SciStarter.com, a new and improved iteration of Science for Citizens that launched this week, is designed to facilitate more of this kind of crowdsourced science by matching citizen scientists with research projects that need their help. Whether it’s collecting volcanic ash, tracking diabetic health, or taking microbial samples from their water heater tanks, SciStarter volunteers will find hundreds of opportunities to contribute to science in their spare time. Researchers can tap the resources of the growing citizen science community by posting projects there.
Users can search for opportunities by topic – archeology, climate & weather, physics, etc.—or by activity, such as “at the beach,” “in the car,” or “while fishing.” Advertisers will target citizen scientists with tools and gear, like binoculars, telescopes, and cameras. Cavalier says user demographics are broad, and vary by project. People who get involved in environmental conservation science tend to be older with graduate degrees and great income, and astronomy project volunteers are generally younger males, she says.
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