Epistemology & Philosophy of Science

Volume 56, Issue 3, 2019

Evgeny V. Maslanov, Anton V. Dolmatov
Pages 40-44

Citizen Science – Science as a Vocation

The author analyzes contemporary technoscience. He claims that for the functioning of technoscience it is necessary to train a large number of specialists with higher education. Not all of them are employed in scientific and research organizations. Some of the people who have a higher education but are not professionally engaged in science, participate in the implementation of various citizen science projects. As a result, two groups of scientists can be distinguished: professional scientists and amateur scientists. For the former, scientific activity is a profession, whereas for the citizen scientists it can rather be described in terms of satisfying their curiosity.