Citizen science refers to scientific work undertaken by members of the public, often in collaboration with or under the direction of professional scientists and scientific institutions. This is not a new idea, as amateur scientists have been making important contributions to science for many years. What is different today is that technological developments such as the internet, mobile communications and the rapid growth of digital data are opening up new opportunities for people of all ages to get involved.
Here are some links to citizen science projects to spark your interest and show you how it works:
- Atlas of Living Australia – a national biodiversity project: http://www.ala.org.au/get-involved/citizen-science/
- Bowerbird – another Australian biodiversity project: http://www.bowerbird.org.au/
- Redmap – a project to map Australia’s marine species: http://www.redmap.org.au/
- School of Ants – national and international ant research: http://www.schoolofants.net.au/
- Zooniverse – a gateway to a range of citizen science projects across a range of disciplines: https://www.zooniverse.org/
- SciStarter – another gateway to various citizen science projects: http://scistarter.com/
You can find more citizen science projects by Googling ‘citizen science projects’. Enjoy!