The Spectrum of Citizen Science Projects in Astronomy and Space Science

Mendez, Bryan J. H. and Day, Brian and Gay, Pamela L. and Jacoby, Suzanne H. and Raddick, M. Jordan and Walker, Constance E. and Pompea, Stephen M. (2010) The Spectrum of Citizen Science Projects in Astronomy and Space Science. In: Science Education and Outreach: Forging a Path to the Future. Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series, pp. 324-333.


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Citizen science projects are gaining in popularity and are seen by some as a paradigm shift that will benefit participants, extend scientific research, and improve public understanding of how science is done. All projects engage nonspecialists in observations, measurements, or classifications that further some aspect of scientific activity. In astronomy and space science, there is a range of involvement from passive to active, and differences in how necessary the citizen scientists are to the scientific goals of the project. Some projects are dealing with scientific questions that could not be investigated effectively and efficiently without the aid of large numbers of human volunteers. We will conduct a panel discussion of the lessons learned from several current citizen science projects in astronomy and space science. We will also engage session participants in round table discussions of future citizen science projects, especially in light of the large data sets becoming available online and access to educational telescopes.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
Depositing User: Dr Michael Fitzgerald
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2017 09:51
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2018 09:26

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