Editor's Choice: What are the prospects for citizen science in agriculture? Evidence from three…

By: Eskender Beza, Jonathan Steinke, Jacob van Etten, Pytrik Reidsma, Carlo Fadda, Sarika Mittra, Prem Mathur, Lammert Kooistra

Agricultural workers have long been collecting data on the natural world, but opening up opportunities for farmers to share information raises questions about who would participate and why. This study is unusual for involving farmers in developing countries as potential stakeholders in citizen science, for whom participation may be meaningfully connected to livelihood. While most farmers in all three countries (Honduras, India, & Ethiopia) owned and regularly used cell phones for…

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Editor's Choice: Environmental Protection and Agency: Motivations, Capacity, and Goals in Participatory Sensing

By: Paul Aoki, Allison Woodruff, Baladitya Yellapragada, Wesley Willett

These computing researchers took a critical look at the current practice of citizen science with the goal of informing the development of tools and technologies. They asked two seemingly simple questions: what drives people to participate, and what are productive ways for people to participate? In the analysis, I particularly like the nuanced understanding of the space that they developed, describing the complex multi-dimensional tradeoffs that must be made and…

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Editor's Choice: What’s in the dirt? City Nature Challenge will send citizen scientists afield

By: Donna Littlejohn

How can museums advance citizen science? The City Nature Challenge makes evident at least three themes: First, a belief that "science is open to all" is consistent with museums' values of inclusivity and access. Second, museums know partnerships. (To realize this competitive bioblitz event, the California Academy of Sciences and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County enlisted a number of peer museums, NGOs, universities and colleges and other…

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Editor's Choice: TWS member’s citizen science project tracks a wildlife hazard — balloons

By: The Wildlife Society

One goal of citizen science is to encourage dissemination of citizen-made observations and knowledge gained about the interactions between the human-made and natural environments—even if that knowledge makes us uncomfortable in confronting  potentially damaging cultural traditions. Here we see something as seemingly innocent as a celebratory balloon release can have disastrous consequences. -- LFF -- Excerpt: Matthew Bettelheim had seen one too many balloons, deflated and forgotten, lying around in nature.…

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Welcome to Citizen Science Today!

We're delighted to announce the launch of Citizen Science Today as the latest PressForward publication, presented by the Zooniverse and our friends from the growing community of researchers and practitioners of citizen science.

About Citizen Science Today

CST is an experimental monthly publication with the goal of aggregating and highlighting good writing and clear-sighted scholarship related to citizen science, wherever it may come from.