On Ethics and Self-Policing in (Citizen) Science

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From Scientific American blog.

By DNLee

uBiome-LogoScience is experiencing a boost in enthusiasm and participation from the Citizen Science Movement.  For those familiar it conjures up images of kids, adults and seniors counting birds or counting stars at night.  Having thousands of eyes and ears all over the globe helping a team of scientists collect or sort through piles of data is so amazing. And impactful and evolving. Not only can you help collect data but you can be apart of the research, too. Projects like Your Wild Life allow you sample species in your navel, under your arm and on your kitchen counter. However, decentralizing the scientific process doesn’t mean that the rules of ethics don’t apply. Indeed Citizen Science becomes more popular and diverse, scientists are working diligently to stay ahead of the Ethics Curve.

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