Citizen science: Armies of volunteers aid research

May 08, 2011 By MARY ESCH , Associated Press

(AP) -- Besides being a researcher in New York's Hudson River Estuary Program, environmental scientist Chris Bowser leads citizen projects that collect reams of data for other scientists.

His Steve Irwin-style exuberance and enthusiasm make Bowser an ideal leader in the rapidly expanding world of . In return for their volunteer work, these citizen scientists get hands-on experience and learn more about the world around them.

Once restricted mainly to counting birds - most famously, in Audubon's 111-year-old Christmas Bird Count - citizen science has expanded rapidly in recent years, both in number and variety of projects.

Some projects count things - , , frogs. Others record data on water quality, weather or flower budding. Still others already have the data but need a lot of people to sort through it.

Explore further: China's reform of R&D budget management doesn't go far enough, research shows

3 /5 (2 votes)
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Citizen scientist: Helping scientists help themselves

Sep 20, 2010

We are all scientists now, thanks to SETI@home, Galaxy Zoo, The Great Sunflower Project, Folding@home and counltess other projects that allow individuals to take part in scientific research directly or indirectly. In the ...

Birders prepare for count mindful of mass die-offs

Feb 14, 2011

(AP) -- Thousands of citizen-scientists across North America are getting out their tally sheets for the 13th annual Great Backyard Bird Count, a usually festive weekend given a more serious edge after the ...

NASA Invites Public to Take Virtual Walk on Moon

May 11, 2010

(PhysOrg.com) -- More than 37 years after humans last walked on the moon, planetary scientists are inviting members of the public to return to the lunar surface as "virtual astronauts" to help answer important ...

Yahoo! buys Citizen Sports

Mar 17, 2010

Yahoo! made a play for more sports fans on Wednesday with the purchase of Citizen Sports, a startup that makes sports-related applications for Facebook and Apple's iPhone.

Recommended for you

Precarious work schedules common among younger workers

19 hours ago

One wish many workers may have this Labor Day is for more control and predictability of their work schedules. A new report finds that unpredictability is widespread in many workers' schedules—one reason ...

User comments : 0