Apr 10, 2020

Evaluating the ability of citizen scientists to identify bumblebee species

In a paper published in PLOS ONE, professionals in the field of agroecology stress that bee monitoring projects have growing popularity throughout the world, especially among citizen scientists. Although the authors of the paper acknowledge citizen science data as highly valuable, they raise their concern about the quality of data submitted by non-specialists. In their study, they assessed the ability of citizen scientists to record and identify bumblebee species in two different British citizen science projects. The results demonstrate that expert verification is essential – the average accuracy and success rates varied between 40 and 60%. In the conclusions, the authors suggest where resources could be strengthened to improve data quality.

More about CS Track News

Special collection on citizen science in higher education published

Special collection on citizen science in higher education published

Citizen Science: Theory and Practice journal has just released a new special collection on citizen science in Higher Education. This special collection explores the ways both online and field-based citizen science can be integrated in higher education as a tool for...

EU report on open science & societal engagement in research

EU report on open science & societal engagement in research

The EU Commission has recently published a new report entitled "Enabling open science and societal engagement in research". This report presents insights and recommendations from a workshop held on 1 July 2021 attended by beneficiaries of the Science with and for...

Contact Us

All enquiries about our work and outputs are most welcome. Please use the following email address if you would like to contact us and we will make sure that your enquiry is directed to the most relevant CS Track partner.

Email Address
info@cstrack.eu
Twitter Account

Make your inquiry