So How Does Citizen Science Actually Work
What Is Open Research?
Open Research relies on the freely given time of both professional and non-professional scienctists and science enthusiasts. The prople with a natural love of science and understanding contribute their time to work on some of the most challenging problems of our time. Working individually or in ad-hoc teams, the people are making an increasingly important contribution to science as demonstrated in this article
Yes, YOU can be a citizen scientist… So what are you waiting for?
Currently, Puerto Rico is home to several citizen science projects. The Citizen Science Program run by Para La Naturaleza, an independent unit of the Conservation Trust for Puerto Rico, is quite advanced. They conduct investigations in archeology, botany, coasts, birds, the land crab, and bats, and so far their work has engaged over 2,100 citizens who participate in the collection of data and the management of different aspects of the studies. The San Juan Bay Estuary Program also has a citizen science program that involves people in monitoring water quality. Other projects include the Sierra Club – Puerto Rico chapter and their tenacious and successful effort to preserve an ecological corridor that spans the northeast section of the island; Basura Cero, a zero-waste initiative; and the Sociedad Ecoambiental, which conducts activities with university students. Junte Ambiental, Mi Puerto Rico Verde, and the Institute for Caribbean Studies, also promote citizen science actively within their networks.
When a child or even an adult analyzes a water sample that came from the river that runs just steps from his or her home, or takes a nature walk to identify the species, a personal transformation occurs within that individual. Public participation in science makes individuals aware of their surroundings and turns people into defenders of their environment.
Science is, and must be, a passion shared among members of society. Science can change the world. Through citizen science, you can participate, too. Do you want to join us?
Article Extracted from http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2014/09/ignite-the-passion-with-citizen-science/
I hope this article has given you some idea of the principles underpinning Open Research. if you would like to disoever more and how you may be able to contribute, please feel free to explore this blog further.