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Citizen science: Community monitoring of Marri canker disease

Chapman, A., Marbus, C., Paap, T., Burgess, T.ORCID: 0000-0002-7962-219X and Hardy, G. (2015) Citizen science: Community monitoring of Marri canker disease. Australasian Plant Conservation, 24 (1). pp. 2-4.

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A successful citizen science project requires three primary components. First, a compelling research topic focused on an issue comprehensible by the broader community; second, an engagement strategy that communicates the issues and creates partnerships with scientists and the community; and third, efficient, flexible technology to implement the program.

Information is a key output of a successful citizen science project. Not only must the data be of high quality when captured but they must be easily accessible subsequently to both contributors and scientists. For community members this completes a feedback loop, allowing them to see the results of their efforts in a broader context. For scientists, the data must be available in a form fit for further analysis.

In this article we present the Marri Canker Project as a case study that:
• Addresses a specific environmental issue of interest to both researchers and the broader community.
• Engages with passionate community members who advise, learn and contribute data from the field.
• Utilises a smartphone app to aid identification and facilitate data capture in the field, improving both the quantity and quality of data being contributed to the project.

Item Type: Non-refereed Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Centre of Excellence for Climate Change and Forest and Woodland Health
School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Publisher: Australian Network for Plant Conservation Inc.
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