This research theme investigates models and aspects of participation in citizen science and biodiversity archives.
Citizen science and other crowdsourcing endeavors are based on a participation model that involves different publics in ‘doing’ science and biodiversity heritage, providing opportunities for non-specialists to contribute expertise to archives and museum databases. The aim of this research is to better understand the implications of user participation in expert knowledge systems and archives – for users and and for organizations in the cultural sector.
The focus of this theme will be on systematic biology and the mapping of biodiversity, in natural history museums as well as communities of interests outside professional institutions.
In which ways may museums’ outreach activities productively align with user perspectives in citizen science?
How do new models of expert-user collaboration change the roles of different parties, and what are ethical and bias issues involved?