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Be the Change: Saving the World with Citizen Science by [Clarke, Chandra]
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Can You Save The World?

It’s so easy to be overwhelmed by everything that is wrong in the world. In 2010, there were 660,000 deaths from malaria. Dire predictions about climate change suggest that sea levels could rise enough to submerge both Los Angeles and London by 2100. Bees are dying, not by the thousands but by the millions.

But what can you do? You’re just one person, right? The good news is that you *can* do something.

It’s called citizen science, and it’s a way for ordinary people like you and me to do real, honest-to-goodness, help-answer-the-big-questions science.

This book introduces you to a world in which it is possible to go on a wildlife survey in a national park, install software on your computer to search for a cure for cancer, have your smartphone log the sound pollution in your city, transcribe ancient Greek scrolls, or sift through the dirt from a site where a mastodon died 11,000 years ago—even if you never finished high school.

Part I of Be the Change: Saving the World with Citizen Science will show you what citizen science is, how important it is, and why we need more of it. You will also find out how it can personally benefit you, how you can get involved, and what it might mean to you if you did.

Part II provides a large list of projects that you can join right now, concisely explained, and organized by the level of involvement required.

Citizen science is fun, it's easy, and you can get started today. Be the Change: Saving the World with Citizen Science will show you how.

About the Author

Chandra Clarke is an award-winning business woman, prolific writer, and a passionate advocate of learning and knowledge. You can see her citizen science blog at and her personal blog at

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Just picked this book up a couple days ago and tore through it. Really thought provoking stuff. Citizen Science is so important - can't wait to get more involved. Definitely recommend this book!
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HASH(0xa04130fc) out of 5 stars Read this and get involved in Global science projects! Nov. 20 2013
By Margo Price - Author - Published on
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This book is absolutely fascinating! I have always had more than a passing interest in science, what goes on in the world and where I fit in to it...This book gives a detailed description of what citizen science actually is and how we can all become involved in ways which suit our everyday lives. You can choose between donating your spare cash, making your spare computer time available for mega-calculation projects, getting involved via websites, downloading apps to help with research or just getting out there and doing your bit. This book, which is engaging and well-written, gives such a wealth of information about getting involved in global science projects that there is really no reason not to! I'm just downloading my first App now...
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa03a66d8) out of 5 stars Save the World in Your Spare Time Dec 7 2013
By Sarah-Hope - Published on
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I’ve just finished reading through a review copy of Chandra Clarke’s Be the Change: Saving the World with Citizen Science and have to say that this little eBook is something everyone should own. It’s electronic format-only book, and not everyone I know has an eReader, but those who do are getting a copy for Christmas (sorry if that’s a spoiler for any of my dearer readers).

Clarke, who also writes the blog Citizen Science Center, has a clear, lively prose voice—and she knows her subject. What she does in this book and on her blog is gather and share information on scientific projects that can genuinely use the help of ordinary non-scientists (of course, scientists can participate too).

The best-known citizen science project is probably SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence), which offers a downloadable program that will enable your computer to spend time analyzing radio astronomy data to try to detect life on other planets. Similar analysis programs do everything from running docking simulations on malaria proteins to help with drug development to searching for neutron stars.

But maybe you want to participate a bit more actively instead of letting your computer do all the work in its down time. Projects at this level often involve analyzing photos, films, or sound: humans, for now at least, are still more discerning viewers/listeners than are computers. You can look for evidence of cancer in tumor samples, try your hand at folding RNA, or listen to a live-feed underwater microphone and note whale songs. I’m planning to help classify sea floor ground cover and species on the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute’s HabCam (or Habitat Camera).

Think you don’t have time to participate in citizen science? Think again! Clarke points out that “Americans (just Americans!) watch more than 200 billion hours of television every year. If that statistic doesn’t boggle your mind, consider the online game World of Warcraft: one source suggests its 11 million players have spend as much as 5.9 million years on it… or as much time as humanity has spent evolving as a species.” Your ten or twenty minutes may not seem like much, but when enough people participate they can accomplish wonderful things.

You can buy this eBook for only $2.99. You can visit Clarke’s web site for free. Find a project that suits your interests and, yes, save the world in your spare time.
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HASH(0xa03a2e7c) out of 5 stars Science For The Average Citizen Nov. 22 2013
By Daryl Jamieson - Published on
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Citizen science is pretty cool. The book talks about how normal people, not just Principal Investigators or formal researchers, can actually contribute to the advancement of science. It’s a great primer of how to get started in making a difference in the scientific world.

I shared some of the contents of the book with my wife who is a teach. She in turn shared it with her science students and they were super intrigued. They tried out some of the websites and applications here and they are seeing how they can conduct science without having a PhD. It’s pretty cool and we didn’t think we could get into it as much as we did.

The book itself is well written and organized. It isn's filled with complicated jargon, and it's great for people with no scientific background. It goes step by step into what can be done and is very helpful. My wife’s students are in the 6th grade and they were able to understand what was going on, and they were intrigued by the content enough to try out the stuff. I recommend this book to people of all ages.
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HASH(0xa0403408) out of 5 stars Join a science research team without leaving home. Nov. 17 2013
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Chandra Clarke tells us that crowds of amateur enthusiasts have been helping science professionals with their work since 1900, when the Audubon Society first invited its members to participate in the annual Christmas bird count. But now that we're all empowered by personal computing and interconnected through the Internet, citizen science has taken off.

The book is an invitation to put on a virtual white coat and invite yourself into any one of hundreds of research programs. "If you're looking for downtime and relaxation but don't want to succumb to Candy Crush Saga again," she says, "citizen science is for you."

Her intriguing catalog of programs seeking help is organized by workload. Do you have more money than time? Then you're invited to help crowdfund research through sites like Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and SciFund. Do you have some computer cycles to spare? Enroll your laptop as a supercomputer node to help crunch data for studies of cancer genes, climate change, aerospace simulation, earthquake prediction, or extraterrestrial intelligence. Want to go hands-on? Here are some assignments you might enjoy—

- Examine microscopic images of cancer tumors and describe what you see.

- Alert scientists to marine animals you spot in their films of the ocean bottom.

- Report cases of flu in your area.

- Monitor whale songs.

- Report on incidents that made a baby laugh.

- Play games to expand a cognitive database.

- Report activity at your bird feeder.

Clarke says the programs are designed to be user-friendly. They're "set up to be easy to do, include training when necessary, and have data checking and redundancies built in so you don't have to worry about doing something wrong."

Clarke is a charmer who talks to you like your best friend—if your best friend were a science nerd who writes like a New York Times columnist. The book is both high-minded and lighthearted. It was a pleasure to read. And I might just sign up to spy on some of those marine mammals.

Mark Myers

(The Kindle Book Review received a free copy of this book for an independent, fair, and honest review. We are not associated with the author or Amazon.)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa03f381c) out of 5 stars Excellent concept Nov. 28 2013
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Well written and informative. Citizen science is important to moving forward in our technological mastery, but often I find people are not aware of many of these opportunities to help.