Anne Bowser, Andrea Wiggins, Lea Shanley, Jennifer Preece, Sandra Henderson
Imagine finding a flower you haven't seen before, or watching the first swallows arrive in your garden each spring. How would you record and share this data with those who can advance science or shape public policy? Every day, millions of "citizen scientists" participate in research to support real-world goals . eBird volunteers contribute natural observations of birds that ultimately inform land conservation policies (http://ebird.org). Players of Foldit, an online game for citizen science, helped to identify a protein crucial to the reproduction of HIV (http://fold.it). Traditional scientific research has well-established rules and procedures, such as informed consent, to…
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