Law and Policy Working Group: Resources

Whether you’re a researcher, community member, lawyer, student or business owner, the resources provided here are foreveryone involved in and/or interested in citizen science and policy. Through these resources, we hope to broaden your understanding of how citizen science can influence law and policy and vice versa. Listed below are key resources of broad relevance and applicability.  We plan to provide more resources on specific topics on this page as the working group’s agenda emerges.  If you know of additional resources that may be of value to this community, please let us know here:

Citizen Science Legal Framework

John Holdren, Addressing Societal and Scientific Challenges through Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing

Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science Act (Public Law 114-329)

Understanding Citizen Science & Policy

Eleta, I., Galdon Clavell, G., Righi, V. and Balestrini, M., 2019. The Promise of Participation and Decision-Making Power in Citizen Science. Citizen Science: Theory and Practice, 4(1), p.8.

National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy. Information to Action: Strengthening EPA Citizen Science Partnerships for Environmental Protection. (2018).

Hecker, S., Haklay, M., Bowser, A., Makuch, Z., Vogel, J. & Bonn, A. CitizenScience: Innovation in Open Science, Society and Policy. London. (2018).

National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT). Environmental Protection Belongs to the Public: A Vision for Citizen Science at EPA. (2016).

McElfish J & Pendergrass J. Clearing the Path: Citizen Science & Public Decision Making (2016).

Smith, B. Agency Liability Stemming from Citizen-Generated Data. Woodrow Wilson Center Policy Memo Series vol. 3. (2014)

Schade, S., Manzoni-Brusati, M., Tsinaraki, C., Kotsev, A., Fullerton, K., Sgnaolin, R., Spinelli, F. and Mitton, I., Using new data sources for policymaking, EUR 28940 EN, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, 2017.

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Right to Science in Practice: Exemplars of Government Action.

Tools for the Citizen Science Community

Harvard Law School Citizen Science Manual.

EPA Data Quality Assurance Handbook.

Federal Crowdsourcing & Citizen Science Toolkit.”

Federal Crowdsourcing & Citizen Science Catalog.”

Data Policies for Public Participation in Scientific Research: A Primer. DataONE. (2014)

Environmental Law Institute. A Citizen’s Guide to Using Federal Environmental Laws to Secure Environmental Justice.(2002).

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Academic Research & Case Studies

If you’d like to take a deeper dive into how citizen science can influence policy or how policy shapes citizen science efforts, please use the link below to access our library of research articles and case studies.