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Citizen Science Resources

*** Updated March 11, 2019 ***

Data is critical. It drives decisions. It drives science. It drives us forward. To get the robust data sets needed, researchers increasingly look to citizens for contributions.  With the prevalence of tablets and mobile devices, people across the globe can act as observers collecting information for important projects that expand scientific understanding.

Resources for Your Citizen Science Project

This blog post provides quick access to resources to help you get started with creating applications for citizen science projects, analyzing data and communicating results.

ArcGIS Citizen Science Links

Apps for Citizen Engagement/Sharing Data:

ArcGIS Hub/Open Datatwo way engagement to connect with citizens.

Featured ArcGIS Hub App

Zwolle Netherlands SensHagen project citizens share measurements of air quality, precipitation, evaporation, heat and wind.  The site provides citizens means to signup and participate.

Apps for Field Data Collection/Data Input:

Survey 123 for ArcGIS – easily create forms for data collection via web browser or as a native app.  Form based on XLSForm specification.

Featured Survey 123 for ArcGIS App

Arizona Water Watch (AZWW) Mobile App citizen science app to protect Arizona’s waterbodies

GeoForm – utilize this configurable ArcGIS Online template for a form-based data entry in a web browser.

Featured GeoForm App

Indian River Lagoon Florida Community Mapping citizen science app to better understand what motivates an individual to develop a strong sense of place or emotional attachment and where such motivations occur.

Citizen Science Reporter– configure ArcGIS Online web application template that allows members of the public to report sightings of one or more species in a web browser on their tablet, laptop or smart phone.

Featured Citizen Science Reporter App

Invasive Japanese Knotweed Reporter in Ireland – crowdsource reporting on location of this invasive species.

AppStudio for ArcGIS Quick Report – create a citizen engagement native app that allows users to capture an observation and submit it to an online service.

Wildlife Photo Survey – provide a simple to use application for volunteers or the general public to review captured images of wildlife.

Apps for Monitoring Project Data:

Crowdsource Managerusers within an organization review observations submitted through the Citizen Science Reporter or any data collection application created with ArcGIS.

Apps to Communicate, Visualize and Share Citizen Science Data:

Story Map web apps communicate & visualize results.

Featured Citizen Science Story Map App

HERON: A look back at 2017 Many Thanks to all HERON volunteers who monitored colonies, and to landowners who allowed access.

Featured Sharing Data using ArcGIS

Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON) – North American species occurrence data and maps

Additional Example Citizen Science Projects

Additional Story Map Examples

Esri and National Audubon Society

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