From Conservation to Crowdsourcing: A Typology of Citizen Science

Publication Type:

Conference Paper


Proceedings of the Forty-fourth Hawai'i International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-44), Koloa, HI (2011)


<p>Citizen science is a form of research collaboration involving members of the public in scientific research projects to address real-world problems. Often organized as a virtual collaboration, these projects are a type of open movement, with collective goals addressed through open participation in research tasks. Existing typologies of citizen science projects focus primarily on the structure of participation, paying little attention to the organizational and macrostructural properties that are important to designing and managing effective projects and technologies. By examining a variety of project characteristics, we identified five types—Action, Conservation, Investigation, Virtual, and Education—that differ in primary project goals and the importance of physical environment to participation.</p>

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