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    DescriptionCitizen science enlists members of the public to make and record useful observations, such as counting birds in their backyards, watching for the first budding leaf in spring, or measuring local snowfall. The large numbers of volunteers who participate in projects such as Project FeederWatch or Project BudBurst collect valuable research data, which, when pooled together, create an enormous body of scientific data on a vast geographic scale. In return, such projects aim to increase participants' connections to science, place, and nature, while supporting science literacy and environmental stewardship. In Citizen Science, experts from a variety of disciplines including scientists and education specialists working at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, where many large citizen science programs use birds as proxies for biodiversity share their experiences of creating and implementing successful citizen science projects, primarily those that use massive data sets gathered by citizen scientists to better understand the impact of environmental change.This first and foundational book for this developing field of inquiry addresses basic aspects of how to conduct citizen science projects, including goal-setting, program design, and evaluation, as well as the nuances of creating a robust digital infrastructure and recruiting a large participant base through communications and marketing. An overview of the types of research approaches and techniques demonstrates how to make use of large data sets arising from citizen science projects. A final section focuses on citizen science's impacts and its broad connections to understanding the human dimensions and educational aspects of participation. Citizen Science teaches teams of program developers and researchers how to cross the bridge from success at public engagement to using citizen science data to understand patterns and trends or to test hypotheses about how ecological processes respond to change at large geographic scales. Intended as a resource for a broad audience of experts and practitioners in natural sciences, information science, and social sciences, this book can be used to better understand how to improve existing programs, develop new ones, and make better use of the data resources that have accumulated from citizen science efforts. Its focus on harnessing the impact of "crowdsourcing" for scientific and educational endeavors is applicable to a wide range of fields, especially those that touch on the importance of massive collaboration aimed at understanding and conserving what we can of the natural world."

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    Citizen Science
    Public Participation in Environmental Research
    Authors and contributors
    Foreword by Richard Louv, Edited by Janis L. Dickinson, Edited by Rick Bonney, Afterword by John W. Fitzpatrick
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 235 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 628 g
    ISBN 13: 9780801449116
    ISBN 10: 0801449111

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCP
    BIC subject category V2: PDZ
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16000
    Ingram Subject Code: SO
    Libri: I-SO
    B&T General Subject: 710
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 02
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 05
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    BISAC V2.8: SCI063000, SOC015000, EDU029030
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: SCI043000
    DC22: 304.2072
    BISAC V2.8: NAT000000
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: GE70 .C543 2012
    LC subject heading:
    DC23: 304.2072
    Ingram Theme: INDS/ENVSTD
    Thema V1.0: JNU, YPMP, PDM, PDZ
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    40, 5 black & white halftones, 1 figures, 3 maps, 6 tables, 25 charts
    Cornell University Press
    Imprint name
    Comstock Publishing Associates
    Publication date
    24 April 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Review quote
    "Dickinson and Bonney's volume, Citizen Science, represents an important foundation text to launch the burgeoning arena of citizen science. . . . This book provides the 'recipes for all scientists to undertake an aspect of citizen science as part of their research portfolio. My overall reaction is Awesome!'" Meg Lowman, Ecology (April 2013)"