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Citizen Science and Ant Diversity

Postby zetreque on July 8th, 2014, 7:59 pm 

(Edit: article no longer works, here is the main url)
http://www.schoolofants.org/

I was wondering what other scientists think about citizen science?

It has pros and cons, but do the pros outweigh the cons?

The major benefit is the spread of education, scientific inquire, and awareness of the world surrounding people.

The drawback is often times the unreliability of the data.

-Is citizen science a really good thing as long as we make clear note the sketchiness of the data contributing to the results?

-Also, does anyone have any good examples to share like the ant story above?

What is going on in the birder world seems to be a good example of citizen science. There are apps you can download on smart phones to identify and input bird sightings into a global database. These kinds of databases could come in very handy for researchers.

Also my thought with this post is to collect citizen science projects that people interested in science could get involved in. Where I live they have citizen science water quality days. Which I have heard argued by scientists that this kind of project doesn't really give any useful data.
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Re: Citizen Science and Ant Diversity

Postby zetreque on July 8th, 2014, 8:43 pm 

That ant diversity project looks cool. Coincidentally I had thought about this a few days ago when someone asked me if one of the ant species I described where I live was invasive.
Maybe I will even participate in this project.



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Re: Citizen Science and Ant Diversity

Postby Watson on May 19th, 2015, 1:48 pm 

FYI- the link in the OP no longer works.
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