Definition of citizen science in English:

citizen science


  • The collection and analysis of data relating to the natural world by members of the general public, typically as part of a collaborative project with professional scientists.

    ‘the director of education sees a need for citizen science in astronomy’
    [as modifier] ‘citizen science projects’
    • ‘The National Park Service also runs long-term citizen science programs in many areas, tapping into the goodwill and expertise of many outdoor enthusiasts.’
    • ‘"This is the first time anybody has tried to do this citizen science work in real time," Tarter said.’
    • ‘This shift towards citizen science goes much further than the current double-science integrated course in distancing itself from traditional physics, chemistry and biology teaching.’
    • ‘They were on a mission to tally salamanders as participants in one of a series of "citizen science" outings organized by the Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration's Amphibian Monitoring Project.’
    • ‘Alternatively, civic science has also been identified with "citizen science," where citizens act as researchers.’
    • ‘Citizen science really is what the Christmas Bird Count is about.’
    • ‘Finally, we have learned that these high-profile birds of conservation concern can be surveyed by the "citizen science" model pioneered in the Cerulean Warbler Atlas Project.’
    • ‘Across the country, wildlife researchers are discovering the benefits of an emerging "citizen science" movement.’
    • ‘The Birdhouse Network maintains data on more than 30 species of cavity nesters, displays pictures from nest-box cameras, and sponsors "citizen science" research.’
    • ‘The Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology is a nonprofit membership institution with the mission to interpret and conserve the Earth's biological diversity though research, education, and citizen science focused on birds.’