Collecting data and recruiting users is hard and expensive for research projects, and some data would be impossible to collect without the help of volunteers.
Citizen science, or crowd science, is scientific work undertaken by members of the general public. This can be done through collecting data, e.g. bird watching, performing labor, e.g. analyzing images, or sharing data about themselves, e.g. answering surveys.
Citizen Science is an application from Sony Mobile that allows user to discover and find research projects they would like to contribute to. When you join a project you become a citizen scientist. For institutional researchers, the Citizen Science app is a way to recruit user to participate in their projects, by publishing projects in the app.
Sony has always had an interest in contributing to the development of society as well as the frontiers of science, through our product development, but also efforts targeted at research specifically. See for example Sony Computer Science Lab projects: https://www.csl.sony.fr/, https://www.sonycsl.co.jp/, and Folding@Home, a collaborative effort with Stanford: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sonymobile.androidapp.gridcomputing
You need to install the Citizen Science app from here. Many projects will also require you to be a user of the Lifelog app, since it allows you to donate the data collected through Lifelog, which is relevant to many projects. Then you can browse the available projects. Some project may have specific requirements on age, country of residence etc. If you find one that you want to contribute to, and that you fulfill the project requirements for, you can join it. The project may require you to share your Lifelog data, or install additional apps. To keep track of which projects you have joined, you will also need to create a Citizen Science account the first time you join a project, using your Google account. Once you have installed the Citizen Science app, you can browse projects and join them. Make sure you fulfill any specific criteria the project asks for, for example minimum age.
Many research projects that need to collect data from many users, usually have to invest both time, resources and money in developing and maintaining a data collection infrastructure, publishing, and recruiting subjects. Often the investment has to be done even before it is known whether the data collection will be worthwhile or not, and the time between project start and results is long. Citizen Science offers solution to at least three problems for researchers:
Recruit contributors / subjects at large scale and low cost
Reduce development cost & time for data collection
Provide historic user data (before start of research)
Through Lifelog data Specifically we offer the following features:
Publishing of project in Citizen Science app to recruit users
Criteria for participation
Collection of data through Lifelog API and provisioning of project specific app
Sending surveys to users
Publishing of project news (RSS) in Citizen Science app Citizen Science currently does not provide data storage or processing capabilities after you have retrieved the data from a user.
To register a project for review and publishing we need the following:
Project name (mandatory)
Project owner (mandatory)
Short & long project descriptions (mandatory)
Terms of Service (mandatory)
Contact person (email) (mandatory)
Signing of electronic contract (mandatory)
Project app (optional)
RSS project news feed (optional)
User participation criteria (optional)
Contributors can access the Google Play Beta channel to subscribe to Citizen Science.