Guardian Australia encourages readers to participate in citizen science
Guardian Australia press office Guardian Australia encourages readers to participate in citizen science
As part of Our wide brown land, the interactive will allow Australians to find citizen science projects in their local area
Citizen science is booming in Australia. From birders to school children, Australians are getting out into nature and helping environmental scientists to collect data for their research.
As Australiaâs chief scientist Dr Alan Finkel said at the Australian Citizen Science Association (ACSA) conference in February: âWe have a long history of great citizen science, and we ought to hear more about it.â
As part of the ongoing Our wide brown land series, Guardian Australia will look at how and why theyâre taking part. The outlet will launch an easy to use interactive that allows everyone to find their local citizen science projects. The interactive draws on the project data already compiled by the Atlas of Living Australia and Australian Citizen Science Association. Guardian Australia hopes to inspire new audiences to engage with their local projects. The project is supported by funding from Bank Australia.
Innovative technology has allowed more people to engage with these projects and helps researchers to establish the accuracy of the information collected. This, together with the ongoing funding cuts to science research, means citizens are increasingly filling the data collection void.
Alexandra Spring, commissioning editor, Our wide brown land, said:
âMany of the members of the environmental and scientific community that I have spoken to are excited about the rise of citizen science and the logistical challenges that it can help them to overcome.
âThis section of Guardian Australiaâs ongoing Our wide brown land project will raise the awareness of this often-overlooked part of the environmental movement and hopefully encourage more people to take part in these projects.â
Erin Roger, chair, Australian Citizen Science Association, said:
âScientists need the people power, and the citizens realise they are doing something valuable for the greater good.â
Lenore Taylor, editor, Guardian Australia, said:
âThatâs exactl y the sort of story we want to tell.â
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Launched in 2013, Guardian Australia is a premium digital news site in Australia with a total reach of 2.982m people each month (Nielsen DCR, June 2018). Guardian Australia is a trusted source of quality Australian news, with a particular focus on politics, the environment and social inequality. Guardian Australia offers national news coverage and has four bureaus located in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra. Guardian Australia is also part of the Guardianâs 24-hour global news operation, helping to cover breaking international stories in all parts of the world.
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