"“Citizen Scientists” are people who conduct volunteer scientific research without formal credentials. The data gathered and reported by citizen scientists is used by professional scientists and is typically available to the public. Anyone with an interest can be a citizen scientist; the complexity ranges from making and reporting simple observations with the naked eye to using very high tech equipment costing thousands of dollars." (http://citizensci.com/about/)
More information at http://citizensci.com/ (blog)
- Citizen Scientists (2009) Jack Stilgoe, DEMOS, London, UK
"This pamphlet argues that we need to find, learn from and support our Citizen Scientists, presenting five examples from around Europe …"