Supporting citizen scientists

Whether recording fauna observations, timing the frequency of frog calls or photographing a rare bird, Australian citizen scientists will find has a range of relevant courses.

Citizen scientists are involved in a range of community projects across a range of topics including astronomy, wildlife and birdwatching, air quality, climatology, community mapping. Their contributions make significant contributions to mainstream scientific investigations.

Technology helps make projects more accessible to the public, provides more effective communication between science practitioners and citizen scientists, and provides more accessible data collection and management tools which improve the quality and sharing of data.

Amateur scientists who want to learn more about specialized photography, drone operation, data collection and other skills can visit to find suitable courses. is free and can be accessed at home or via the app. adds new courses regularly. Check out these recently added courses for some great new tools or visit the website and search more than 5,000 online courses including business, technology and creative skills.

Photography and editing

  • Learning Aerial Photography with Drones (4 hrs)
  • Enhancing Underwater photos with Photoshop (5 hrs)
  • Preparing goPro Footage for editing (2 hrs)
  • Apple Watch02 2 New Features (45 min)
  • The history of film and video editing (2 hr )

Data collection

  • Python Data Analysis (2 hrs)
  • Google Analytics Spam Proofing (29 min)
  • Google Cloud Storage and Data Essential Training (2 hrs 54 min)
  • Learning Data Visualization ( 2 hrs)
  • Excel 2013 Essential Training (6hrs 32 min )
  • Project Management Foundations (3 Hrs 20 min )

Learn more about amateur science from the following websites:

Australian Citizen Science Association: find a list of current Australian and international projects that need scientists. Some current projects include:

  • Birds in Backyards
  • ClimateWatch
  • Fungimap
  • Goanna Watch
  • KoalaMap

The Atlas of Living Australia is Australia’s national biodiversity database. Founded on the principle of data sharing – collect it once, share it, use it many times.  See the list of projects.

Use the data collection tools on the websites or start your own science and other projects with the many tools and resources available from

This post was contributed by Karen Hind, Librarian, State Library of Queensland