Smart phones offer ‘ordinary’ citizens without a particular professional training or occupation great opportunities to become and enjoy being citizen scientists. It enables them to engage in the sensing and measuring of various environmental data, their dissemination to a broader audience of either fellow citizens or professionals, and in some instances to even act as ‘professional amateur’ interpreters of these data. Through the use of mobile technologies people can playfully move through their environment to acquire and distribute scientific knowledge.
So what’s the current state of mobile citizen science today and what are the critical factors to create and sustain a large-scale citizen science movement?
Ronald Lenz (1974) is is founder and CEO of 7scenes, a mobile storytelling platform, based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Recently he launched the MuseumApp, a Dutch platform on which museums and archives publish mobile cultural tours together.
Previously Ronald founded the Urban Reality Lab, a research department on locative media, at Waag Society, institute for art, science and technology.
Ronald’s interests lie in how emerging technologies shape the way we design and experience cities. He develops mobile products, strategies, research programs and technology platforms that focus on urban and social innovation.