Whether you’re a professional scientist, a science enthusiast, a concerned citizen, or just an occasional dabbler, there are lots of great reasons to engage in citizen science.
Reasons to volunteer as a citizen scientist include:
Reasons for organizations and professional researchers to involve citizen scientists in their projects include:
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The CMU Libraries’ Open Science and Data Collaborations (OSDC) program manages a range of initiatives aimed at supporting and improving public access to science and scientific products. We do this in three ways: through events, partnerships, and consultations.
For consultations on all things citizen science, including opportunities for students, community resources, and best practices for researchers and instructors, please contact Patrick Campbell using the information provided on CMU Libraries' Staff Profiles page.
Projects in Pittsburgh
Projects in PA
There are many resources online for finding citizen science opportunities. Below is a small sampling of those resources. (Click the logo to visit the site.)
This list contains a selection of hand-picked favorites recommended by OSDC Project Coordinator and resident Citizen Science expert, Patrick Campbell. If you're just getting started with citizen science, this list will expose you to some of the most important and innovative experiments in citizen science!
Check out our Citizen Science Featurettes workshop series to get a guided introduction to these projects and others in a low-stress, beginner-friendly environment.
Project Databases and Platforms
Governmental Agencies with Citizen Science Projects
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