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Sonia Liñán, Feb. 8, 2024, 12:44 p.m.

ECS Best Practices report for collaborative data infrastructures

The European Citizen Science (ECS) project has released a report to revolutionise data management practices within citizen science initiatives. This report, led by researchers from the Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM-CSIC), derived from a meticulous literature review, serves as a comprehensive guide for organisations and individuals involved in developing and implementing technological services in citizen science.

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Cathrine, Jan. 31, 2024, 10:58 a.m.

Citizen social science in educational settings

As a part of the EU-funded project YouCount, the Department of sustainability and planning of the Aalborg University, in Denmark, have experimented with implementing citizen social science as a tool for working practice and action-based with sustainability for civic youth engagement.

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Yaela Golumbic, Jan. 31, 2024, 10:53 a.m.

Education and training at the Israel Center for Citizen Science

Citizen science in Israel has been growing slowly yet steadily, over the past years. Yet, projects generally operate independently of one another, needing to build their own expertise, infrastructure and public support systems. This situation restricts the sharing of knowledge, limits the efficient allocation of resources, and ultimately prevents projects from reaching their full potential. This is why the Israel Center for Citizen Science was established.

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Floor, Jan. 31, 2024, 10:34 a.m.

Urban engaged university

Get to know the Citizen Science Contact Point (CSCP) launched in October 2022 by the Research Council of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. As the name suggests, the research community at Vrije Universiteit Brussel can address the Citizen Science Contact Point for all things citizen science. But the larger aim, as stated in the policy plans, is to stimulate both the quality and the quantity of funded Vrije Universiteit Brussel projects applying a citizen science approach, and to promote a culture in which citizen science is considered as a fully-fledged research method.

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Simona Cerrato, Jan. 23, 2024, 1:26 p.m.

Behind the Scenes of the First National Conference of Citizen Science Italia

From November 24th to 26th, the first national conference of the newly established association Citizen Science Italia took place in Pisa. It was a significant event held in the charming setting of the Arsenali repubblicani, a venue that bears witness to the city's long maritime history and its openness to new horizons. We discussed the conference with Andrea Sforzi, Gaia Agnello, and Chiara Vitillo, the organisers of the event and the driving force behind the association. Tigre, Gaia's cat, joined us, never missing a video call when it comes to citizen science.

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Simona Cerrato, Jan. 23, 2024, 1:15 p.m.

Dietro le quinte del primo Convegno nazionale di Citizen Science Italia

Dal 24 al 26 novembre si è tenuto a Pisa il primo Convegno nazionale della neonata associazione Citizen Science Italia. È stato un evento importante nella suggestiva cornice degli Arsenali repubblicani, a Pisa che testimoniano la lunga storia marinara della città e la sua apertura verso nuovi orizzonti. Ne parliamo con Andrea Sforzi, Gaia Agnello e Chiara Vitillo, che hanno organizzato l’evento e sono lo spirito dell’associazione. Ci ha accompagnato Tigre, la gatta di Gaia, che non perde nemmeno una videochiamata quando si tratta di citizen science.

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Meritxell, Dec. 5, 2023, 9:06 a.m.

European Radon Day marked with citizen science event

Radon is a radioactive gas that is odourless, colourless and tasteless and poses a serious risk of lung cancer, a risk enhanced by exposure to air pollution and smoking. Citizen science can contribute to investigate the scientific, technical and societal risks from radon exposure situations, and support good management of these materials and effective radiation protection.

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Meritxell, Dec. 1, 2023, 10:06 a.m.

Citizen engagement, motivation and recruitment

Citizen scientists are undoubtedly the vital essence of any citizen science project. Therefore, keeping an eye on what interests and motivates the citizens, and what they expect from their involvement in the project, is crucial to ensure not only the success but also the sustained longevity of citizen science initiatives. Yet, maintaining consistent engagement and ensuring citizens remain highly motivated throughout can pose a challenge for many citizen science initiatives.

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Claudia, Dec. 1, 2023, 9:18 a.m.

A wrap-up of 2023 in the ECS project

Whether you joined our citizen science journey from the beginning or came aboard the Citizen science lighthouse later on, we hope that you are enjoying the reads so far. As we bid farewell to the fourth and last issue of this year’s magazine, we are thrilled to share a wrap-up of some of the ECS project’s 2023 activities that might be of interest to you.

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Stefania, Nov. 27, 2023, 8:28 a.m.

Citizen science in conflict zones for community empowerment

Conflicts pose a threat to the natural heritage and biodiversity of affected territories. Practising citizen science amid disruptive socio-environmental conditions is challenging but worth doing with and for communities’ post-war recovery.

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Anna Berti Suman, Oct. 2, 2023, 6 a.m.

FOCUS: Citizen science and the law: potential applications

Civic environmental monitoring can offer valuable evidence for environmental law enforcement, both in judicial arenas and in alternative dispute resolution e.g., through mediation techniques.

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Annelies, Oct. 2, 2023, 6 a.m.

FOCUS: Legal challenges for citizen science initiatives: Stories from the field

What are the legal hurdles faced by citizen science projects? This is a particularly challenging topic and there is an urgent need for clearer guidance. Three topics are presented here: Navigating rules on volunteering, Privacy proof citizen science, Intellectual property rights.

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