gold star selection

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

Initiation

Citizen Science Terminology Matters: Exploring Key Terms

 
English Text : Scientific Publication Introduction to CS Best practices ... community-based Participatory Research Crowdsourcing ...

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 …

SPOTTERON Citizen Science Platform

 
English Software Regulations and ethics Best practices ... App Communities ...

SPOTTERON is a fully customizable and reliable solution for your Citizen Science and volunteer monitoring projects. It can be fully adapted to your project's needs and is constantly updated and …

X-Polli:Nation IT

 
Italian Interactive Resource (Website) Best practices Project management ... Education School ...

X-Polli:Nation is a Citizen Science project on pollinating insects, developed by OPAL (led by Imperial College, London), in collaboration with several UK partners and the Maremma Natural History Museum in Italy.  …

Citizen science and global biodiversity

 
English Interactive Resource (Website) Introduction to CS Empowerment ... Biodiversity Environmental Monitoring ...

"This free course, Citizen science and global biodiversity, deals with the importance of biodiversity and explores how anyone can contribute to and be involved in identifying and recording wildlife, as …

Characteristics of Citizen Science – ECSA & EU-Citizen.Science Webinar #1

 
English Moving Image (Video) Introduction to CS Best practices ... Basic Concepts Characteristics ...

ECSA and EU-Citizen.Science co-hosted a webinar about the recently (2020) published ‘Characteristics of citizen science’. This document is the output of a community-based effort to outline what can be characterized …

Datacharter voor Citizen Science

 
Dutch Text Data quality and standards Regulations and ethics Data Management Privacy ...

Met het Datacharter voor Citizen Science biedt Scivil, het Vlaamse kenniscentrum citizen science (CS), een leidraad aan om bij een citizen-scienceproject tot goed gedocumenteerde data te komen. 
Het charter is …

The ECSA Characteristics of Citizen Science

 
English Text Best practices Characteristics

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 …

ECSA 10 Principles of Citizen Science

 
English Text Best practices Introduction 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’ …

X-Polli:Nation EN

 
English Interactive Resource (Website) Research design and methods Link with formal education Biodiversity Educators ...

X-Polli:Nation is a Citizen Science project on pollinating insects, developed by OPAL (led by Imperial College, London), in collaboration with several UK partners and the Maremma Natural History Museum in Italy. …

Citizen Science Toolkit for biodiversity scientists

 
English Text : Guideline Introduction to CS Best practices ... Biodiversity Toolkit ...

The Citizen Science Toolkit is aimed at researchers and scientists working in the fields of biodiversity or environmental sciences who are involved or have an interest in involving citizens in …

Leidraad bij Datacharter voor Citizen Science

 
Dutch Text Data quality and standards Regulations and ethics Citizen Science Data Citizen Science ...

Met het Datacharter voor Citizen Science biedt Scivil, het Vlaamse kenniscentrum citizen science (CS), een leidraad aan om bij een citizen-scienceproject tot goed gedocumenteerde data te komen. 
Het charter is …

Citizen science voor lokale besturen

 
Dutch Interactive Resource (Website) Project management Citizen Science stad ...

Dit draaiboek bevat tips en richtlijnen voor lokale besturen om met citizen science aan de slag te gaan. 

Dit draaiboek is een initiatief van Vlaams minister Bart Somers en het Agentschap …

Citizen science and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

 
English Text : Scientific Publication Introduction to CS Best practices ... Citizen Science Data SDG Monitoring ...

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 …

Citizen science for local government

 
English Text Project management citizen science city ...

Recent technological and societal advancements are allowing an increasing number of citizens to participate  in citizen science. At the same time, government institutions are adopting data-driven decision-making practices, are exploring …

Citizen Science and Scientific Crowdsourcing: an Introduction

 
English Interactive Resource (Website) Co-creation Reflections on science ... General Introduction

Formal university course on a variety of different citizen science topics from theory to practice of citizen science: requires registration.

Guide to Data Charter for Citizen Science

 
English Text Data quality and standards Regulations and ethics Citizen Science Data Citizen Science ...

With the Data Charter for Citizen Science, Scivil, the Flemish knowledge centre for citizen science (CS), provides a guide to achieving well-documented data in a citizen-science project.
The charter is …

Practicing Citizen Science in Zurich – Handbook

 
English Text Introduction to CS Best practices ... Introduction Starting Projects ...

This handbook is a practical guide on how to successfully design and run co-created Citizen Science projects, with some specific tips for practitioners in Zurich. The handbook is organized in …

Vigie Nature Ecole. Participant's kit

 
English Text : Guideline Instructions Biodiversity Education ...

This document provides all the keys you need for you and your classes to join in our citizen science programme. Thanks to rigorous protocols adapted for school children ages 3 …

Planning

Citizen Science & Open Science: Synergies & Future Areas of …

 
English Text : Policy Brief Reflections on science Policy making Policy engagement ...

Citizen Science (CS) and Open Science (OS) are among the most discussed topics in current research and innovation policy, and are becoming increasingly related. This policy brief was developed with …

Citizen Science Network Austria Arbeitsgruppe für Offene Biodiversitätsdatenbanken in Citizen …

 
German Text Best practices Project management ... Offene Daten Offene Wissenschaft ...

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 …

Quality Criteria for Citizen Science Projects on Österreich forscht | …

 
English Text : Guideline Research design and methods Engagement ... Criteria Minimum Standards ...

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 …

Guide to Running a Bioblitz 2.0

 
English Text : Guideline Research design and methods Engagement ... BioBlitz Engagement ...

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 …

Handbook for Citizen Science Quality Assurance and Documentation

 
English Text : Guideline Best practices Data quality and standards Data Management Metadata ...

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 …

Guide to Citizen Science - developing, implementing and evaluating citizen …

 
English Text : Guideline Research design and methods Design Environment ...

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 …

Citizen Science Projects: How to Make a Difference

 
English Interactive Resource (Website) Best practices Engagement ... Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) dat ...

"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 …

'Sensing the Risk' book launch

 
English Text : Book CS stories Empowerment ... Environment Toolkit ...

On March 15, the ‘Sensing the Risk’ book by Anna Berti Suman was launched, providing an accessible ‘toolbox’ for interested citizen science communities and policy-makers wishing to integrate citizen-sensed data …

Leitfaden für rechtliche Fragestellungen in Citizen-Science-Projekten

 
German Text : Guideline Best practices Regulations and ethics Copyright Creative Commons ...

Manual on legal questions in Citizen Science projects

In a participatory process in 2020 a guide for legal issues concerning insurance coverage, data protection and copyright was created at Museum …

European Clean Air Day - citizen science for clean air

 
English Text : Policy Brief Research design and methods Engagement Communities Policy making ...

According to health research and the World Health Organization (WHO), air pollution in urban areas leads to 3 million premature deaths annually. This policy brief presents a framework for organizing a …

Enhancing youth learning through Community and Citizen Science: a guide …

 
English Text : Report Best practices Research design and methods ... Biodiversity youth ...

This guide was designed to support practitioners running Community and Citizen Science programmes and similar informal science learning activities. It shares the findings and recommendations of the international LEARN CitSci …

Communication in Citizen Science: A practical guide to communication and …

 
English Text Communication communication

Citizen science is a vast field. It covers the spectrum of research approaches and offers different methods for engaging volunteers with research in a variety of ways. Common to every …

The SISCODE Co-Design Canvas

 
English Text Research design and methods Engagement ... codesign Co-Design

Connect people and ideas, harness the power of collective knowledge and act together! 

Congratulations! You have decided to join forces to tackle a social challenge; that is great! This Co-Design …

Recommendations for engagement and awareness raising in citizen science

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English Text Best practices Engagement ... Recommendations engagement ...

A digital resource providing recommendations
for engagement and awareness raising
surrounding citizen science

Participatory science toolkit against pollution

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English Text Instructions Toolkit Tools ...

This toolkit is the ultimate resource collection for everyone interested in doing citizen science (CS) following the vision developed by the ACTION project (www.actionproject.eu) that aimed at making CS more …

Execution

Report of Observatory of citizen science in Spain 2016

 
Spanish Text : Report Engagement Communication ... Analysis Observatory of Citizen Science ...

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 …

Citizen Science and Data Integration for Understanding Marine Litter

 
English Text : Other Data quality and standards Impact Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Beach Clean-ups ...

"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, …

Natural History Museum Guide to Citizen Science

 
English Text : Guideline Best practices Biodiversity Environment ...

Guide to help design and implement a citizen science project relating to biodiversity or the environment

Data Quality Resource Compendium by the CSA Data and Metadata …

 
English Text Data quality and standards Data Collection Data Management ...

The 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 …

Verso una strategia nazionale condivisa: Linee guida per lo sviluppo …

 
Italian Text : Policy Brief Research design and methods Engagement Policy making Policy engagement ...

Citizen science is the active engagement of citizens in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data for scientific purposes. Due to its multisectorial nature, it can play a role at …

Green Paper Citizen Science Strategy 2020 for Germany

 
English Text : White Paper / Green Paper Introduction to CS Data quality and standards ... Definition Development on National Level ...

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 …

MOOC "Have you seen an alien?"

 
English Interactive Resource (Website) Data quality and standards Introduction to CS ... Biodiversity Educators ...

The European Alien Species Information Network (EASIN) Citizen Science activities aim at bringing together people, scientists and policy makers in an effort to monitor and control invasive alien species (IAS) …

Towards a Shared National Strategy: Guidelines for the Development of …

 
English Text : Policy Brief Research design and methods Engagement Policy making Policy engagement ...

Citizen science is the active engagement of citizens in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data for scientific purposes. Due to its multisectorial nature, it can play a role at …

Impact & Evaluation

Citizen-Based Air Quality Monitoring: The Impact on Individual Citizen Scientists …

 
English Text Impact Evaluation of citizen science Air Quality Evaluation ...

Air pollution is a serious problem that is causing increasing concern among European citizens. It is responsible for more than 400,000 premature deaths in Europe each year and considerably damages …

Citizen Science Evaluation Framework

 
English Text : Scientific Publication Evaluation of citizen science Evaluation

In today’s knowledge-based society we are experiencing a rise in citizen science activities. Citizen science goals include enhancing scientific knowledge generation, contributing to societally relevant questions, fostering scientific literacy in …

Citizen science for environmental policy. Development of an EU-wide inventory …

 
English Text : Report Best practices Impact ... Biodiversity Environment ...

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 …

EU-Citizen.Science Workroom: Citizen science clinic - 1st session - Inspiring …

 
English Moving Image (Video) Introduction to CS Best practices ... Impact

Created by Ecsite, the network of science engagement organisations (https://www.ecsite.eu/), Workrooms provide science engagement professionals with a short series of online talks, group discussions and workshops, and even …

EU-Citizen.Science Workroom: Citizen science clinic - 2nd session- Impact assessment …

 
English Moving Image (Video) Introduction to CS Best practices ... Impact

Created by Ecsite, the network of science engagement organisations (https://www.ecsite.eu/), Workrooms provide science engagement professionals with a short series of online talks, group discussions and workshops, and even …

EU-Citizen.Science Workroom: Citizen science clinic - 3rd session - Financial …

 
English Moving Image (Video) Introduction to CS Best practices ... Impact

Created by Ecsite, the network of science engagement organisations (https://www.ecsite.eu/), Workrooms provide science engagement professionals with a short series of online talks, group discussions and workshops, and even …

ECSA Conference 2020

 
English Collection Best practices Empowerment ... Policy Collaboration ...

In September 2020, the third ECSA Conference Encounters in Citizen Science was held virtually from Trieste (Italy), making it the first online ECSA conference. While this presented some challenges in …

How Does Citizen Science “Do” Governance? Reflections from the DITOs …

 
English Text : Policy Brief Reflections on science Policy making Policy engagement ...

Citizen science (CS) is increasingly becoming a focal point for public policy to provide data for decision-making and to widen access to science. Yet beyond these two understandings, CS engages …

Citizen Science SDG Conference

 
English Collection Best practices Research design and methods ... Policy making Policy engagement ...

In October 2020, the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (MfN) with many partners, supported by the European Commission and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), held an international, hybrid conference …

Citizen Science for Policy across Europe

 
English Moving Image (Video) Best practices Engagement ... Policy making Policy ...

EU-Citizen.Science invited representatives from ministries across Europe and at the regional and local levels to engage in a discussion about citizen science and its benefits for policy making. The main …

A Framework for Articulating and Measuring Individual Learning Outcomes from …

 
English Text : Scientific Publication Evaluation of citizen science Evaluation Informal Science Learning ...

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 …

Understanding the citizen science landscape for environmental policy: an assessment …

 
English Text : Scientific Publication Best practices Regulations and ethics ... Biodiversity Environment ...

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 …

Evaluation and Impact Assessment in Citizen Science Projects

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English Interactive Resource (Website) Impact Evaluation of citizen science Evaluation Impact

This free course gives an overview of different approaches to evaluation and impact assessment for citizen science projects and presents a set of instruments and how these have been applied …

Geographic Citizen Science Design: no one left behind

 
English Text : Scientific Publication Best practices Research design and methods ... Indigenous Knowledge Mobile App ...

Little did Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and other ‘gentlemen scientists’ know, when they were making their scientific discoveries, that some centuries later they would inspire a new field of scientific …

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