A Swedish national hub for everyone interested in citizen science (medborgarforskning).
Platform made in the ARCS project, a collaboration project between the University of Gothenburg, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå University and the non-profit organisation VA (Public & Science).
The aim of the project was to help Swedish universities to use citizen science in a responsible and sustainable way, to interact with society. The end product was to be a national web portal for Swedish citizen science – medborgarforskning.se.
The site was launched in 2021 and has tools, guidelines and inspiration for researchers and other stakeholders who want to get involved in citizen science. There is also an interactive directory of all citizen science projects currently running in Sweden. The goal is for the portal to be a natural hub and a resource for everyone interested in citizen science.
Other activities within the ARCS project were to make an inventory of current and past Swedish citizen science projects, to explore Swedish researchers’ view of citizen science and to compile best practices for data quality, technical implementations, ethics and communication in citizen science projects.
ARCS is an acronym for “ARenas for Cooperation through citizen Science”. The project was funded by Vinnova – Sweden’s innovation agency, the University of Gothenburg, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå University.
Project Manager was Dick Kasperowski, Associate Professor of Theory of Science at the University of Gothenburg.