. - ISSN 1749-4613 - p. 88 - 98.
Citizen Science Conference
Citizen Science Terminology Matters: Exploring Key Terms
Citizen Science: Theory and Practice 2 (2017)1. - ISSN 2057-4991 - 20 p.
Citizen Science for health in all policies : Engaging communities in knowledge development
Vrije Universiteit. Promotor(en): A.J. Schuit, co-promotor(en): Annemarie Wagemakers. - : Ridderprint Press - ISBN 9789462996427 - p.