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Open Access: Citizen Science

An overview of open access (OA) basics and resources and open content resources.

Citizen Science Databases

  • Citizen Science Central - A very robust site hosted by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the site includes more than 1,000 browseable and searchable projects.
  • SciStarter - a database to find, join, and contribute to science through more than 1600  formal and informal research projects and events.
  • Zooniverse - a multidisciplinary portal to crowdsourced research projects. Includes links to publications that have resulted from these projects.

Specific Citizen Science Projects

Citizen Science with a local focus

Ten Principles of Citizen Science

Evaluation and Resources

  • ACRL STS Guide to Citizen Science: Resources - resources connected to a conference panel organized by the Association of College & Research Libraries Science & Technology Section and presented at the June 2015 American Libraries Association (ALA) Annual Conference.
  • CitizenScience.org - "Citizen Science" is "scientific work undertaken by members of the general public, often in collaboration with or under the direction of professional scientists and scientific institutions" according to the Oxford English Dictionary. The Citizen Science Association is an emerging collaboration of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the National Park Service, and several other organizations.
  • Evaluation of Citizen Science - links to 20 articles evaluating data quality from citizen science projects from a number of disciplines. Guide maintained by Laura Barnes at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • User's Guide for Evaluating Learning Outcomes from Citizen Science - developed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology researchers for practitioners who want to evaluate learning outcomes from their citizen science projects. There is a powerpoint overview of the guide. The guide "includes a practical overview of evaluation techniques, tips, and best-practices for conducting evaluations, a glossary of terms, and an extensive set of templates and worksheets to help with evaluation planning and implementation."