Citizen Science in Australia : Achieving Collective Impact

The citizen science field in in Australia is rapidly expanding and shows great potential for improving conservation outcomes. However, the collective impact of the field will remain limited without appropriate institutional-level change. This includes scientist and policymaker acceptance of the validity of citizen science, centralised technology platforms, standardised evaluation methodologies, and network support.

Technology tools to advance citizen science

Technological advances have spurred the increasing popularity of citizen science projects. GIS-enabled web applications allow the collection of large volumes of data; smart phones enable observations to be validated by digital photos; and online portals provide free data sharing. A raft of free online resources also allows rapid and inexpensive project initiation. This blog post…

Citizen science – using people power to fill the conservation data gap

Effective conservation strategies require a detailed understanding of ecosystem functions and trends. However, these occur over such large scales that it is often impossible for scientists to gather enough information to understand them. Scientists are increasingly recruiting members of the public to help fill this data gap – resulting in a boom in the popularity…