At SciStarter, we’re see exciting new citizen science opportunities with the development of new online tools and platforms. We’re trying to understand and map out the useful features of different platforms, and know that many of you have questions, experiences, and insights about this topic as well. Over the next few days, we’re interested in your thoughts on the software tools you’ve tried and the tools you’re dreaming about.
With your help, we would like to brainstorm a list of software tools and platforms for citizen science. Please join this discussion and tell us about the software tools you are using or plan to use for your projects. This may include software specifically created to support citizen science projects or custom tools you are developing. Your contributions will help build a list of ideas for others to consider, and help support research about these tools*.
Some questions we ask you to consider:
- When launching a new project, what sorts of technical resources do you have at your disposal (e.g. access to server space, developer time)?
- Would needing such resources pose a barrier?
- How well have existing platforms been able to support your projects? What additional tools or features would you find helpful?
- What strategies have you found to be most useful in recruiting participants, motivating them and keeping them engaged? Are there particular technologies that support these strategies?