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Research

SciStarter is a research affiliate of Arizona State University's School for the Future of Innovation in Society, the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes, and the Center for Engagement and Training in Science and Society.

Through support from the National Science Foundation's Advancing Informal Science Learning, and iCORPS, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, the Simons Foundation, the Sloan Foundation, and the Knight Foundation, SciStarter is emerging as a premier, universal research platform to advance understanding of citizen science and crowdsoucing by making it possible to conduct comprehensive research on projects and participants.  

Feel free to use any of these, and forthcoming, tools and publications:

  • Have you ever wondered how many projects can be done indoors? Or what topics or activities represent the highest number of projects? Or what percentage of projects include classroom materials?  We've made it super simple for you to find out with our Magic 8 Ball for citizen science projects. 
  • Add citizen science to your website by using the free and open SciStarter API key or by embedding our ready-to-use widgets. 
  • SciStarter and Azavea, with a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation,  spent a year investigating developments in software, hardware and data processing capability for citizen science.Look for an update to this report by Q2 2017.
The results of this research are assembled in this four-part report.  The first part, Data Collection Platform Evaluation, examines existing online software platforms designed to support citizen science.  The second, Technology Evaluation, describes recent technology related to sensors, data collection and data visualization.  The last two parts include a set of user interface designs for a future citizen science data collection platform and the results of testing cloud computing platforms for geospatial data processing performance.


 

Post-publication Updates

The CitSci.org application has sent several updates to Part 1 of the report:



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