How we selected the starter set of resources, and curated ‘Our Selection’
July 17, 2020, 8:25 a.m.
It is part of our mandate within the EU-Citizen.Science project to take stock of the vast number of existing tools, guidelines and other materials available in and for citizen science, and to highlight, curate and organise those that are high quality and represent best practice in the field. This is at the heart of the second objective for our project, to CONSOLIDATE the citizen science knowledge base and celebrate outstanding practices and state of the art in citizen science in Europe.
Naturally, as we launch the alpha version of the platform (which is the first objective of our project), we also want to have a great starter set of resources available for the wider citizen science community to browse and find, that serves as a good example of the types of resources and projects we are asking people to add and share.
We therefore took the opportunity to test the quality criteria that we developed for the resources (See: ‘How we developed the quality criteria for resources’) while collecting a starter set of resources for the alpha release of the platform. As we did so, we asked all of the members of the consortium to add a Gold Star to those profiles that should be included in our own curated selection of best practice resources.
We first started with a set of resources that were suggested by the consortium members during our project kick-off meeting in Berlin, then a set of resources that were collected through the WP5 Training Needs Survey, and then asked for any additional resources to be added by consortium members as part of our WP3 quality criteria development process.
Using a Google Form to fill in all of the mandatory and optional resource profile information, we then also used the same google form to thoroughly go through the entire quality criteria moderation process (shown in the table below) for our own starter set. The specific criteria for resources were thus assessed against a 5-point scale, and all resources that exceeded the 50%-of-total-possible-points threshold are included in the online starter set.
The resulting spreadsheet of good quality resources was then sorted to highlight those that had been given a Gold Star, and those were further organised according to their ‘theme’. These indicate the stage of the citizen science project lifecycle that the resource relates to.
To keep the structure of the Our Selection page on the website easy to see and navigate we have used the 4 main stages of any project as our categories for organising the ‘Gold Star’ resources, namely Initiation, Planning, Execution, and Impact & Evaluation (more frequently called Closure in project management texts).