About CS Track project

The aim of CS Track is to broaden our knowledge about Citizen Science and the impact Citizen Science activities can have. CS Track will do this by investigating a large and diverse set of Citizen Science activities, disseminating good practices and formulating knowledge-based policy recommendations in order to maximise the potential benefit of Citizen Science activities on individual citizens, organisations, and society at large.

Main Outputs

Available now

First Version of Citizen Science Community Platform

This site now hosts the Citizen Science Community Platform in the form of the eMagazine where reports and graphical articles showcase the results of the work being carried out in CS Track as well as other relevant inputs and where visitors are welcome to comment and share their ideas and thoughts on the contents. Usage analysis is currently underway in this platform in order to improve its performance and usefulness to target users.

Available mid 2021

First Version of Citizen Science State of the art report 

This is very much a descriptive output of the conceptual approach, and the work being done. It includes a first version of the database of European CS projects which can be linked to the community platform. It also includes the conceptual model for the web-based analytics tools to be used along with the specification of the web-based tools and methods.

Available now

Citizen Science Themes, Objectives and Participants – White Paper

This report provides an important oversight into who participates in Citizen Science projects and what motivates them.

Available end 2021

Set of analytic tools 

An open source archive containing analytics software (in languages such as R and Python) and visualization tools for extracting information from Citizen Science related documents on websites and in social media together with documentation (installation, APIs). Applications of the analytics tools will be made available to non-programmers on the multi-lingual community platform.

Available early 2022

Analysis of Citizen Science practice

This output develops the analysis further of what constitutes success in citizen science projects and will include a model to identify background factors associated with the CS activity. It will elaborate on the research questions that are being asked and the recommendations available.

Available end 2022

Second Version of Citizen Science Community Platform

This final version of the platform will provide the complete data analysis. It will also include training resources to read our data that can be used by the CS community to enhance their skills and competences in the interpretation of data emerging from CS activities.

Available end 2022

Analysis of Citizen Science practice & recommendations

This output concludes the analysis of what constitutes success in citizen science projects. It includes the policy recommendations for using CS Track Results as well as an elaboration of issues to do with accreditation.

Available end 2022

Second version of Citizen Science State of the art report

This final version of the report describes the knowledge gained through the project about the nature and potential of CS activities and their impact. It includes the final versions of the data sets produced from the selected CS activities which will be connected with the online community as well as the final results of the web analysis.

Partners Info & Location

MOFET Institute

The Mofet institute, The international Channel

MOFET is responsible for project management and coordination, and chairing the Project’s Management Board. They also lead all tasks located in Israel and support exploitation planning and activation of the CS Track community. 
More info.

Rhine-Ruhr Institute for Applied Systeminnovation

Rhine-Ruhr Institute for Applied Systeminnovation

RIAS is responsible for the integration of web-based analytics (conceptually and technically), the selection and inclusion of German Activities / Initiatives as well as being responsible for the definition of interfaces for the platform. They are also responsible for data analytics on web-based activity data of the selected activities.
More info.

Universidad Rey Juan Carlos

Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Ciberimaginario and Lite lab

URJC is responsible for defining and creating the CS Track eMagazine. They will also distribute the Analysis of Citizen Science practice and other outputs as well as policy recommendations and other results through the community platform. Furthermore, they will contribute to dissemination and exploitation planning and activation of the project community.
More info.

Wissenschaftsladen Wien

WID logo

WLW lead the work on creating a conceptual and theoretical framework for CS Track as well as heading the Citizen Science Committee (CSC) and being responsible for the coordination of all aspects of citizen science in the project. They will contribute to the collection, selection and surveying of citizen science activities generally as well as specifically in the case of Austria.
More info.

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Universitàt Pompeu Fabra TIDE Research Group on Interactive and Distributed Technologies for Education

UPF lead on the work to explore citizen science activities ensuring that the selection is done according to the criteria established through the work led by WLW. They will also contribute to all tasks where data collection and qualitative analysis is done. They will also support the selection and analysis of Citizen Science activities in Spain and contribute to the web-based analytics requirement analysis.
More info.

University of Jyväskylä

University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylän yliopisto

JYU will lead on the quantitative data collection & analysis, accreditation discussion paper and policy recommendations. They are also responsible for implementing a new set of measures and data collection tools as well as providing insight into citizen science activities in Finland.
More info.

ATiT

ATiT

ATiT are responsible for ensuring project impact as well as working closely with URJC on the support to the citizen science community. They are responsible for ensuring effective communication channels for the project team from the outset and for making sure the outcomes are effectively disseminated to the wider citizen science community.
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Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas

FORTH, Institute of Applied & Computational Mathematics

FORTH will contribute to the identification of individual and social indicators and criteria on which to base analytics as well as monitoring and studying citizen science activities in Greece. They are also the Ethics & Gender Coordinator, assisting the Project Management Board in these areas.
More info.

Wissenschaft im Dialog

Wissenschaft : im dialog

WiD will be most deeply involved in the exploration and information gathering on citizen science activities and in supporting the community web platform. WiD will contribute to the communication activities of the project and create content for the eMagazine. WiD will also contribute to researching citizen science activities, particularly in Germany.
More info.

MOFET Institute

The Mofet institute, The international Channel

MOFET is responsible for project management and coordination, and chairing the Project’s Management Board. They also lead all tasks located in Israel and support exploitation planning and activation of the CS Track community. 
More info.

Rhine-Ruhr Institute for Applied Systeminnovation

Rhine-Ruhr Institute for Applied Systeminnovation

RIAS is responsible for the integration of web-based analytics (conceptually and technically), the selection and inclusion of German Activities / Initiatives as well as being responsible for the definition of interfaces for the platform. They are also responsible for data analytics on web-based activity data of the selected activities.
More info.

Universidad Rey Juan Carlos

Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Ciberimaginario and Lite lab

URJC is responsible for defining and creating the CS Track eMagazine. They will also distribute the Analysis of Citizen Science practice and other outputs as well as policy recommendations and other results through the community platform. Furthermore, they will contribute to dissemination and exploitation planning and activation of the project community.
More info.

Wissenschaftsladen Wien

WID logo

WLW lead the work on creating a conceptual and theoretical framework for CS Track as well as heading the Citizen Science Committee (CSC) and being responsible for the coordination of all aspects of citizen science in the project. They will contribute to the collection, selection and surveying of citizen science activities generally as well as specifically in the case of Austria.
More info.

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Universitàt Pompeu Fabra TIDE Research Group on Interactive and Distributed Technologies for Education

UPF lead on the work to explore citizen science activities ensuring that the selection is done according to the criteria established through the work led by WLW. They will also contribute to all tasks where data collection and qualitative analysis is done. They will also support the selection and analysis of Citizen Science activities in Spain and contribute to the web-based analytics requirement analysis.
More info.

University of Jyväskylä

University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylän yliopisto

JYU will lead on the quantitative data collection & analysis, accreditation discussion paper and policy recommendations. They are also responsible for implementing a new set of measures and data collection tools as well as providing insight into citizen science activities in Finland.
More info.

ATiT

ATiT

ATiT are responsible for ensuring project impact as well as working closely with URJC on the support to the citizen science community. They are responsible for ensuring effective communication channels for the project team from the outset and for making sure the outcomes are effectively disseminated to the wider citizen science community.
More info.

Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas

FORTH, Institute of Applied & Computational Mathematics

FORTH will contribute to the identification of individual and social indicators and criteria on which to base analytics as well as monitoring and studying citizen science activities in Greece. They are also the Ethics & Gender Coordinator, assisting the Project Management Board in these areas.
More info.

Wissenschaft im Dialog

Wissenschaft : im dialog

WiD will be most deeply involved in the exploration and information gathering on citizen science activities and in supporting the community web platform. WiD will contribute to the communication activities of the project and create content for the eMagazine. WiD will also contribute to researching citizen science activities, particularly in Germany.
More info.

Progress

March 2021 to May 2021

As we prepared for our first progress review, the whole consortium has been working hard to carry out the various tasks planned in each work package. Many of these called for close collaboration amongst the different teams involved which we managed to achieve thanks to a significant number of zoom calls  – roll on the opportunity to meet face-to-face!

In April the WP1 team, coordinated by WLW, submitted the Framework Conceptual Model report to the European Commission. This report contains a literature review of citizen science-related topics, situates citizen science in a historical context, discusses various conceptualisations of citizen science, and analyses existing categorisations and typologies of citizen science activities. It then presents a scheme of how citizen science can be categorised and characterised according to a broad range of relevant dimensions which can be used in WP2, WP3, WP4 but also in future research, as no single endeavour may be able to take them all into account. Furthermore, it includes a short overview of the conceptual models for computer analytics that will be presented with all required detail in the Conceptual Framework for Analytics Tools report. Some results were presented at the Citizen Science Association’s CitSciVirtual conference (a poster on definitions, categorisations and characterisations of CS) and at Forum Citizen Science 2021 of Bürger schaffen Wissen (a presentation of debates on ethics and research integrity in citizen science from a metaethical perspective).

The WP2 team, led by UPF, has progressed with the analysis of data from the database (DB). Our tasks are mainly focused on understanding how human and computation analytical methods can be combined to analyse in depth the data collected in the DB. In particular, we have made progress regarding how to connect the context of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with CS projects. As presented during the first progress review, we joined efforts with WP3 and WP4 to show how to assign research areas by using Explicit Semantic Analysis (ESA) to the description descriptor of projects in the DB. A preliminary report studying how COVID-19 is investigated in CS has been developed and a more detailed report is in progress. In parallel, another line of work is focused on providing an analysis of participation patterns and crisis management in CS. During this period, WP2 organised a workshop and poster presentation in CitSciVirtual, and we gave an invited talk in the STEM Higher Level event organised by BRITEC. The responses to a survey on who actually participates in citizen science activities (T2.2) were analyzed and the results are compiled into a report. 

During the last period, WP3 completed the first operational version of the analytics workbench. This prototype facilitates methods of text analytics (ESA, NER) and visualisations of network structures of projects that are connected through organisations and research areas, among other entities. In addition, URJC continued the analysis of Twitter data with a focus on citizen science in education. A first dashboard visualising the collected and analysed Twitter data (based on Lynguo) has been created. Both prototypes have been demonstrated publicly at the CitSciVirtual conference. 

The JYU team leading WP4 has been working with the initial results of the survey throughout spring 2021. After a huge effort with dissemination, over 1000 people responded from nearly 40 countries. The initial results have been presented in different forums. Currently the JYU team is  working on three major tasks: (1) triangulation with WP2 and WP3, (2) the upcoming promotional campaign for our White Paper on the Themes, Objectives and Participants in CS Activities’ and (3) creating eMagazine articles to disseminate the preliminary results of the survey.

The URJC team leading WP5 has been working on publication of six eMagazine articles together with the CS Track Editorial Committee. In addition, WP5 participated with our partners from WP2 and WP3 in the CitSciVirtual conference focusing on the communication channels for the project where we also presented a poster. We also worked with the ATiT team in WP6 on 1) the intermediate report for our review; 2) the campaign to disseminate the project’s results, and 3) the CS Track Newsletter release. Finally, in order to better understand the impact of our website, the newsletter and the eMagazine, the URJC team have also set up a dedicated dashboard to analyse the reach and take-up of our channels.

Work on assuring the impact of the project continues under the leadership of ATiT in WP6. The last three months we have spent a lot of time supporting partners in their inputs to various events including the three CS Track webinars in the CitSciVirtual conference as well as the general contribution about CS Track that was given by WiD & RIAS at Forum Citizen Science 2021. We also started work on the next set of campaigns to share project outputs contained in the next three public deliverables which are almost ready for distribution. In addition, we have been exploring several avenues to elicit relevant external input to the eMagazine and helping to increase sign-ups for the newsletter. 

Following the conclusion of CS Track’s first reporting period (first 15 months of the project), this trimester has been marked in WP7 by 4 major tasks in the managerial-coordination area: (1) the preparation and submission of the project’s first Policy Brief (a contractual deliverable); (2) the organisation of the first (e-)meeting of our External Advisory Board  which took place on 24.3.21 and involved 5 international experts; (3) the preparation and submission of our first Periodic Report (and of April); and (4) carrying out the project’s first review meeting (25.5.21).

December 2020 to February 2021

The first 3 months of our second year of work have been really busy, with many of the different teams working hard on significant project outputs. Like everyone else, we continue to collaborate remotely which, although far from ideal, has meant that we have reached our goals in most aspects of our work for this period.

WP1 has been finalising the first major deliverable (D1.1). This report analyses different conceptualisations of citizen science and categorisations of citizen science activities. Reviews present what scientific literature says about the benefits citizen science can bring for scientific research, about caveats, risks, pitfalls and limitations, enablers, barriers and (dis)incentives. Policy makers have high expectations that citizen science contributes to a better embedding of research and innovation into society, hence the discussion presented in the report on the promise of CS to promote inclusive science education and public participation in science. Finally, D1.1 presents a categorisation of CS activities that is drafted under the perspective of providing a basis for research in WP2 and WP3.

For WP2, one of the main outcomes from the last three months has been the submission of the deliverable D2.1 ‘Explorative study of CS projects in Europe, categorisation and clustering to build a database of CS projects for analysis.’ In parallel, WP2 has been advancing research regarding our main goal which is to Explore and document parameters of CS activities in Europe and associated countries. It has been decided to approach this research goal from three different perspectives: A. ‘Broad exploration using content analysis’; B. ‘Understanding citizen science projects adapted to conduct Covid-19 related research’; and C. ‘How crisis management in the case of Covid-19 relates to CS participation’. The database is continuously updated, at the moment it contains data from 52 CS platforms and a total of 4469 projects categorised as CS from European or associated countries. In addition to this, two submissions led by UPF (a poster and a workshop) have been accepted for publication in CitSciVirtual 2021.

During the last period, text analytics have been applied to assign research areas to projects based on their (textual) description on their websites. This was intended to investigate the multidisciplinary nature of citizen science activities, which has been described and published in two eMagazine issues. During the next period, the analysis will be extended to a larger set of projects. In addition to computational content analysis, WP3 characterised citizen science networks through Twitter analysis based on the Lynguo tools regarding person-to-person communication, the detection of subcommunities and information diffusion in social networks. To complement the analysis of social interaction, we are excited to explore knowledge-building discourse further using epistemic network analysis during the upcoming period. 

For the last three months the JYU team in WP4 has worked and succeeded in preparing and disseminating the citizen science survey. This survey which is still ongoing has been work intensive in its coordination and dissemination. Preliminary results indicate that the work done by JYU and our partners has paid off. At this point of the survey it is difficult to provide exact results, but the data seems to indicate that we have managed to reach a multitude of different citizen science organisations and participants across Europe and beyond. Additionally we have reviewed a partially completed deliverable (D.1.1) and are currently working on D4.2, which will shine a light on our work and findings thus far.

The URJC team, who lead WP5, has been working on the publication of eMagazine articles together with the CS Track Editorial Committee. To encourage the participation of the citizen science community in the Community Platform, a comment system was installed in the eMagazine. In the same way, the URJC team has been organising meetings with other partners in order to establish the periodicity of the eMagazine. As a result, there will be two graphical articles and two reports published in March and others are under development. The URJC team has also submitted a poster in the International Conference “New Perspective in Science Education” relating to the Community Platform of the eMagazine and have been working on the dissemination of the CS Track survey.

Over the past 3 months the WP6 tead has successfully launched CS Track’s first major promotional campaign to support the large-scale survey led by JYU in WP4. For the WP6 team, this involved a significant dissemination action which saw our twitter channel pass its first important milestone when we attracted our 500th follower. We also submitted two deliverables, the first reporting on impact assurance in the first year and the second on the development and support of a CS Track Community of Interest which we are working on with URJC in WP5. We are making considerable inroads in terms of collaboration with the wider CS community and the number of visitors to our website is increasing. We have also developed several plans for event participation and are busy with planning our next significant campaign linked to the publication of the first real outputs of the project. 

This trimester demanded quite intensive work from the management and coordination (WP7) team, as it featured many, standard and less standard tasks in this area. Among the latter we may highlight the following: External Advisory Board planning (finalising the list of international experts to attend the first meeting, and fixing the date for March 24); launching the preparation of our periodic report (due on April), on both financial and content aspects; starting the preparation of the project’s first, mid-term review (preliminarily planned for May); addressing specific issues encountered in work planning, dealing with revisions in the internal allocation of some partners’ person-months among different work packages; etc. Project management was represented in a webinar on financial matters organised by the EC. The usual monitoring of pending deliverables and the submission of some of them, as well as following up the achievement of projected milestones was relatively more active in these months. WP7 coordinated the preparation of and submitted a contractual deliverable (the first edition of CS Track’s “Policy Brief”) and coordinated the provision of information requested by the EC on “institutional changes” by relevant partners.

Finally in relation to WP8 over the past 3 months, the partnership has closely examined issues related to gender and to ethical considerations as well as those which are embedded in the activity(ies) performed in the project. Partner responses on these parameters are documented in the project’s tailor-made template designed in the previous trimester. In all WPs the work addressed is in full compliance with data security and ethical aspects and GDPR as described  in D7.1 and gender constitutes a key factor in the project’s analytical perspective. Specific actions included addressing gender engagement in WP1 for example where the percentage of experts engaged in the geographical interview process was clearly skewed towards female participation and overall the WP8 team noted that the dimensions of gender and participation patterns in CS projects is in need of further exploration.

 

September 2020 to November 2020

Life for the CS Track team continues to be busy, despite the pandemic and quite a lot of progress has been made as we reach the end of our first year.

More often than not, Citizen Science is discussed from a Western, especially Anglo-American and British, perspective. In WP1, we have taken a broader perspective. Did you know that the term “Citizen Science“ was coined in Japan (in Japanese, of course) before Alan Irwin and R. Bonney et al. introduced it independently of one another? In our ongoing literature review we frequently come across such interesting facts. It has also become clearer that when we talk about the benefits and challenges of Citizen Science, we have to be quite specific about the Citizen Science activities that we are discussing along with the settings and characteristics of such activities. In parallel to the literature review, we have also been conducting expert interviews on Citizen Science during this period where the focus has mainly been on the Open Science and Citizen Science policies in EU15 Member States.

The WP2 team has been working on the first deliverable D2.1. The work presented in this deliverable reports on work done during the first year of the project (M1 to M12): this includes the description of the process followed to build the first version of the CS Track database (DB) and the results from a first analysis of the collection of Citizen Science (CS) projects contained in the DB. It also includes a section reporting on the strengths and weaknesses of the current data collection process. This analysis is especially relevant to plan the next steps (including the engagement of other WPs) to explore and document parameters of CS activities. In parallel to this task, the dissemination of the VSQ (very short questionnaire) to be distributed to CS organisers/coordinators has started in December, the survey URL can be found here.

In the first year of CS Track, the WP3 team have identified, assembled, and documented relevant analytic methods, including techniques of social network analysis and information mining. Drawing on the large set of projects contained in CS Track’s database, we have so far elaborated some applications that show the potential of the analyses on three different levels. On the micro-level, we have used data from forum interactions in CS projects to identify roles and interaction patterns between professional scientists and volunteers. On a meso-level, we have extracted research areas from project descriptions and reports using text mining techniques. On the highest level of aggregation, we can analyse the interactions between projects, groups of projects and other entities (such as public media) relying on Twitter data including mentions, retweets, or follower relationships. This has already been performed using Lynguo for the analysis of publications and citations in the context of citizen science. Those results will be consolidated and prepared for publication in the CS Track eMagazine.

The team leading WP4 has been working extensively on building a foundation for the dissemination of the key CS Track project survey in January 2021. The purpose of this Europe-wide survey into people’s experiences in citizen science activities is to investigate people’s experiences in citizen science activities regardless of their level of participation or the topic. The work carried out by the WP4 team includes a comprehensive dissemination plan for CS Track partners, as well as a log to manage the dissemination process. The team have also been very actively engaged in negotiations with other strategic partners to support the dissemination process.

The WP5 team has been working on the launch of the Community Platform. The first version was presented in September and included a call to action module in order to attract the audience’s attention and facilitate subscription to the newsletter. Likewise, the team has been improving the eMagazine and the Community Platform to provide different types of content such as graphical articles, reports and other representation of information that highlight the value of Citizen Science. Finally, the first publication of the eMagazine is scheduled to be published before the end of December 2020. In this respect, the first Editorial Committee meeting has taken place to support the eMagazine publication workflow and timeline so that a monthly post can be published.

In WP6, we have continued our focus on building our connections within the Citizen Science community across Europe and relationships with specific projects have been deepened as we continue to find ways to support and augment relevant research activities already underway within the community as well as finding the right niche for our own outputs. CS Track was particularly well represented during the recent SDG conference in Berlin and we also launched our presence in Zenodo during recent months. Work to support partners in their work in the different areas of project activity continues including effort to promote the project wide survey being led by JYU in WP4.

Management and coordination (WP7) activity continued in its normal path, with some new emphases that characterised this trimester: more extensive dialogue with the Project Officer on issues of budget use, planning and proper financing of the External Advisory Board (currently scheduled to be launched in February 2021), project review timing; adjustments in the submission schedule of some deliverables, etc. As well, a first “exercise” of (internal) financial reporting which was carried out with all partners.

As part of its continuous overview of ethical and gender matters in the project, WP8’s co-leader FORTH issued a template for WP and task leaders to inform on gender and ethical issues encountered in their project work. Conceived both as a monitoring and reflection tool, the template will be updated periodically for managerial follow up and as a source of information for external reporting.

June 2020 to August 2020

It’s been a busy summer for the CS Track team despite the travel restrictions faced by everyone and we are looking forward to our next online partner meeting in September when we will jointly discuss project progress.

During this period, a systematic literature review revealed in WP1 that the level of evidence on Citizen Science is low. For instance, who participates and what are (dis)incentives, enablers and barriers for Citizen Science are rarely investigated beyond a single project. Research in CS Track is pioneering here. Meanwhile, the team working in WP2 has created a first version of the CS Track database with data of CS projects from 43 CS platforms. Data is classified based on the PPRS_CORE metadata standard. A new client tool ‘metabase’ is now available to CS Track partners to access the database and support collaborative research work to be carried by practically all partners.

After finalising and submitting the “Specification of Analytics Methods and Tools” (the first deliverable from WP3) beginning of August, the main focus of the WP3 team is now on the automatic categorisation of CS activities based on topic extraction from textual descriptions. This will allow us to determine the relevant research areas/topics of a given activity. Additionally, it will enable us to characterise the level of interdisciplinarity and potential synergies of CS projects. We are also happy to report that the questionnaire in WP4 has been successfully piloted over the summer, and it is now being fine-tuned. Final preparations for having it translated to local languages and launched later in the autumn are well underway.

The WP5 team has been working on the development of a deliverable that describes the technical requirements and the plan for implementation of the Community Platform and the e-Magazine based on the technical and user needs of the consortium partners. In WP6, the focus has been on building our contacts and knowledge of the Citizen Science community with a particular reference to the research community which has included working on our publication planning. CS Track team members are starting to give their first presentations at relevant conferences like the EASST/4S conference in August and the SDG Conference in Berlin in October.

In WP7, our coordinating team has continued its varied managerial activities, also participating in virtually all meetings at project or multi-WP level and launching some special activities. The latter included the development of peer review/quality assurance procedures of project deliverables, and centralising the planning and preparation work for the institution of CS Track’s External Advisory Board, made up of international Citizen Science experts supporting the project’s work and sustained relevance.

March 2020 to May 2020

Despite the current pandemic, CS Track partners have continued to be busy working on the project these past 3 months. Much of this work was presented and discussed at the project partners’ meeting, held as a marathon online event spread over 3 days at the start of May.

Over this period, WLW, who are leading WP1, have extended their research work and refined the selection process they are applying in their overview of the global citizen science landscape which will translate into conceptual models and exclusion criteria to be used in other work packages. UPF, who lead WP2, are now well advanced in their collection of citizen science platforms and projects (so far 15,000 projects have been identified) advancing to concretize definitions of activities. Ongoing work is being carried out to guarantee the accessibility of CS Track partners to the database, to support collaborative research to be carried by WP1-5. At this point, WP3 activities, which are led by RIAS, are focused on describing and putting together analytic methods (for D3.1) with some first examples of analyzing community interactions and online discourse from project web pages (such as the Zooniverse “Chimp & See” project). There have also been interactions with WP2 related to extracting descriptive information from project pages.

The questionnaire which is an integral part of the work in WP4 led by JYU will be tested over the summer months in preparation for the launch of a major survey by CS Track in autumn. WP5 leader URJC are advancing well in their refinement of their plans for the community portal and e-Magazine which will be launched at the end of 2020. The impact assurance work in WP6 led by ATiT continues with support from WiD. The website is being kept up to date with news about related research activities and a twitter channel has been launched. At the same time a lot of effort is going into building up contacts with the wider stakeholder community in advance of our first outputs. For the project management team led by MOFET, this last period has been very busy with project coordination and the finalisation of the partner agreement. Finally, the deliverables required on Ethics in WP8, led by MOFET in close collaboration with FORTH, are now finalised, and deliverable D7.1 – Data Management Plan, (DMP), coordinated by MOFET and RIAS, has also been submitted on time.

December 2019 to February 2020

Following a really successful kick-off meeting held in Leuven in December 2019, each of the work package leaders have been busy getting started on their tasks. In WP1, coordinated by WLW, partners are identifying CS networks, portals, and project databases on the one hand, and funding schemes and policies pertaining to citizen science on the other, to get a  first overview of the global citizen science landscape. UPF who lead WP2 have been organising regular meetings with partners to get their work on selecting citizen science projects for analysis started as well as figuring out the requirements of our data base. RIAS who lead WP3 have been working on establishing a privacy policy for information from publicly available resources while JYU who lead WP4 have created the first draft of their questionnaire which will be used for gathering information about citizen science activities.  WP5 leader URJC and WP6 leader ATiT have been working closely to meet the first project milestone, that of launching the project as well as taking stock of the current channels and resources available for communication and dissemination within the wider European Citizen Science environment. For project coordinators, MOFET, launching the management structure and protocols has been their main focus as well as guiding the project partners during this early stage. Leading WP8, and working in close collaboration with FORTH (coordinators of the Ethics and Gender subject in the project), they have also been working on the ethical and data management planning for CS Track.

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