Citizen participation

Citizen participation

The Philosophical Transactions, the journal published by the Royal Society since 1665, quickly became a platform for scientists to engage with a wide community. Scientists could call for observations of scientific phenomena to be verified by citizens across the world and they could make their own discoveries widely known. Discover for instance one of the earliest project of 'citizen science' launched by James Jurin in 1722 to collect meteorological observations from around the world. 

Read more on 19th century citizen science with the Constructing Scientific Communities Project

Today, in a world of more specialised science and big data, the Zoouniverse platform is a good example of citizen participation. 

Our platform similarly calls for your participation: become a science citizen and transcribe, tag and comment on the items!