Citizen science in OEH
Citizen science is increasingly popular as a way of engaging the community in scientific research, and is an excellent hobby for enquiring minds. Put simply (although many definitions exist), citizen science is scientific work undertaken by members of the general public, often in collaboration with or under the direction of professional scientists and scientific institutions. Examples of such scientific activities include collecting and analysing data, developing technology, and testing natural phenomena. Even though citizen science is not new, there has been a huge growth over the past decade, mostly because of easily accessible recording devices such as mobile phones.
Globally, citizen scientists now participate in a range of activities including:
- collecting biodiversity observations
- data and image processing
- instrument monitoring
Citizen science is an important tool that is helping to fill knowledge gaps. Our vision for citizen science is to drive a new era of public participation in science by developing collaborative projects that support decision-making and are engaging for the public. In order to achieve this vision, we developed an OEH Citizen Science Strategy 2016–18 (PDF 1.1MB) that will help focus citizen science projects on strategic issues and guide development of citizen science more broadly. This strategy should be read in conjunction with the OEH Citizen Science Position Statement (PDF 1.2MB) which describes the standards and principles OEH will use when creating citizen science projects and commissioning others to undertake projects.
Page last updated: 21 July 2016