Written by Kat Perez
In a world rampant with mobile smart phones-essentially, portable, data collecting devices-data processors have more random data than ever before. So, if data collection has never been easier, why not control the data by asking users for exactly the information you are looking for? Enter citizen science. Rather than spending time, money and energy collecting data to answer questions, researchers are turning to, well, a lot of people.
According to the PEW Research Center, the global average of reported smart-phone ownership is 43%. The majority of this smart-phone toting population lives primarily in developed nations, so this demographic skew should be remembered and accounted for when attempting to utilize citizen science globally.
If you want to utilize this strategy, you need to do the following:
What is required, is websites that are easy to utilize and mobile apps that are simple to comprehend and collect accurate data with, without requiring the user to be an expert in the field of interest or geospatial concepts. The intricacies associate with geospatial data such as projections, datums, time-space etc. will likely have to be accounted for by the web-map maker.
The following are recommendations for creating a system that incorporates citizen science efforts and mobile-app data entry:
Go to the link below to view some AWESOME examples of mobile apps that utilize citizen scientist to collect data: