What Is Citizen Science?
Research often involves teams of scientists collaborating across continents. Now, using the power of the Internet, non-specialists are participating, too. Citizen Science falls into many categories. A pioneering project was SETI@Home, which has harnessed the idle computing time of millions of participants in the search for extraterrestrial life. Citizen scientists also act as volunteer classifiers of heavenly objects, such as in Galaxy Zoo. They make observations of the natural world, as in The Great Sunflower Project. And they even solve puzzles to design proteins, such as FoldIt. We'll add projects regularly—and please tell us about others you like as well.
Help researchers collect data and to acquire biological information on horseshoe crabs in New York’s Marine District
PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: Matthew Sclafani/John Maniscalo DATES: Ongoing
Hunters can help the N.Y. State Department of Conservation keep tabs on important game birds
PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: Joe Martens, Commissioner DATES: Ongoing
The EPA is offering $125,000 for citizen science projects in New York City
PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: Paula Zevin, volunteer coordinator DATES: Ongoing