Recommendations for the creation of a center for citizen science

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The explosive growth of citizen science has led to myriad independent projects in Minnesota and beyond. Here, we examine whether the field of citizen science would benefit from a center to coordinate efforts and help citizen science practitioners. We present results of a focus group-based needs assessment involving 52 practitioners active in citizen science. The main conclusions are that establishment of a center for citizen science would benefit efforts and that a statewide center should serve multiple functions. Though this process focused on Minnesota, we believe our findings and recommendations are applicable to and would benefit Extension efforts anywhere.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number# 4FEA4
JournalJournal of Extension
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2018


  • Coordination
  • Focus group
  • Minnesota
  • Needs assessment
  • Practitioners


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