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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.

Learning from others – marketing the science and engaging the citizens

Learning from others – marketing the science and engaging the citizens

Marketing and motivation studies highlighted the importance of knowing more about participants. Framing and user experience experts showed how to convert knowledge into tailored approaches that enhance engagement and retention. Other fields, including the world of commerce, have potential lessons for citizen science practitioners, especially those involved in top-down, mass participatory projects that require high levels of engagement.

Data donation and Citizen Science  – an interview with Elissa Redmiles, Max Planck Institute for Software Systems

Data donation and Citizen Science  – an interview with Elissa Redmiles, Max Planck Institute for Software Systems

Dr. Elissa M. Redmiles is a faculty member and research group leader of the Safety & Society group at the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems. She has additionally served as a consultant and researcher at multiple institutions, including Microsoft Research, Facebook, the World Bank, the Center for Democracy and Technology, and the University of Zurich.

Partner meeting in Barcelona boosts research collaboration

Partner meeting in Barcelona boosts research collaboration

Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) hosted a busy project meeting over the last 3 days in the lovely Poblenou Campus in Barcelona. This meeting comes at a critical time in the life of the project when much of the planned triangulation work comes to the fore and the various...

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...

More information on replicable models – just one of the priorities for CS Track stakeholders

More information on replicable models – just one of the priorities for CS Track stakeholders

In order to better tailor our work to the needs of our different stakeholders, the CS Track team led a series of focus group discussions in September. These focus groups directly involved over 30 people coming from different stakeholder communities including policy-makers and officers, platform and support agency representatives, people interested in CS from an educational perspective and CS project leaders, participants and researchers.

IMDEA Energy. Communicating science to drive citizen engagement in the transition to a Circular Economy model

IMDEA Energy. Communicating science to drive citizen engagement in the transition to a Circular Economy model

IMDEA Energy is a research center created by the Community of Madrid in Spain, whose objectives are to promote and carry out R&D activities related to energy, especially for the promotion of renewable energies and clean energy technologies that allow progress towards a sustainable energy system. 

CSI-COP publishes their 5th Newsletter

CSI-COP publishes their 5th Newsletter

The European CSI-COP project has published their 5th Newsletter. In this edition they feature an interview of one of CSI-COP’s partners: Dr. Tiberius Ignat of Immer Besser. Tiberius explains a parent’s dilemma of wanting to provide his children with the wealth of...

Why is the protection of online privacy important to the Citizen Science community? – an interview with Huma Shah from CSI-COP

Why is the protection of online privacy important to the Citizen Science community? – an interview with Huma Shah from CSI-COP

Huma Shah is an Assistant Professor and Researcher in AI at Coventry University in the UK. She is a passionate defender of online privacy. She is currently directing the science on the EU-funded CSI-COP project. This aims to raise awareness of citizens’ right to privacy online, and to mobilise citizen scientists from across Europe and beyond to investigate the different types of trackers in websites and apps.

Geneva Trialogue, 17 March

Geneva Trialogue, 17 March

This year’s Geneva Trialogue's theme is Open Innovation for Education and the event will be held on 17 March. Geneva Trialogue 2022 focuses on the global challenge of scaling education to tackle the SDGs. With open innovation as the compass, novel...

Biodiversity citizen science projects: What are the benefits for the participants?

Biodiversity citizen science projects: What are the benefits for the participants?

Biodiversity citizen science projects investigate, for example, which species of plants or animals exist in an area and how many individuals of each species live in that area. Such projects involve citizen scientists in identifying and monitoring biological diversity and collecting biodiversity data. With the help of citizen scientists, researchers can collect large amounts of such data that they would not be able to collect on their own. We wanted to know how citizen scientists benefit from their participation in biodiversity citizen science projects. 

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.

Citizen Science Handbook published

Citizen Science Handbook published

The community of Citizen Science practitioners in Zurich, including researchers at the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, and citizens have just published their Citizen Science Handbook. It is a practical guide on how to successfully design and run co-created...

EUHubs4Data’s survey to help map citizen engagment

EUHubs4Data’s survey to help map citizen engagment

EUHubs4Data is a EU-funded project that will build a European federation of Data Innovation Hubs and connect them with data incubators and platforms, SME networks, AI communities, skills and training organisations and open data repositories. Project partners are...

The Formosa Case: A Step Forward on the Acceptance of Citizen-Collected Evidence in Environmental Litigation?

The Formosa Case: A Step Forward on the Acceptance of Citizen-Collected Evidence in Environmental Litigation?

Through a case law analysis of the Formosa ruling, we explore how citizen-collected evidence influenced the judge’s ruling. Although the case has unique features, we identify lessons learned for other citizen-run monitoring initiatives, to strengthen their voice within environmental litigation. We close by suggesting future research avenues, especially in Europe, where the discussion is still in its infancy.

Increased knowledge generates more positive attitudes to science by citizen science participation

Increased knowledge generates more positive attitudes to science by citizen science participation

Can knowledge foster positive attitudes toward science in CS projects? Research on the public understanding of science has found that the relationship between attitudes toward science and general knowledge of scientific content is only small. We investigated whether this relationship and its direction is stronger in CS projects because these projects address specific knowledge such as wildlife ecology. Our findings indicated that citizens’ knowledge about wildlife improved their attitudes toward science later on.

1 in 5 citizen science projects are multidisciplinary

1 in 5 citizen science projects are multidisciplinary

Citizen science has a foundation in traditional fields of science such as biology that remain strong today. However, based on the initial results of an international survey that began early 2021 by the CS Track team, it was discovered that 20% of citizen science...

EU-Citizen.Science final conference, 24-25 November

EU-Citizen.Science final conference, 24-25 November

The EU-Citizen.Science platform, in collaboration with the ACTION project, will hold their final conference under the theme of "The future of citizen science: sharing experiences from the European community" on 24-25 November. The event will bring together the global...

CitSciOZ21 virtual conference, 27 – 29 October 2021

CitSciOZ21 virtual conference, 27 – 29 October 2021

“CitSciOz21: Celebrate, Communicate, Co-create” is an online virtual conference organised by the Australian Citizen Science Association that will take place 27 – 29 October 2021. Centered around the themes of Celebrate, Communicate, and Co-Create, this virtual...

Citizen Science Podcast

Citizen Science Podcast

Citizen Science: Stories of Science We Can All Do Together. is a podcast from SciStarter. This show spotlights the many different ways that individuals and communities are exploring and changing the world around them through public participation in science. Episodes...

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.

The most typical citizen scientists are married men!

The most typical citizen scientists are married men!

The activities in citizen science tend to involve a variety of people representing different walks of life - some at the professional level, some at the enthusiast level. Based on the initial results of a survey conducted by the CS Track team earlier this year, it was...

Scientifica, 4-5 September, Zürich, Switzerland

Scientifica, 4-5 September, Zürich, Switzerland

The Scientifica conference will take place at ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich on 4-5 September, 2021 under the motto "Synthetic naturally". Scientifica offers a wide range of events in various formats for all ages including special activities for families and...

How to Reward Young Citizen Social Scientists?

How to Reward Young Citizen Social Scientists?

The YOUCOUNT project team aims to develop ‘actionable’ knowledge of the positive drivers for social inclusion of disadvantaged young people. They are planning to invite citizen scientists to take part in case studies in 9 European countries and therefore it was...

Citizen Science Projects: How to Make a Difference?

Citizen Science Projects: How to Make a Difference?

The University of Dundee is offering a course entitled "Citizen Science Projects: How to Make a Difference?" on the Futurelearn platform. In this course, you’ll discover many different types of projects and how to get involved. You’ll find out how to lead a project,...

Citizen Social Science School (online), 13-23 September

Citizen Social Science School (online), 13-23 September

Citizen Social Science School: Social Dimensions in Citizen Science will take place online from 13-23 September. The main goal of this event is to offer academic researchers a common space and a shared time to reflect, discuss, learn, and receive practical...

2020-2021 EUA Open Science Survey results published

2020-2021 EUA Open Science Survey results published

This report presents the outcomes of the 2020-2021 EUA Open Science Survey and provides evidence-based recommendations for institutions, researchers, research funders and policymakers on the transition towards Open Science. The 2020-2021 EUA Open Science Survey...

Open Science Fair, 20-23 September

Open Science Fair, 20-23 September

OS Fair 2021 aims to bring together and empower open science communities and services; to identify common practices related to open science; to see what are the best synergies to deliver and operate services that work for many; and to bring experiences from all around...

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.

EU-Citizen.Science workroom, 21, 29 June and 6 July

EU-Citizen.Science workroom, 21, 29 June and 6 July

The EU-Citizen.Science project team is organising a three-part workshop series on 21 June, 29 June, and 6 July. The events are free for the whole community, however the number of participants is limited to 50, therefore we encourage you to register here in advance....

CitSciOZ21 virtual conference, 27 – 29 October 2021

CitSciOZ21 virtual conference, 27 – 29 October 2021

"CitSciOz21: Celebrate, Communicate, Co-create" is an online virtual conference organised by the Australian Citizen Science Association that will take place 27 – 29 October 2021. Centered around the themes of Celebrate, Communicate, and Co-Create, this virtual...

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).

Living Knowledge Online Festival, 28 June – 2 July

Living Knowledge Online Festival, 28 June – 2 July

The Online Festival aims to bring together all those involved in doing or supporting research with, and for, communities in the setting of Science Shops. What can we learn from each other’s approaches? How can we collaborate? Which links have been forged and which...

Focus on Communication CS Track Workshop, 12 May

Focus on Communication CS Track Workshop, 12 May

This third CS Track workshops at this year’s CitSci Virtual conference will focus on the approach and methods/tools used to communicate results. During this intro session, the team from URJC will present how they have set up the communications channels for the...

Focus on Analytics CS Track Workshop, 11 May

Focus on Analytics CS Track Workshop, 11 May

The second of three CS Track workshops at this year’s CitSci Virtual conference will focus on the approach and methods/tools used to analyse data. During this session, the team from RIAS will introduce the analytics work being carried out by the project team and the...

Focus on Information Management CS Track Workshop, 5 May

Focus on Information Management CS Track Workshop, 5 May

This first of three CS Track workshops at this year’s CitSci Virtual conference will be focused on the development of a database of CS projects and preliminary data analysis. During this event we will explain how the database was built, talk about the tools and...

CitieS-Health’s Citizen Science toolkit

CitieS-Health’s Citizen Science toolkit

The CitieS-Health Toolkit provides a customised and interactive collection of adaptable instruments to empower anybody to engage communities to solve issues of common concerns and deploy actions for making your world a better place to live in. The tools are meant to...

April is CitSciMonth!

April is CitSciMonth!

SciStarter in the the US is organising Citizen Science month in April. The idea is to provide lots of opportunities for people to have a go at citizen science and join a project no matter where they are on the globe. You can find out more on their website where there...

EU-Citizen.Science offer funding for 10 training modules

EU-Citizen.Science offer funding for 10 training modules

This new call from EU-Citizen.Science provides funding for the development, implementation and testing of 10 training modules on the topic of citizen science. These modules will be uploaded to the Moodle integration of the EU-Citizen.Science platform. The training...

MOOC on Citizen Science Education

MOOC on Citizen Science Education

The new BRITEC MOOC “A roadmap to citizen science Education” will provide materials and stories of implementation from innovative citizen science education projects. According to the organisers, Citizen Science Education is based on the assumption that teachers and...

New paper on Research Ethics in Citizen Science

New paper on Research Ethics in Citizen Science

A new chapter by Lisa M. Rasmussen on Research Ethics in Citizen Science has been published in the Oxford Handbook of Research. This chapter outlines some of the main ethical issues in citizen science research, which the author describes as a new research approach...

CitSciVirtual throughout May 2021

CitSciVirtual throughout May 2021

Citizen.Science.org have launched an exciting new online event for the Citizen Science community called CitSciVirtual which will run throughout May 2021. Under the banner CitSciVirtual: Local, Global, Connected the organisers say that they are 'taking the best...

New report from JRC on Scaling up Citizen Science

New report from JRC on Scaling up Citizen Science

This report entitled Scaling up Citizen Science. What are the factors associated with increased reach and how to lever them to achieve impact is based on a theoretically grounded framework which aims to unbundle the meaning of scaling and spreading in Citizen...

Call for papers on Citizen Science in Higher Education

Call for papers on Citizen Science in Higher Education

The Citizen Science: Theory and Practice journal is planning to publish a special collection on Citizen Science in Higher Education. Citizen Science: Theory and Practice is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal providing a central space for cross-disciplinary...

Getting input on the the CS Track database

Getting input on the the CS Track database

CS Track partner UPF are leading on the work to create a comprehensive database of projects that will help the team explore citizen science activities. To date this data collection includes data on over 12,000 projects and continues to expand. On 2/11, Patricia Santos...

JYU brings CS Track to Bioeconomy workshop in Finland

JYU brings CS Track to Bioeconomy workshop in Finland

The CS Track team at JYU are presenting their work in CS Track during a workshop about citizen science on 14 September linked to forest bioeconomy in Northern Karelia, an area in Eastern Finland. During their presentation, they will describe what Citizen Science can...

Let’s talk about Citizen Science….

Let’s talk about Citizen Science….

Michael Strähle & Christine Urban / Wissenschaftsladen Wien - Science Shop Vienna are giving a presentation related to their work in CS Track at the 2020 edition of the EASST/4S conference. The title of this fully online conference is "Locating and Timing Matters:...

EC Report summarises the impact of Citizen Science projects

EC Report summarises the impact of Citizen Science projects

The recently published report Citizen Science and Citizen Engagement - Achievements in Horizon 2020 and recommendations on the way forward provides an excellent snapshot of European Commission funded efforts in the area of Citizen Science. Written by Colombe Warin and...

Lets talk about learning and education in Citizen Science

Lets talk about learning and education in Citizen Science

The recording and other materials generated by the recent webinar initiated by members of the ECSA working group on “Learning and Education in Citizen Science” and the Citizen Science COST Action are now available here. Facilitated by the EU-Citizen.Science project,...

WeObserve project launches Open Data Challenge

WeObserve project launches Open Data Challenge

The ultimate goal of the WeObserve Challenge is to find new approaches and solutions to respond to environmental challenges through open citizen-science datasets, as well as to produce applications and services and showcase citizen science data for public benefit. The...

Characteristics of Citizen Science webinar on 27 May

Characteristics of Citizen Science webinar on 27 May

ECSA and EU-Citizen.Science are co-hosting a webinar about the recently published ‘Characteristics of citizen science’. This document is the output of a community-based effort to outline what can be characterized as citizen science. Led by members of...

Conference on Citizen Science decade in support of SDG

Conference on Citizen Science decade in support of SDG

As part of the German EU Council Presidency, the Museum for Naturkunde in Berlin will host a conference on Citizen Science and the Sustainable Development Goals in autumn. The conference, entitled A citizen science decade (2020-2030) in support to the Sustainable...

Hard work these online meetings!

Hard work these online meetings!

At certain moments during our two and a half day CS Track partner meeting held online from 4-6 May, we were 25 people from all over Europe discussing the progress of the project --- and it was hard work! but we made it and managed to cover an in-depth programme of...

What exactly is Citizen Science?

What exactly is Citizen Science?

ECSA and EU.citizen-science have launched the “ECSA Characteristics of Citizen Science” – a foundation document to define the parameters of activities that can be called Citizen Science. This document aimed at providing some set criteria for citizen science, whose...

Citizen Science and Sustainability Transitions

Citizen Science and Sustainability Transitions

A recently published paper on Science Direct discusses how citizen science can help addressing Sustainability Transitions (STs). The authors propose three pathways through which citizen science could support STs, based on the premise that any transition is...

EU vs Virus Hackathon

EU vs Virus Hackathon

Between April 24 and 26, the European Commission hosted a pan-European hackathon to collectively address 20 imminent coronavirus challenges. The objective was to connect civil society, innovatiors, partners and investors across Europe to develop innovative solutions...

GRECO launches the Generation Solar app

GRECO launches the Generation Solar app

The web-version of the citizen science Generation Solar app has just been launched. The GRECO project has developed this tool to research innovative photovoltaic solutions using open science and citizen science. We invite everyone to explore Generation Solar to be...

EU-Citizen.Science Platform launched

EU-Citizen.Science Platform launched

The new EU-Citizen.Science digital platform for anyone interested in citizen science has just been launched. It gathers best practice resources from the community for initiating, planning and executing citizen science projects, and showcases a wide range of citizen...

ECSA Conference postponed to 6-9 September

ECSA Conference postponed to 6-9 September

The European conference for citizen and participatory science 2020 (ECSA) which was to have taken place in Trieste, Italy has been postponed to 6-9 September, the conference will still take place in Trieste. You can find out more here.

ECSA Conference 2020, Trieste, Italy 24-26 May 2020

ECSA Conference 2020, Trieste, Italy 24-26 May 2020

The annual European conference for citizen and participatory science takes place in Trieste, Italy from 24 to 26 May. Entitled ‘Encounters in Citizen Science”this event will focus on junctures in science: between scientists and citizens; between East and West; between...

Invitation to join survey into defining citizen science

Invitation to join survey into defining citizen science

EU-Citizen.Science and the European Citizen Science Association are trying to develop a short briefing that can be used by research funders, policy bodies, and scientists, to decide which activities, and under which conditions, should be considered to be citizen...

CS Track gets off to a bright start in Leuven

CS Track gets off to a bright start in Leuven

The CS Track team finally got the chance to meet one another face-to-face to work on project planning in Leuven on 9-10 December 2019. This meeting was hosted by partner ATiT in Martin’s Klooster in Leuven and turned out to be quite an intensive meeting. It included...

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