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Citizen science is a research method that is growing rapidly. In its report “Collaborative participation as a mode of knowledge production”, the French association Fondation Sciences Citoyennes presented public participation in scientific research as a way to help science face societal challenges.
Our activities on the web, on our own time, can affect the work of epidemiologists—sometimes providing information, but also complicating matters by influencing our behavior. Analysis of search engine queries and communication via social networks could become standard tools of epidemiology.
Grippenet, the French flu surveillance platform, tracks the illness through users’ self-reported symptoms. As epidemiologist Vittoria Colizza explains, involving citizens in this way yields unique and important information to complement data from traditional epidemic tracking systems.