Citizen Irony

I’m working on a manuscript describing the different and particular challenges scientists in various disciplines face when incorporating citizen science into their research. So, I thought I would go looking for other articles about it, and found one with the promising title A new dawn for citizen science by Jonathan Silvertown.

I’m holed up in a hotel in Florida waiting for SpaceX to launch our experiment to the ISS (I just can’t resist dropping that into conversation). When I try to read the Silvertown’s article, I see this :


Huh. $37.95. Let it not escape your notice that Dr. Silvertown, who I don’t know and is probably a nice fellow, teaches at the Open University.

The. Open. University.

tl;dr : Let’s not involve the public in our discussions about their utility in our research.

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