What the heck is ‘citizen science’?
I’m glad you asked! The term ‘citizen science’ has been used in relation to several concepts over the years, but for the purposes of this blog, citizen science refers to science conducted by average citizens, e.g., people who are not full- or part-time professional scientists but nevertheless have a keen interest in scientific inquiry. Check out my TEDx talk:
And so what’s this blog for?
This blog has two goals. The first goal is that it will become a comprehensive resource for all things related to citizen science: books, papers, discussions, and so on, but especially project listings… categorized and tagged so you can quickly and easily find something you’re interested in.
The second goal is that it convinces you that you can, in fact, do science too, and that you go get your hands dirty and do some… and in so doing, that you connect with other people who share your passions. The coolest thing about living in the 21st century is the fact that many of us have access to some absolutely amazing, increasingly sophisticated, and astonishingly cheap tools… and we have a huge network (the Internet) that allows us to use them across space and time.
On a personal note, this project picks up where I left off with my master’s work way back in 2003. If you’re really keen, you can read a complete PDF copy of that here: Space Exploration Advocacy in the 21st Century: The Case for Participatory Science. You can also read a short version here, where I talk about participatory science vs. citizen science.
And you are?
My name is Chandra Clarke. My day job is being the president of Scribendi.com, an award-winning, ISO certified editing and proofreading company, and Inklyo.com, an online writing courses publisher, both of which I founded with my partner and husband Terence Johnson. If the letters behind a name are important to you, I have a college diploma in industrial robotics, my BA was in English and Psychology, and my MSc was in Space Exploration Studies. There is a method to my apparent educational madness: the prevailing themes are understanding automation, communication, and motivation.
I’m passionate about many things, but foremost among my obsessions is my desire to increase the sum of humanity’s knowledge and understanding of the universe and our place in it. There are many ways I could go about this; I have chosen this path in order to leverage the tools and time available to me to have as much impact as possible. I hope you’ll join me.
This all sounds kinda cool. How can I get involved?
So many ways! The best way is to join the mailing list so you’ll never miss a post or a chance for a good conversation.