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A science products inventory for citizen-science planning and evaluation

April 9, 2018

Citizen science involves a range of practices involving public participation in scientific knowledge production, but outcomes evaluation is complicated by the diversity of the goals and forms of citizen science. Publications and citations are not adequate metrics to describe citizen-science productivity. We address this gap by contributing a science products inventory (SPI) tool, iteratively developed through an expert panel and case studies, intended to support general-purpose planning and evaluation of citizen-science projects with respect to science productivity. The SPI includes a collection of items for tracking the production of science outputs and data practices, which are described and illustrated with examples. Several opportunities for further development of the initial inventory are highlighted, as well as potential for using the inventory as a tool to guide project management, funding, and research on citizen science.

Publication Year 2018
Title A science products inventory for citizen-science planning and evaluation
DOI 10.1093/bioscience/biy028
Authors Andrea Wiggins, Rick Bonney, Gretchen LeBuhn, Julia K. Parrish, Jake Weltzin
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title BioScience
Index ID 70196448
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization National Phenology Network