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Title: Ethical Concerns in Citizen Science Projects and Public Engagement Related Research Projects
Author(s): TAUGINIENÄ–, Loreta
Journal: Ethical Perspectives
Volume: 26    Issue: 1   Date: 2019   
Pages: 119-134
DOI: 10.2143/EP.26.1.3286291

Abstract :
The development of Citizen Science has accelerated recently. Alongside its advantages, the involvement of lay people (volunteers, citizens) implies ethical concerns for scientists. Hence, this contribution aims to describe ethical concerns drawing on empirical cases found in the scientific literature on Citizen Science projects and public engagement related research projects where Citizen Science and public engagement are seen as complementary to science and technology. This review testifies that from an ethical perspective scientists encounter several multi-faceted occasions in both Citizen Science projects and public engagement related research projects, such as how to engage the public, to represent it, to accept public-provided data, to attribute authorship for public-sourced data and so on. In line with this, scientists ought to be socially responsible, and thus ethical. To make this possible, appropriate institutional policy should be developed or improved.

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