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#FuturePub - Citizen Science, Open Science & scientific publications

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Slides from a short talk at the #FuturePub 7 event, London, 10 May 2016. Covering a bit of background of citizen science, explaining the link to open science, and issues of scientific publishing that emerge from these interactions

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#FuturePub - Citizen Science, Open Science & scientific publications

  1. 1. Citizen Science, Open Science & scientific publication Muki Haklay Extreme Citizen Science (ExCiteS) research group, UCL @mhaklay
  2. 2. Citizen Science (OED 2014) citizen science n. scientific work undertaken by members of the general public, often in collaboration with or under the direction of professional scientists and scientific institutions. citizen scientist n. (a) a scientist whose work is characterized by a sense of responsibility to serve the best interests of the wider community (now rare); (b) a member of the general public who engages in scientific work, often in collaboration with or under the direction of professional scientists and scientific institutions; an amateur scientist.
  3. 3. Increased level of education 0 200 400 600 800 1000 1200 1400 1970 1975 1980 1985 1990 1995 2000 2005 2010 Millions Enrolment in tertiary education, all programmes, both sexes (number)
  4. 4. Broadband growth
  5. 5. Volunteer computing You can join World Community Grid at
  6. 6. Volunteer thinking Source: Tim Causer, Faculty of Laws see
  7. 7. Community-led air quality studies
  8. 8. Citizen Science & Open Science • Participants are well educated & contributing to science is known to be a core motivator • Provided free labour or resources, and more want to see outputs used openly • Have the right to read about the research they’ve done • It’s necessary to keep motivation & feedback • Participants can also analyse the data and might have their own analysis, visualisation and conclusions. Open source tools make this possible.
  9. 9. Citizen Science & Scientific Publication • Strong support for Open Access • Reluctance to engage / open criticism for engagement with some publishers • Creative solutions to open access to data & publications emerge