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Citizen science programs at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, TERC, and others have very successfully engaged both children and adults in the process of real data collection and other scientific processes. For the first time since the 19th century "age of the amateur, -  ordinary Americans are making contributions to real scientific research in droves.Citizen science programs at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, TERC, and others have very successfully engaged both children and adults in the process of real data collection and other scientific processes. For the first time since the 19th century "age of the amateur," ordinary Americans are making contributions to real scientific research in droves. But to date, citizen science programs tend to share a common limitation on citizen participation: the research is all centrally designed and executed by subject experts. Citizens are invited to fill out expert-created forms in order to submit data, but they have little or no input into what the research is about, what data is collected or how it is interpreted.

Of course, there's nothing wrong with this; indeed it is a highly meaningful way for individuals to participate in real science even if their time and/or inclination is limited, and may well be the ideal model for a substantial proportion of potential contributors. But the creators of Our-Playground.org, a new online service in development, think there are many who want and can take on greater roles in scientific inquiry and, at the other end of the

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