**This blog entry orginally appeared on the website oceanspaces.org.**/p>
Since we at Ocean Sanctuaries have been working with them over the past year or so, I wanted to put in a plug for Citsci.org, which provides tools for the entire citizen science research process including: creating new projects, managing project members, building custom data sheets, analyzing collected data, and gathering participant feedback.
We currently have duplicated databases from 2 of our marine citizen science projects with them: The Sevengill Shark ID Project and the Yukon Marine Life Survey Project.
Here is some more information from their website: http://citsci.org/cwis438/websites/citsci/about.php?WebSiteID=7
CitSci.org supports your research by providing tools and resources that allow you to customize your scientific procedure – all in one location on the internet.
As your partner in research, CitSci.org provides tools for the entire research process including: creating new projects, managing project members, building custom data sheets, analyzing collected data, and gathering participant feedback.
Citizen science empowers individuals to pursue their interests in the scientific world through developing and implementing projects using the scientific method. As a member of CitSci.org, you are encouraged to investigate your own scientific questions or jump on board as a volunteer for an existing project. CitSci.org stands out for its customization features that allow you to include your creativity into your research.
CitSci.org was developed through the Natural Resources Ecology Lab (NREL) at Colorado State University as an initiative to promote citizen involvement in scientific research. Initial funding came from the National Science Foundation (NSF) under grant OCI-0636213.
We are partnering with Citizen Science Central to connect our volunteer coordinators with resources to help guide them in starting citizen science programs. We also collaborate with the citizen science data management working group of the DataONE program to facilitate data sharing and stewardship.
Not only do we provide an arena for your research investigations, but other researchers look to CitSci.org for data and models. Researchers in academia investigate the workings of CitSci.org in order to better understand the process of citizen science and the quality of data that emerges. In addition to learning more about citizen science, other researchers use the results found from posted projects to complete meta-analyses. Meta-analysis integrates data from various related investigations conducted by various sources to then use these data to answer a single larger question.
Citsci.org also provides valuable webinars and tutorials available as both live and archived sessions on the web, sample webinar:
“How do you go from raw data to meaningful results?” (Part 1 in series of 3)
Feature Friday Webinars: