A review of literature on citizen science: contribution to WP6

Tapsell, Sue M. and McCarthy, Simon (2014) A review of literature on citizen science: contribution to WP6. In: A Review of Literature on Citizen Science: Contribution to WP6. European Commission FP7 ENV.2012.6.5-1, pp. 1-65.

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This report presents the results from a review of literature on „citizen science‟ and related issues to inform work being carried out within Work Package 6 (Governance and social innovation) and specifically Task 6.2 (Stakeholder analysis and engagement) of the WeSenseIt project. The report represents a living document and will be further developed throughout the course of the project. The review is structured as follows. Section 2 begins with a brief history of citizen science, while Section 3 then asks the question „What is citizen science?‟ Examples of various types of projects are given in Section 4 and Section 5 outlines some criticisms and limitations of citizen science projects. A key issue for citizen science projects is engaging and motivating volunteers to participate, these issues are discussed in Section 6, while evaluating citizen science projects is covered in Section 7. Section 8 focuses on the use of social media in citizen science, specifically in relation to disaster response. The final Section 9 includes a summary of key points for achieving successful citizen science projects and engaging and retaining participants.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords (uncontrolled): citizen science, risk, stakeholder engagement, citizen observatory, hazard
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Flood Hazard Research Centre
Item ID: 16267
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Depositing User: Simon Mccarthy
Date Deposited: 27 May 2015 15:33
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2019 05:31
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/16267

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