‘Citizen Scientists’ on Citizen Science

Sarah Tolbert, Cheyanne Olson, Rehan Ul Haq, Lisa Evans, Ana Paula Oliveira dos Santos, Alice Alves Franco, Iamni Jager, Mario Kovač, Shane Orchard, Stuart Harris, Filip Šrajer, Chris Santos‑Lang, Petar Jandrić, Sarah Hayes, Michael Jopling

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Citizen science, also known as participatory or community science, involves the participation of non-professionally trained individuals in scientific research. This article, part of a series of articles aiming to map and theorise the postdigital dimensions of citizen science, presents diverse narratives from individuals actively engaged in citizen science endeavors. The authors were invited to share their experiences, motivations, challenges, and opportunities in their own words. Their perspectives are organized into three categories: (1) citizen science as a mediator between professional and amateur science, (2) citizen science for diverse publics and community action, and (3) citizen science from the margins. These narratives illuminate citizen science as not just a theoretical construct, but a dynamic methodological prism, revealing the complex entanglement of the postdigital realm and citizen science through innovative sociotechnical methods and approaches. Each contribution highlights the rich possibilities and challenges arising from the intertwining of community researchers and technology in the pursuit of knowledge, meaning, and action. This tapestry of experiences invites further exploration of the evolving landscape of postdigital citizen science.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbers42438-024-00494-0
Number of pages23
JournalPostdigital Science and Education
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2024


  • postdigital
  • citizen science
  • community science
  • participatory science
  • postdigital participation
  • Collective writing
  • Artificial intelligence
  • AI
  • Data
  • Cross-sector
  • Knowledge socialism


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