Book: The Science of Citizen Science
We are very proud to announce our final product of our COST Action CA15212.
The authors of this helpful manual have found each other only through the network of this extraordinary COST Action.
- Provides a unique overview of the field of citizen science
- Explores and summarizes an innovative research field
- Case studies illustrate the varying aspect of citizen science
- Research based on a pan-European networks of experts
This Open Access book discusses how the involvement of citizens into scientific endeavors is expected to contribute to solve the big challenges of our time, such as climate change and the loss of biodiversity, growing inequalities within and between societies, and the sustainability turn. The field of citizen science has been growing in recent decades. Many different stakeholders from scientists to citizens and from policy makers to environmental organisations have been involved in its practice. In addition, many scientists also study citizen science as a research approach and as a way for science and society to interact and collaborate. This book provides a representation of the practices as well as scientific and societal outcomes in different disciplines. It reflects the contribution of citizen science to societal development, education, or innovation and provides and overview of the field of actors as well as on tools and guidelines. It serves as an introduction for anyone who wants to get involved in and learn more about the science of citizen science.