Frameworks & Definitions

A short introduction to the CS Track Analytics Workbench

How can we make the CS Track database of Citizen Science projects interactively accessible for the purposes of interest-driven retrieval, navigation and comparative analysis as well as for checking and correcting existing information items and adding new ones? To achieve this, we have developed the Analytics Workbench.

CS Track researchers to present at EASST 2022

CS Track researchers to present at EASST 2022

We are delighted to announce that our team members Christine Urban and Michael Strähle (Wissenschaftsladen Wien – Science Shop Vienna) are going to be presenting at the EASST 2022 Conference (6-9, July) in Madrid, Spain. They will give a presentation entitled...

ECSA Conference 2022, Call for proposals

ECSA Conference 2022, Call for proposals

The 4th ECSA Conference taking place from 5-8 October in Berlin, Germany runs under the cross-cutting theme of Citizen Science for Planetary Health. The concept of planetary health is based on the understanding that human health and human civilization depend on...

What are the boundaries of citizen science? Learning from a vignette study

What are the boundaries of citizen science? Learning from a vignette study

Citizen science has expanded rapidly over the past decade. As a result defining citizen science and its boundaries remains a challenge, and this is reflected in the literature—for example in the proliferation of typologies and definitions. There is a need for identifying areas of agreement and disagreement within the citizen science practitioners community on what should be considered citizen science. 

How do citizen science activities develop and work? Computational analysis techniques can help us find out

How do citizen science activities develop and work? Computational analysis techniques can help us find out

A cornerstone of the CS Track project’s approach to investigating how citizen science (CS) activities develop and work is the use of computational analysis techniques applied to digital sources and traces to characterise and analyse these activities in terms of interactions within certain projects, the interplay with “official” science and their interaction with society.

Who takes part in Citizen Science projects & why?

Who takes part in Citizen Science projects & why?

Identifying who takes part in citizen science projects and understanding what motivates them are key aspects in building our understanding of citizen science. These aspects are at the heart of a recent White Paper published by the CS Track project which highlights interest in the theme, contributing to scientific research and opportunities to learn as key factors when it comes to motivation.

Characteristics and nature of Citizen Science in Europe today

Characteristics and nature of Citizen Science in Europe today

Citizen Science is changing and evolving as highlighted in the recent CS Track White Paper on Themes, Objectives and Participants. This white paper draws on the initial results of a large scale CS Track survey carried out in early 2021 which highlights an increasing use of technology, diversification in terms of themes and a re-assessment of the value that citizen science can bring to the individual as well as society as a whole.

Characterising engagement in citizen science

Characterising engagement in citizen science

Engaging a wide range of participants over time, is key to the successful operation of citizen science projects. But how can projects accomplish this? The short and perhaps simplistic answer is “know your audience” – The whole range of potential audiences your project may have.

Economic considerations in Citizen Science

Economic considerations in Citizen Science

Examining the role of economic considerations in Citizen Science projects may yield some surprising conclusions, for example that those considerations may not be deemed by those involved in a project as important as could be expected. Greater attention seems to be paid to non-economic factors (e.g., educational gains).

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  1. Policy-maker: Regional, national or international policy-maker or influencer.
  2. Academic: Academic engaged in research related to Citizen Science.
  3. Citizen Scientist: Citizen Scientist involved in or managing/planning one or more Citizen Science project.
  4. Organisational representative: member of a civil society organisation or NGO supporting Citizen Science (including science centres and musea, CS clubs and platforms etc.).
  5. Company representative: company employee supporting and/or funding Citizen Science projects or activities.
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