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Rise of the citizen scientist: using people power to drive research

” In a major review of the citizen science sector in 2018, Queensland’s Department of Environment and Science found two-thirds (66. And a 2018 review of published citizen science projects in the Journal of Science Communication found some scientists placed too high an expectation on the type and quality of data that could be gathered by volunteers. Credit:Campbell Paine The University of Sydney has such belief in citizen science that it has set up a “node” to oversee all the projects across the university that fall under the banner. She said the use of citizen science in their research enabled the sort of trial and error that would be cost-prohibitive if done in a laboratory. Professor Bertsch agreed, and said the issue of demystifying science for non-scientists was an ongoing issue in the modern world.

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