From binoculars to big data: Citizen scientists use emerging technology in the wild (O’Reilly Radar)

O’Reilly Radar: From binoculars to big data: Citizen scientists use emerging technology in the wild. “For years, citizen scientists have trekked through local fields, rivers, and forests to observe, measure, and report on species and habitats with notebooks, binoculars, butterfly nets, and cameras in hand. It’s a slow process, and the gathered data isn’t easily shared. It’s a system that has worked to some degree, but one that’s in need of a technology and methodology overhaul.”