From Online Papers to Tags to Word Clouds!

How does the Citizen Cyberlab annotated bibliography work? Post by Cindy Regalado and Diana Mastracci

CyberlabOur team at Extreme Citizen Science (ExCiteS), as well as UCL Interaction Center (UCLIC) and University of Geneva put together the scholarly resources (journals articles, books, web pages, magazine articles, etc.) of greatest importance for our study of citizen science, creativity, learning and education in citizen science, and the evaluation of citizen science projects. We then brainstormed the most important topics and themes that categorised our resources to finally create a series of tag categories that reflected our work as well as our understanding and development of Citizen Cyberlab.

The main tag categories include: disciplinary domain (within e.g. science, humanities, etc.), methods (the procedures, approach, techniques, plan or arrangements used in the article/book), and purpose (review, critique, reflection, ethical considerations, evaluation, etc.). The main theme categories are: citizen science, education, and creativity. The subthemes in citizen science included typology, design, and evaluation of citizen science projects. The subthemes in education and creativity included learning (informal, accidental, aided by ICTs, online, etc.), games (serious games, leisure, gamification, etc.), definitions, and design (in, of and for citizen science). cloud The word cloud above represents these tags visually: the larger the word, the more dominant it is in the actual bibliographical collection. But we are also interested to know what the most important topics and themes are for you as a citizen scientist! So please, join in!  Add your papers of interest as well as tags. And lets see how the cloud changes in a month time! Sounds like a challenge? To access the Citizen Cyberlab bibliography you can visit And to learn how you can join and how you can start adding your papers and tags please visit our instructions blog post.


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