Why Anyone Can Take Part

You don't have to be a qualified scientist to take part in scientific experiments! You will need to learn how scientists work, think and communicate. Among the skills are:

  • a careful and disciplined approach
  • being prepared to have an open mind
  • learning from others
  • reading the literature
  • communicating your ideas and results in a formal manner
  • being prepared for disappointment; many scientific ideas don't work out
  • hard and often boring work

This experiment is in the emerging tradition of Citizen Science. One of the best examples of this is Galaxy Zoo where hundreds of thousands of people (with no previous experience ) have helped to catalogue galaxies with great scientific success

We prefer to call this Galaxy Zoo citizen science because it’s a better description of what you’re doing; you’re a regular citizen but you’re doing science. Crowd sourcing sounds a bit like, well, you’re just a member of the crowd and you’re not; you’re our collaborator. You’re pro-actively involved in the process of science by participating.”

“Galaxy Zoo volunteers do real work. They’re not just passively running something on their computer and hoping that they’ll be the first person to find aliens. They have a stake in science that comes out of it, which means that they are now interested in what we do with it, and what we find.”

Galaxy Zoo have come up with three "ground rules" for a successful Citizen Science project:

  1. Telling people about the purpose of the research and about its context is a good thing.
  2. Treat participants as collaborators not as subjects
  3. Do not waste people’s time

We hope that this attitude will be part of the Green Chain Reaction

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