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Special collection on citizen science in higher education published

Special collection on citizen science in higher education published

Citizen Science: Theory and Practice journal has just released a new special collection on citizen science in Higher Education. This special collection explores the ways both online and field-based citizen science can be integrated in higher education as a tool for...

EU report on open science & societal engagement in research

EU report on open science & societal engagement in research

The EU Commission has recently published a new report entitled "Enabling open science and societal engagement in research". This report presents insights and recommendations from a workshop held on 1 July 2021 attended by beneficiaries of the Science with and for...

What SDG is the most popular among the CS community on Twitter?

What SDG is the most popular among the CS community on Twitter?

Our colleagues David Roldán-álvarez, Fernando Martínez-Martínez, Estefanía Martín from URJC have recently published an article "Understanding Discussions of Citizen Science Around Sustainable Development Goals in Twitter" in the IEEE Xplore journal. This paper...

What is citizen science, and do we need to define it?

What is citizen science, and do we need to define it?

There is no consensus about what citizen science exactly means even among researchers who are highly specialised on the topic. Also research funders and policy makers use it differently: sometimes quite differently: […] no central authority or governing body oversees...

How social network analysis reveals significant variables in Citizen Science projects: the Chimp & See case

How social network analysis reveals significant variables in Citizen Science projects: the Chimp & See case

Chimp & See is one of the projects of the Zooniverse platform, which is one of the largest citizen science web portals, was initiated in 2015 by the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. The aim of the project is to learn more about the culture, population size and demography of chimpanzees in specific regions of Africa. 

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. 

Questioning the term “Citizen science project”

Questioning the term “Citizen science project”

Citizen science, at least in Europe, has turned into an umbrella term for a lot of very different practices. What these have in common is only that they involve people into research who come from different professions or different disciplines than the project deals...

CS Track workshop participants learn how to use analytics workbench

CS Track workshop participants learn how to use analytics workbench

On Tuesday 16 November the CS Track team ran a workshop about a web-based tool called the analytics workbench that can be used to collect information about citizen science projects. This tool was developed by project partner RIAS. 22 participants from 10 different...

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.

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