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Citizen History

Citizen History will be based on the technology and principles already well known through Citizen Science.

See below for a description of Citizen Science and some examples.

The Stroudwater History website will provide resources for individuals to get involved with building a history of the Stroudwater Navigation. Portions of the archive will be available for research and general interest as scanned images of the largely hand-written documents. In some cases summaries are already available.

Users will be encouraged to transcribe documents or to create summaries or even to create narratives based upon the contents of the archive. Information produced in this way will become available on the website, thereby enhancing the information already available.

In our efforts to 'unlock the Stroudwater Navigation Archive' for the Community we will be building into the website the means by which website users will be able to not only look at images of documents but actually to transcribe the handwritten documents to add to the collective knowledge of the archive. Effectively that means that interested users can, by transcribing, add to their own knowledge of the effect of the building of the Stroudwater canal on places, trade, families and employment not only in the local area but also nationally and internationally. For instance understanding the effect of the Napoleonic wars on trade and the locality and also the effort put in by one clerk to the Company of Proprietors in helping other canal companies nationally to oppose the building of large railway bridges across estuaries.

Citizen Science

The principal behind citizen science is to use the power of collaborative volunteer research to explore or collect huge data sets. These are ones that researchers simply couldn’t manage by themselves, and that computers aren’t up to the task of analysing.[BBC] For more information see the BBC website.

If you want to volunteer then there’s a huge range of projects you can dip into online as and when you want, for as little or as long as you fancy. So it’s great if you are looking for something low-commitment, or maybe you have mobility issues. For housebound parents it’s a quick something to try once the kids are in bed.

Many projects require no specialist knowledge or skills – anything you need to know is explained when you take part.

Zooniverse has a wide range of online citizen science projects – from hunting for comets, to tagging penguins, to exploring the secret lives of artists through their notebooks.

Citizen science (CS; also known as community science, crowd science, crowd-sourced science, civic science, volunteer monitoring, or online citizen science) is scientific research conducted, in whole or in part, by amateur (or nonprofessional) scientists. Citizen science is sometimes described as "public participation in scientific research," participatory monitoring, and participatory action research whose outcomes are often advancements in scientific research, as well as an increase in the public's understanding of science. iNaturalist is currently the most popular citizen science website followed by eBird and then Zooniverse in second and third place respectively. [From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia]

The terms citizen science and citizen scientists entered the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) in June 2014. "Citizen science" is defined as "scientific work undertaken by members of the general public, often in collaboration with or under the direction of professional scientists and scientific institutions".