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A selection of Gold Star citizen science resources made by the EU-Citizen.Science consortium

The EU-Citizen.Science consortium has made a selection of Gold Star citizen science resources to help you get started with designing and launching your own citizen science project, categorised across the project lifecycle.

Initiation

ECSA 10 Principles of Citizen Science
Citizen science is a flexible concept which can be adapted and applied within diverse situations and disciplines. The statements below were developed by the ‘Sharing best practice and building capacity’ … Read more
GUIDELINES
BEST PRACTICES
The ECSA Characteristics of Citizen Science
This document attempts to represent a wide range of opinions in an inclusive way, to allow for different types of projects and programmes, where context-specific criteria can be set.The characteristics … Read more
GUIDELINES
BEST PRACTICES
CHARACTERISTICS
Citizen science and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Peer-reviewed article published in Nature Sustainability on the potential of citizen science to contribute data for monitoring progress on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The paper grew out of … Read more
SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS - OTHER MATERIALS
INTRODUCTION TO CS BEST PRACTICES DATA QUALITY AND STANDARDS
CITIZEN SCIENCE DATA SDG MONITORING PEER-REVIEWED
Citizen Science Terminology Matters: Exploring Key Terms
Much can be at stake depending on the choice of words used to describe citizen science, because terminology impacts how knowledge is developed. Citizen science is a quickly evolving field … Read more
SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS - OTHER MATERIALS
INTRODUCTION TO CS BEST PRACTICES COMMUNICATION
CROWDSOURCING COMMUNITY-BASED PARTICIPATORY RESEARCH EPISTEMOLOGY PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN SCIENCE AND RESEARCH ONTOLOGY PARTICIPATORY ACTION RESEARCH

Planning

Guide to Running a Bioblitz 2.0
This guide has been designed to support the running of BioBlitzes and similar wildlife events in the UK. It is aimed at those running a large-scale event but a BioBlitz … Read more
GUIDELINES
BEST PRACTICES PROJECT MANAGEMENT RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS ENGAGEMENT COMMUNICATION EVENT PLANNING INSTRUCTIONS
BIOBLITZ ENGAGEMENT WILDLIFE EVENTS
Citizen Science Projects: How to Make a Difference
"Would you like to understand the environment and help create change? A citizen science project or observatory is the ideal way to explore environmental issues, take action and become a … Read more
TRAINING RESOURCES
INTRODUCTION TO CS BEST PRACTICES ENGAGEMENT DATA QUALITY AND STANDARDS INSTRUCTIONS IMPACT PROJECT SUSTAINABILITY
CITIZEN SCIENCE CITIZEN OBSERVATORIES DATA CHANGE-MAKING IMPACT SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDGS)
Citizen Science Network Austria Arbeitsgruppe für Offene Biodiversitätsdatenbanken in Citizen Science Projekten: …

Im Rahmen des Citizen Science Network Austria (https://www.citizen-science.at/netzwerk) wurde im Februar 2018 die Arbeitsgruppe Offene Biodiversitätsdatenbanken in Citizen Science-Projekten ins Leben gerufen. Die Ziele dieser AG sind (I) die Formulierung … Read more

GUIDELINES
BEST PRACTICES PROJECT MANAGEMENT TRANSFERABILITY
OFFENE DATEN OFFENE WISSENSCHAFT BIODIVERSITÄTSDATENBANKEN
Quality Criteria for Citizen Science Projects on Österreich forscht | Version 1.1
The platform Österreich forscht (www.citizen-science.at) was founded in 2014 with the objectives of (1) connecting citizen science actors in Austria, (2) providing the broadest possible overview of citizen science projects … Read more
GUIDELINES
BEST PRACTICES RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS ENGAGEMENT COMMUNICATION INSTRUCTIONS REGULATIONS AND ETHICS EVALUATION OF CITIZEN SCIENCE PROJECT SUSTAINABILITY
QUALITY CRITERIA MINIMUM STANDARDS
Handbook for Citizen Science Quality Assurance and Documentation

This Handbook for Citizen Science Quality Assurance and Documentation is for organizations that are starting or growing a citizen science project, and where transparency in the scientific methods for collecting … Read more

GUIDELINES
BEST PRACTICES DATA QUALITY AND STANDARDS
QUALITY ASSURANCE METADATA DATA MANAGEMENT
Guide to Citizen Science - developing, implementing and evaluating citizen science to …

Over the past decade, there has been a rapid increase in the diversity and scale of citizen science. This guide aims to support people already involved in citizen science, and … Read more

GUIDELINES
RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS
DESIGN EVALUATION ENVIRONMENT

Execution

Data Quality Resource Compendium by the CSA Data and Metadata Working Group
he QA/QC Project team of the CSA Metadata Working Group has compiled a compendium of guidance documents, manuals, and workbooks produced for citizen science. The resulting spreadsheet is a treasure-trove … Read more
GUIDELINES
DATA QUALITY AND STANDARDS
Socientize White Paper on Citizen Science in Europe

The SOCIENTIZE Project aims at improving the understanding and uptake of the impacts associated with Citizen Science. These concepts are fuzzy, since amateurs engage in research, researchers group themselves in … Read more

REPORTS - OTHER MATERIALS
INTRODUCTION TO CS ENGAGEMENT CO-CREATION COMMUNICATION EMPOWERMENT REGULATIONS AND ETHICS IMPACT
WHITE PAPER EUROPE
Green Paper Citizen Science Strategy 2020 for Germany
This Green Paper Citizen Science Strategy 2020 for Germany presents the under-standing, the requirements and the potential of Citizen Science in Germany. It re-fl ects on the multiple benefi ts … Read more
LIBRARIES - OTHER MATERIALS
INTRODUCTION TO CS DATA QUALITY AND STANDARDS INSTRUCTIONS LINK WITH FORMAL EDUCATION IMPACT EVALUATION OF CITIZEN SCIENCE
NATIONAL STRATEGY DEFINITION DEVELOPMENT ON NATIONAL LEVEL
Cities at night

The Didactic Unit that we present in these pages is a proposal to work on the classroom with third and fourth year students secondary, the location of sources of the … Read more

GUIDELINES
INTRODUCTION TO CS INSTRUCTIONS LINK WITH FORMAL EDUCATION
LIGHT POLLUTION
Citizen Science and Data Integration for Understanding Marine Litter
"Protecting the ocean is essential for the sustainability of the planet. Oceans provide food and livelihood for human populations, host vast biodiversity and ecosystems and provide climate regulatory services. However, … Read more
SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS - OTHER MATERIALS
DATA QUALITY AND STANDARDS IMPACT
CITIZEN SCIENCE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDGS) MARINE LITTER PLASTICS BEACH CLEAN-UPS
Report of Observatory of citizen science in Spain 2016.

This document presents a report on activities to promote and analyse citizen science in Spain during 2016, with the aim of increasing knowledge and vision of citizen science, based on … Read more

REPORTS - OTHER MATERIALS
ENGAGEMENT COMMUNICATION CS STORIES IMPACT EVALUATION OF CITIZEN SCIENCE REFLECTIONS ON SCIENCE
SPAIN OBSERVATORY OF CITIZEN SCIENCE ANALYSIS

Impact & Evaluation

Understanding the citizen science landscape for environmental policy: an assessment and recommendations

Citizen science is increasingly upheld with the potential to underpin all aspects of the environmental policy process. However, to date, contributions of citizen science to environmental decision-making remain sparse and … Read more

SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS - OTHER MATERIALS
BEST PRACTICES REGULATIONS AND ETHICS IMPACT EVALUATION OF CITIZEN SCIENCE
ENVIRONMENT BIODIVERSITY POLICY IMPACT
Citizen science for environmental policy. Development of an EU-wide inventory and analysis …

In January 2018 the European Commission launched a study to examine the influence of citizen science on environmental policies and sustainable development. The study was carried out by the French … Read more

REPORTS - OTHER MATERIALS
BEST PRACTICES IMPACT EVALUATION OF CITIZEN SCIENCE
ENVIRONMENT BIODIVERSITY POLICY IMPACT
A Framework for Articulating and Measuring Individual Learning Outcomes from Participation in …

Since first being introduced in the mid 1990s, the term “citizen science”—the intentional engagement of the public in scientific research—has seen phenomenal growth as measured by the number of projects … Read more

SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS - OTHER MATERIALS
EVALUATION OF CITIZEN SCIENCE
EVALUATION LEARNING OUTCOMES INFORMAL SCIENCE LEARNING
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