Rediscovery of Citizen Science Culture in the Regions and Today

Project Leader
ONISHI Takuichiro (Professor, NINJAL)
Project Period
April 2022 -


This program sheds light on citizen research activities (citizen science culture), including dialect studies such as language mapping, centered on the development of interdisciplinary research on regional culture. In recent years, research practices by researchers in the field have been attracting attention as “citizen science.” The concept of citizen science bridges the gap between the academic community and the general public, and its activities and achievements often attract attention from the academic world due to its continuous and long-term observations, including those that cannot be realized in academia, as well as its wide range of subjects that are not focused on specific objectives and goals. Citizen science is not a new idea; some regions have been doing it for more than 100 years and continue to do so, including the training of citizen scientists. We will examine the history and present state of citizen science, which is often overlooked despite its contribution to academia and long-term continuity and practice, and realize the inheritance and emergence of local culture based on it.

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