Good Enough? Nichesourcing in Data Quality Assessment

EarthzineCrowdsourcing Theme, Original, Themed Articles

Life isn’t simple when you deal with crowdsourced data. For a small, niche group of expert volunteers, it is possible to assess if the quality of data sourced from official national maps and volunteered geographic information (VGI) is ‰ÛÏgood enough‰Û using a crowdsourcing approach.However, ‰ÛÏgood enough‰Û is a tricky concept when the crowd has a known face and can influence you.

How Citizen Science is Democratizing Research and Environmental Monitoring

Amanda LewanEarth Observation

Originally Published by Yale Environment 360 – When biologist Caren Cooper carries out her avian studies, she’s aided by thousands of assistants, none of whom are paid for their work. That’s because Cooper, a research associate at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, relies on the help of so-called citizen scientists, volunteers from across the country who contribute data.