OEH Citizen Science Strategy 2016-18

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.

1 January 2016
Office of Environment and Heritage
  • ISBN 978-1-76039-214-7
  • ID OEH20150859
  • File PDF 1.6MB
  • Pages 8
  • Name oeh-citizen-science-strategy-2016-2018-150859.pdf

Citizen science is growing rapidly in Australia and globally and presents valuable opportunities to engage with the community. Despite the potential, there are challenges to make sure the information generated from citizen science is robust, can be readily captured and stored, can produce meaningful results to support decision-making.

OEH citizen science

OEH’s objective is to make sure that all citizen science undertaken or commissioned across OEH meets consistent standards and generates information that will be used by OEH to support decision-making.

There are currently a number of citizen science projects in OEH, including successful projects in National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and other areas of OEH. The Citizen Science Strategy will build on this existing knowledge and capacity to grow citizen science projects in OEH.

This strategy should be read in conjunction with the OEH Citizen Science Position Statement (PDF 1.2MB).

OEH supports citizen science as an exciting and innovative way of improving the scope and quality of information about the environment of New South Wales and to better engage and partner with the community.

OEH is also part of a wider New South Wales, Australian and global community working in this field and will support and collaborate with projects and initiatives of mutual benefit.