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Title: Ideas for Citizen Science in Astronomy
Authors: Marshall, P. J.
Lintott, C.
Fletcher, Leigh Nicholas
First Published: 18-Jun-2015
Publisher: Annual Reviews
Citation: Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics, 2015, 53, pp. 247-278
Abstract: We review the expanding, internet-enabled, and rapidly evolving field of citizen astronomy, focusing on research projects in stellar, extragalactic, and planetary science that have benefited from the participation of members of the public. These volunteers contribute in various ways: making and analyzing new observations, visually classifying features in images and light curves, exploring models constrained by astronomical data sets, and initiating new scientific enquiries. The most productive citizen astronomy projects involve close collaboration between the professionals and amateurs involved and occupy scientific niches not easily filled by great observatories or machine learning methods: Citizen astronomers are motivated by being of service to science, as well as by their interest in the subject. We expect participation and productivity in citizen astronomy to increase, as data sets get larger and citizen science platforms become more efficient. Opportunities include engaging citizens in ever-more advanced analyses and facilitating citizen-led enquiry through professional tools designed with citizens in mind.
DOI Link: 10.1146/annurev-astro-081913-035959
ISSN: 0066-4146
eISSN: 1545-4282
Embargo on file until: 1-Jan-10000
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2015 by Annual Reviews. All rights reserved.
Description: The pre-review version of this article (the version submitted to the article, prior to peer review) is available. The version accepted for publication is under a permanent embargo in accordance with the publisher's policy.
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