Editor's Choice: On Bee-ing


By: Meredith Cornett

Editor's Choice: And accompanying the more disheartening article about scientists' attitudes towards citizen science, here is a small ray of hope where we hear about one scientist's journey of accepting citizen science as a legitimate methodology through actual participation in a citizen science project. -- LFF -- Excerpt: For years I scoffed at the very notion of “citizen science.” I dismissed it as cumbersome, unreliable, and yielding data of questionable…

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Editor's Choice: Once Teased For Her Love Of Bugs, 8-Yr Old Co-Authors Scientific Paper


By: Camila Domonoske and Merrit Kennedy

Editor's Choice: A warm & fuzzy story about creepy crawlies. Though slightly tangential to citizen science, this story illustrates a key ingredient to successful science outreach: scientists seeing a little bit of themselves in their audience. But don't take my word for it. Listen to Morgan Jackson and Sophia Spencer interviewed on NPR, via the link below. -- AWA -- Excerpt: Sophia Spencer, 8, loves bugs — especially grasshoppers. She's…

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Editor's Choice: Benefits and challenges of incorporating citizen science into university education


By: Nicola Mitchell, Maggie Triska, Andrea Liberatore, Linden Ashcroft, Richard Weatherill, Nancy Longnecker

Editor's Choice: Getting meta with the data. This study examines learning as well as pre- and post- attitudes of college biology students who participate in, what I'd term "deep" inquiry-based learning. The college students were not only assigned to analyze a species’ potential response to climate change using citizen science phenology data, but also to formally evaluate the validity of citizen science datasets. In the process, students gained real-world, critically-engaged…

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Editor's Choice: Between Vision and Reality: A Study of Scientists’ Views on Citizen Science


By: Yaela N. Golumbic, Daniela Orr, Ayelet Baram-Tsabari, Barak Fishbain

Editor's Choice: This article shows how much work remains to be done to convince our scientific colleagues that, appropriately applied, citizen science is a unique tool that can produce excellent science. -- LFF -- Abstract: Increased interest in public engagement with science worldwide has resulted in the growth of funding opportunities for scientists in the rapidly expanding field of citizen science. This paper describes a case study based on interviews…

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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.