Part of the Citizen Science Association Conference, March 13-17, 2019. RCC 304 4 pm Uncovering Connections across Citizen Science Projects: A Social Network Analysis » Sara Futch, Lincoln Larson, Caren Cooper
Understanding how thousands of volunteers engage across hundreds of citizen science projects can help establish best practices for project managers. This is essential to maximizing learning outcomes while maintaining the scientific outcomes of projects. We use social network analysis (SNA) to describe the current landscape of citizen science projects on SciStarter.org. Project connections in the network are defined by an overlap of volunteers and features of the website are used to investigate potential influences on individual project position. Findings provide insight to citizen science management across projects and inform next steps in citizen science research.