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Citizen Science projects can improve scientific literacy.

Field Guide to Citizen Science book coverThe Field Guide to Citizen Science: How You Can Contribute to Scientific Research and Make a Difference | Darlene Cavalier, Catherine Hoffman, and Caren Cooper | Timber Press | 2020 | 188 pages | ISBN 978-1604698473 | WorldCat

Community libraries can serve as a hub for citizen science by mobilizing patrons to collect data and spread the word about their efforts, and participants can develop a deeper understanding of scientific and health literacy through their active involvement in the scientific process. The Library and Community Guide to Citizen Science PDF  The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM), a program of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), has expanded its partnership with SciStarter and the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University to support Citizen Science Month. Visit to find projects to help your community explore the impact of the environment on everyone's health.

CDC is leading a national effort to maintain and expand the Tracking Program with support from federal partners, national organizations, recipients, and other key groups. These partnerships enhance CDC’s ability to:

  1. Build a sustainable National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network
  2. Enhance environmental public health tracking workforce and infrastructure
  3. Disseminate information to guide policy, practice, and other actions to improve the nation’s health
  4. Advance environmental public health science and research
  5. Foster collaboration among public health and environmental programs is an official government website designed to accelerate the use of crowdsourcing and citizen science across the U.S. government. The site provides a portal to three key components: a catalog of federally supported citizen science projects, a toolkit to assist federal practitioners with designing and maintaining their projects, and a gateway to a community of hundreds of citizen science practitioners and coordinators across government as called for in the Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science Act of 2016 (15 USC 3724). You can learn more about the activities of the Federal Community of Practice on Crowd Sourcing and Citizen Science in this two-page overview document.

Science Friday has teamed up with Flu Near You to recruit a national team of everyday citizens, you, to build a real-time map of the rise and fall of influenza-like illness in the United States. It’s as simple as reporting how you feel each week.

Participatory Science for Environmental Protection engages the public in advancing scientific knowledge by formulating research questions, collecting data, and interpreting results. Other terms include citizen science, community science, volunteer monitoring, or public participation in scientific research. EPA supports these initiatives through a range of resources including funding, technical support, and tools.

Partnerships for Environmental Public Health is a network that brings together scientists, community members, educators, health-care providers, public-health officials, and policy makers in advancing the impact of environmental public-health research at the local, regional, and national level.

Air Quality Monitoring for Citizen Science

Kids Environment Kids Health Engage young citizen scientists with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) resource for kids, parents, and teachers to find fun and educational materials related to health, science, and the environment we live in today.

Featured Books
Title: Citizen Scientist
Author Mary Ellen Hannibal
Publisher The Experiment
Year published 2017
Book image Citizen Scientist book cover
Title: Diary of a Citizen Scientist
Author Sharman Apt Russell
Publisher Oregon State University Press
Year published 224
Book image Diary of a Citizen Scientist book cover
Title: The Crowd & the Cosmos
Author Christ Lintott
Publisher Oxford University Press
Year published 2020
Book image The Crowd and the Cosmos book cover

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