When we, as members of the interaction design community, think about citizen science, we tend to envision people collecting, sharing, and acting on local data. Some of us might recall the famous success stories: the Christmas Bird Count, the longest-running citizen-driven bird census, or Project Budburst, which tracks environmental changes by monitoring plant lifecycles.
Inspired by these and other examples, HCI research often discusses citizen science as non-experts acting as scientists . But who are these non-experts, and what types of science are they performing? Reflecting on examples from HCI literature, we might envision a concerned citizen monitoring air quality using low-cost sensors, a passerby tracking water pollution with a mobile phone, or a community documenting invasive species in a local park.
Via Valerie Bauwens