Online Citizen Science and the Widening of AcademiaDistributed Engagement with Research and Knowledge Production
Palgrave Studies in Alternative Education
This book examines the increasing popularity of online citizen science projects arising from developments in ICT and rapid improvements in data storage and generation. As these new technologies allow for much higher levels of participation, collaboration and interaction, the author explores what online citizen science projects reveal about the ‘democratisation’ of science and distributed engagement with authentic research. Analysing the wider appeal of these projects as well as their potential for informal science learning and creating communities of practice, this book asks whether ‘citizen’ and ‘researcher’ will ever be on equal footing. Drawn from years of mixed-methods research, this volume sheds light on this under-researched subject area despite its recent growth and enormous potential. It is sure to be of interest to students and scholars of democratised knowledge, citizen science and online learning, as well as those already involved in citizen science.
Chapter 1. Introduction: Distributed Approaches to Making ScienceChapter 2. Exploring Online Citizen Science in Depth: A Tale of Three ProjectsChapter 3. Who Takes Part in Online Citizen Science?Chapter 4. Motivation for Participation: From General Volunteerism to Online Citizen ScienceChapter 5. A Closer Look at Motivation: Citizens and ScientistsChapter 6. Divisions of Labour: Patterns of Participation and Contribution.Chapter 7. Participant Interaction: From Online Forums to Virtual Communities of PracticeChapter 8. Realising the Potential of Online Citizen Science
Vickie Curtis is the Public Engagement Manager at the Wellcome Centre for Molecular Parasitology within the University of Glasgow, UK.
Reveals what online citizen science projects can tell us about the 'democratization' of scienceExplores the wider appeal of these projects and their potential for learning and community creationExamines the increasing popularity of online citizen science projects
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