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Making citizen science newsworthy in the era of big data

Allan, Stuart and Redden, Joanna 2017. Making citizen science newsworthy in the era of big data. Journal of Science Communication 16 (2) , pp. 1-12.

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Abstract

This article examines certain guiding tenets of science journalism in the era of big data by focusing on its engagement with citizen science. Having placed citizen science in historical context, it highlights early interventions intended to help establish the basis for an alternative epistemological ethos recognising the scientist as citizen and the citizen as scientist. Next, the article assesses further implications for science journalism by examining the challenges posed by big data in the realm of citizen science. Pertinent issues include potential risks associated with data quality, access dynamics, the difficulty investigating algorithms, and concerns about certain constraints impacting on transparency and accountability.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Citizen science; History of public communication of science; Science and media
Publisher: SISSA Medialab
ISSN: 1824-2049
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 3 July 2017
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2019 23:11
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/101702

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