A science products inventory for citizen-science planning and evaluation

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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 type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title A science products inventory for citizen-science planning and evaluation
Series title BioScience
DOI 10.1093/bioscience/biy028
Volume 68
Issue 6
Year Published 2018
Language English
Publisher Oxford University Press
Contributing office(s) National Phenology Network
Description 9 p.
First page 436
Last page 444
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