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The Citizen Observatory: Enabling Next Generation Citizen Science

Publié en ligne: 10 Apr 2022
Volume & Edition: Volume 12 (2021) - Edition 2 (December 2021)
Pages: 221 - 235
Reçu: 05 Nov 2020
Accepté: 24 Jun 2021
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Background: Citizen science offers an attractive paradigm for addressing some of the complex problems facing society. However, translating the paradigm’s potential into meaningful action and sustainable impact remains a formidable challenge. Historically, the citizen science landscape was fractured into silos of activities; nonetheless, it has demonstrably delivered credible results. An innovative concept of the Citizen Observatory offers a tractable means of mitigating many of the recurring issues that historically afflicted citizen science initiatives, thus empowering a new generation of citizen scientists. Citizen Observatories may be regarded as open, standardised software platforms for community-based monitoring of any phenomenon of interest.

Objectives: This paper seeks to validate a Citizen Observatory in a traditional citizen science context, that of butterfly recording.

Methods/Approach: A case study was undertaken in a UNESCO-designated Biosphere Reserve.

Results: A community of citizen scientists successfully recorded various observations concerning butterflies, their feeding behaviours, and their habitat. The resultant dataset was made available to the local government environmental agency.

Conclusions: The Citizen Observatory model offers a realistic basis for enabling more sustainable participatory science activities. Such developments have implications for non-government organisations, businesses, and local governments.


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