Assessing the Quality and Trustworthiness of Citizen Science Data

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The Internet, Web 2.0 and Social Networking technologies are enabling citizens to actively participate in ‘citizen science’ projects by contributing data to scientific programmes via the Web. However, the limited training, knowledge and expertise of contributors can lead to poor quality, misleading or even malicious data being submitted. Subsequently, the scientific community often perceive citizen science data as not worthy of being used in serious scientific research—which in turn, leads to poor retention rates for…