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Online Citizen Science and the Widening of Academia

Distributed Engagement with Research and Knowledge Production


Part of the Palgrave Studies in Alternative Education book series (PSAE)

About this book


This book examines the increasing popularity of online citizen science projects arising from developments in ICT and rapid improvements in data storage and generation. As these new technologies allow for much higher levels of participation, collaboration and interaction, the author explores what online citizen science projects reveal about the ‘democratisation’ of science and distributed engagement with authentic research. Analysing the wider appeal of these projects as well as their potential for informal science learning and creating communities of practice, this book asks whether ‘citizen’ and ‘researcher’ will ever be on equal footing. Drawn from years of mixed-methods research, this volume sheds light on this under-researched subject area despite its recent growth and enormous potential. It is sure to be of interest to students and scholars of democratised knowledge, citizen science and online learning, as well as those already involved in citizen science.


Online learning engagement Collaborative research Wider research engagement Citizen involvement with research Harnessing community engagement in science citizen science online participation democratisation of knowledge

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Wellcome Centre for Molecular ParasitologyUniversity of GlasgowGlasgowUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Vickie Curtis is the Public Engagement Manager at the Wellcome Centre for Molecular Parasitology within the University of Glasgow, UK.

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