The landscape of environmental and ecological citizen science

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We scored 509 citizen science projects in ecology and the environment for 32 attributes, based on publicaly-available information.

With analysis of these data, we described the landscape of citizen science according to 3 axes, explaining the methodological approach (Axis 1), its complexity (Axis 2) and the distinction between entirely computer-based projects and the rest (Axis 3).

This application allows anyone to describe their own citizen science according to the attributes we used, to see how their activity compares to the 509 projects we considered in our study.

This tool is designed to complement the open access paper Pocock et al. , due to be published in 2017.

How does your activity compare to others?

Describe your activity

Enter the details of your activity according to the 32 attributes below.

1. Overview

2. Background and presentation

3. Protocols

4. Methods for engaging and supporting

5. Details of the data collected

6. Details of project feedback, and data availability

Position of your activity

The grey points show the position of the 509 environmental and ecological citizen science activities considered by Pocock et al. Those that are hatched are the 'entirely computer-based' acitvities, defined by their position on Axis 3. Click on any grey point to see a link the to the project page (information correct at time of survey).

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This R Shiny app was created by Michael Pocock in 2016 using the R libraries PCAmixdata and googleVis .

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to accurately classify projects based on openly-available information from project websites in 2014. Information on projects may have changed since then. We are only providing links to projects for information and convenience. We have not evaluated the 'success' of projects, and note that 'success' can be defined in many different ways. Therefore, the position of a project in the citizen science landscape should not be taken as an indication of success.

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