European Citizen Science via the web: potentials, expectations and way ahead
By Sven Schade
We envision a web-enabled European Citizen Science Platform that opens research supported by the European Union for collaborations with the public. Our initial investigations concentrate on environmental sciences and sustainability research in order to support the living within the limits of our planet.
This activity shall advance science by (i) providing easy access to data, services, models, publications, etc.; (ii) listening to emerging debates and areas of interest; and (iii) enabling deep engagement in scientific processes for anybody interested. Web technologies will be a key element in order to reach a wide audience, enable re-use of available resources in innovative applications, and foster collaboration beyond the physical space.
We hope to address questions such as:
The Open Research Accelerator should help to identify and shape expectations, collect potential components and promising approaches, and avoid developments into undesired directions. This first activity of awareness raising and co-design should initiate a collaborative process beyond the event itself.