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Citizen Science and Crowd Sourcing: Citizen Science


This page is designed to introduce new Community Scientists to the basics of contributing to large open educational research programs in your community and worldwide. It provides a brief overview of organization and where to projects.

Getting Started

Training and Videos

Community Science Communication

Project Portals


SciStarter is a globally acclaimed, online citizen science hub where more than 3,000 projects, searchable by location, topic, age level, etc, have been registered by individual project leaders or imported through partnerships with federal governments, NGOs, and universities.

            The Zooniverse is the world’s largest and most popular platform for people-powered research.

            Outdoor Volunteer Opportunities in New England

Get ideas for how you can participate in citizen science—projects in which volunteers and scientists work together to answer real-world questions and gather data.

Smithsonian researchers enlist volunteers for an array of tasks, both onsite and online. Depending on your interests, you can help sustain species around the globe and even solve mysteries of the planets and stars! is an official government website designed to accelerate the use of crowdsourcing and citizen science across the U.S. government.

Projects with the  icon can be done by anyone, anywhere, with just a cellphone or laptop.

Disaster Response and Recovery

  • Did You Feel It? - an online platform, maintained by USGS, through which individuals can report whether or not they experienced an earthquake: and how intense the quake was if they did.
  • mPING - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s mPING project employs citizen scientists to gather weather data.