Cool tools and methods for Citizen Science projects
For most of us, citizen science makes us think of crowdsourcing; a voluntary activity by a large, unsolicited group of people (the crowd) who contribute information, ideas or services, usually via the internet.
In projects applied to disaster risk reduction (usually mapping the aftermath of hazardous events) these type of initiative are also sometimes referred to as VGI (Volunteered Geographic Information).
Here are a few examples of research using crowdsourcing for disaster risk reduction:
Other citizen science initiatives (including crowdsourcing) make use of low-cost sensors to enable the public to monitor and collect observational and other sensory data about their environments.
Here are a few examples of research using low-cost sensors as a citizen science tool for disaster risk reduction:
While citizen science itself could be classified as participatory scientific research, here we recognise participatory research techniques as a separate series of methods and tools to support a process of empowering communities to reduce their risk.
Here are a few examples of research using participatory methods as a citizen science tool for disaster risk reduction:
Narratives are not normally associated with citizen science, yet narrative is the process through which which we encode and transmit information. We see several roles which narrative can play in relation to citizen science:
Here are some examples from the research literature of the use of narrative in relation to citizen science: