Citizen Science: Contributions to Astronomy Research [article]

Carol Christian, Chris Lintott, Arfon Smith, Lucy Fortson, Steven Bamford
2012 arXiv   pre-print
The contributions of everyday individuals to significant research has grown dramatically beyond the early days of classical birdwatching and endeavors of amateurs of the 19th century. Now people who are casually interested in science can participate directly in research covering diverse scientific fields. Regarding astronomy, volunteers, either as individuals or as networks of people, are involved in a variety of types of studies. Citizen Science is intuitive, engaging, yet necessarily robust
more » ... its adoption of sci-entific principles and methods. Herein, we discuss Citizen Science, focusing on fully participatory projects such as Zooniverse (by several of the au-thors CL, AS, LF, SB), with mention of other programs. In particular, we make the case that citizen science (CS) can be an important aspect of the scientific data analysis pipelines provided to scientists by observatories.
arXiv:1202.2577v1 fatcat:cxgmmlst2nc3po7jaauiukqnye