Hello! Welcome to CitSciBio, a hub for people interested in biomedical citizen science and crowdsourcing! To give you a sense of what we’re all about, I’ve included our mission statement from the About section below:
The Biomedical Citizen Science Hub is sponsored by the Division of Cancer Biology and the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the National Cancer Institute, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers at the National Institutes of Health. Our intent is to create an online collaboration space for the growing and virtually dispersed biomedical citizen science resources, projects, references, methods, and communities to be discovered and engaged by interested stakeholders. This hub is designed to enable the community to:
- Promote the evaluation of citizen science methods and assess which kinds of scientific questions are best-addressed using citizen science approaches.
- Share knowledge, common practices, and successful citizen science methodologies to the biomedical citizen science research community and other stakeholders.
- Build expertise and resources to support the rapidly growing field of citizen science.
- Advocate for and support open and citizen-inclusive (empowered) data sharing and the development of tools and platforms necessary to do this effectively.
- Foster communication and interaction among the geographically dispersed biomedical citizen science practitioners.
- Assess the infrastructure and computational demands associated with direct engagement of patients and the public in data collection, data donation, and data analysis.
- Investigate and maintain informational resources on the ethical, legal, and social implications of research that uses citizen science methods.
That’s a pretty hefty list. There’s no way we can achieve all of that a) immediately, and b) on our own. We hope to bring the community together so everyone can share their experiences and resources, with the understanding that it will take time and there will be a few bumps along the way. Our hope is that you’ll join us in this experiment of sorts, and that it will grow into something meaningful and beneficial to biomedical citizen science practitioners.
We’re pretty new here and are absolutely open to feedback, so please feel free to let us know how we can improve and if you find any bugs (for finding actual insects check out these projects via SciStarter: http://scistarter.com/topic/13-Insects or through one of the project finders in this collection). If you feel lost or want to report something, click on the “Need Help?” link in the upper right corner of every page. You can submit support tickets, ask questions, and find more information from there.
Thanks for coming over and trying out the hub!