Citizen Science

Citizen Science and Environmental Monitoring: Reflections on NEMC 2017

The National Environmental Monitoring Conference (NEMC) is the largest conference in North America focused on environmental measurements [1]. NEMC 2017, held August 7th to 11th in Washington, DC, featured a half day citizen science session moderated by Jay Benforado, USEPA Office of Research and Development, and Leon Vinci, Drexel University. The session began with five talks from citizen science researchers and practitioners, which inspired a larger discussion about the limitations and possibilities for expanding the impact and scope of citizen science for environmental monitoring.

Citizen Science Is Making it Harder for China’s Biggest Polluters to Hide

Originally featured on New Security Beat, the blog of the Environmental Change and Security Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.


Citizen Science Terminology Matters: Exploring Key Terms

Featured In Citizen Science: Theory and Practice


Podcast: Citizen Science in China

Elizabeth Tyson, Global Fellow, was featured on the podcast Environment China, talking about her years of research in citizen science and Chinese environmental security:

Global Mosquito Alert: UN Backed Citizen Science Platform to Fight Mosquito-Borne Diseases

With the summer approaching, so are the mosquitoes. A UN-backed global platform will align citizen scientists from around the world to track and control these disease-carrying vectors.

Federal Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing Initiative Named Finalist for Harvard’s 2017 Roy and Lila Ash Award for Public Engagement in Government: Reflections from the Wilson Center

The Federal Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing Initiative was announced as a finalist in this year’s Roy and Lila Ash Award for Public Engagement in Government by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Q&A: Citizen Health Innovators



"Citizen health innovators have skin and soul in the game, meaning they have the curiosity and courage to develop and share experiential knowledge about diseases. They dare to improve medical techniques and co-create solutions hand in hand with doctors and researchers.”
---Eleonore Pauwels

Q&A with Eleonore Pauwels


Citizen Health Innovators: The Wilson Center Explores Stories of Modern Health

Washington, DC – There is an increasing “participatory revolution” happening in biomedical research and healthcare, where citizens take their medical future into their own hands.

Research Round Up: Citizen Science at CSCW 2017

The annual ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW)—held this year from Febuary 25th to March 1st in Portland, Oregon—is a venue for presenting research on the technical, social, material, and theoretical challenges of designing technology to support collaborative work and life activities. Research on crowdsourcing and citizen science had a big presence at CSCW this year, with one workshop and at least five papers exploring this paradigm.

Scholarly Publication: Accounting for Privacy in Citizen Science

In citizen science, volunteers collect and share data with researchers, other volunteers, and the public at large. Data shared in citizen science includes information on volunteer location or other sensitive personal information; yet, volunteers do not typically express privacy concerns. This study uses the framework of contextual integrity to understand privacy accounting in the context of citizen science, by analyzing contextual variables including roles; information types; data flows and transmission principles; and, uses, norms, and values.