HARNESSING DATA WITH THE CITIZEN SCIENTIST
There are numerous extant projects available to the volunteer, which require varying levels of expertise and commitment. Some are straightforward enough for school-age participants; others are more suited to adults. In-depth training and specialized equipment are necessary for some projects, while others can be started following a brief on-line tutorial. Most projects require access to the Internet via computer or smartphone in order to expedite research. Not only does the potential magnitude of data collection help scientist, it also increases the investment of citizen scientists in the outcomes of research, and promotes understanding of the scientific process and the variety of uses for the procured data.