Get excited: Friday, April 14 kicks of Citizen Science Day for its second annual celebration! Even more exciting, the name of the event is a bit misleading, as Citizen Science Day actually runs for five weeks from April 14 through May 20, 2017, encompassing hundreds of participatory science initiatives planned virtually and in person around the country. Whether you study in the sciences or not, this is a great opportunity for anyone to contribute to real scientific projects and learn more about a diverse array of research initiatives you have the potential to impact in a few minutes of your spare time.
Citizen Science is defined by the Citizen Science Association as “the involvement of the public in scientific research – whether community-driven research or global investigations.” It describes a method of participatory research by which scientific research teams can uniquely gather and analyze information through the collective efforts of public engagement. Consider spending a bit of time exploring citizen science opportunities to find a project that piques your curiosity. Contributing can be addicting! It may also give you some ideas for how you could use citizen science concepts in your own studies or research.
Browse collections of Citizen Science projects on these platforms (but keep in mind that there are many more out there) :
A few neat online projects to consider, though these are just a drop in the bucket of what is available! :
New Mexico hosts several in-person citizen science initiatives at various times during the year. Visit the following sites to learn how you can get involved:
Curious about whether your research may benefit from Citizen Science? Learn more through books in the library:
Want to learn even more? Consider using library databases to search for research articles and other resources on the topic of citizen science. A Google Scholar search for “citizen science” (in quotes indicating the two words as a phrase) brings more than 29,000 results! Remember, you can always contact your Subject Librarian for research help.