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Data Analysis and Knowledge Discovery  2017, Vol. 1 Issue (7): 22-34    DOI: 10.11925/infotech.2096-3467.2017.07.04
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Evolution Path and Hot Topics of Citizen Science Studies
Xuanhui Zhang,Yuxiang Zhao()
School of Economics and Management, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing 210094, China
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[Objective] This paper investigates the origin and status quo of citizen science related studies abroad, aiming to promote the development of similar research in China. [Coverage] We retrieved 1 796 papers from the Web of Science (WOS) core collection, using the keywords “citizen science” or “crowd science”. [Methods] We employed the methods of bibliometrics, social network and content analysis, as well as visualization tools, to illustrate the evolution path of citizen science and the popular research topics. This paper also analyzed the citizen science research in Library and Information Science. [Results] We found that the crowd wisdom and open science paradigm were highly emphasized thanks to the development of the Internet and mobile technologies. Citizen science had been growing rapidly and included the following perspectives, project, theoretical and participant studies. Although the main focus of citizen science research was on natural science, the Library and Information Science had promising outcomes. [Limitations] We did not include conference papers and full text analysis in this study. [Conclusions] Library and Information Science could play an important role in the future study of citizen science.

Key wordsCitizen Science      Bibliometrics      Evolution Path      Hot Topics      Library and Information Science     
Received: 01 June 2017      Published: 13 September 2017

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Xuanhui Zhang,Yuxiang Zhao. Evolution Path and Hot Topics of Citizen Science Studies. Data Analysis and Knowledge Discovery, 2017, 1(7): 22-34.

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